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11/14/2017

A BRIEF HISTORY
The art of Karate can be traced back to the fighting method known as
Shao-lin- tssu which was originally brought to China by the Buddhis
monk
Bodhidharma around 5th or 6th century. Bodhidharma, the 26th
patriarch of Buddhism, believed that an individual who achieved
harmony between the body and the spirit could achieve
enlightenment. While he was in China he taught the monks a
specialized system of combat (developed in India) and combined it
rigorous meditation techniques to help them progress towards
enlightenment
Over many years this system of combat evolved with the influence of
Chinese culture and eventually became known as Kempo (Chinese
fist). As a result, the Buddhist monks that later travelled to Korea and
Japan to spread Buddhism also taught this Martial Art. As each
ntry would integrate it's own culture with Buddhism a new and
unique evolution of the original fighting system occurred. Buddhism
and this Martial Art eventually landed in Okinawa where the system
evolved to into something that resembles the Japanese styles of
Karate today.
In 1923 the Karate Master Gichin Funakoshi formally introduced
Okinawa karate to Japan. He is believed to be the first person to teach
Karate publicly in a dojo (training hall
His style was given the name
Shotokan, (from his pen name Shoto and he attracted numerous
students. One of his top students was a young man named Mas
Oyama who at the age of 20 had achieved a Black Belt Fourth Dan
After many years of training Oyama felt that Karate was missing
certain essential elements of effectiveness and to find the answer he
retreated to the mountains in isolation. He dedicated himself to daily
meditation and vigorous training for 18 months. With h
greatly
refined he returned to society and held public demonstrations to prove
his Karate effectiveness. He could be seen breaking stones, tiles
boards, and even fighting bulls. Due to much interest by the public in
his skill he opened his own dojo and named his new style
Kyokushinkai (way of ultimate truth). The style incorporates full
contact blows to the body and is often referred to as knockdown
karate
In the 1960's Mas Oyama accepted a French student, Roger Lesourd
Roger lived and trained in Japan directly under Mas Oyama and was
eventually awarded a 3rd Dan Black Belt along with the title of Branch
Chief for Canada. In 1968, Roger brought Kyokushinkai Karate to
Canada and trained many of the big names known in Karate today. In
1973 Roger Lesourd found that the knockdown karate he was
teaching intimidated the masses and wasn't reaching those whom it
was meant for. He chose to formulate a new style, Samourai Karate
hich was named in honour of the movie "The 7 Samurai" where the
Samurai defend the village from ruthless warlord. Samourai Karate
was designed by incorporating the effectiveness of Kyokushin Karate
and the traditional spiritual practices used by the Samurai. This style
was very successful and became well respected throughout the
martial communit

 

 

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