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World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai


Kyokushin Karate, founded by the late Sosai Masutatsu Oyama in 1956, has developed into a world class Budo (martial art).  In 2003, the name of the organization was officially changed to the NPO World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai (NPO = Non-Profit Organization).  We have inherited the will and tradition of Kyokushin Karate which has become a spiritual and cultural heritage of the world.  As of April, 2012, the WKO Shinkyokushinkai is the largest organization of its kind, consisting of over 80,000 members in 81 countries throughout the world.  Led by Kancho Kenji Midori, the president of our organization, the WKO has mounted a campaign to have Karate included as an official Olympic sport by the time the 2020 Olympics take place in Tokyo.

The red circular symbol to the left is the Kokoro (see below for a detailed explanation).  The four Japanese characters below the kokoro are kanji for "shin", "kyoku", "shin", "kai" meaning "new", "ultimate", "truth", "association".

For more information about the WKO Shinkyokushinkai, click here to download a full-color brochure (in .pdf format).  Warning: depending on the speed of your internet connection, the file may take several minutes to download (it is over 90 megabytes in size).

The Philosophy Of Shinkyokushinkai


Master our Mind

To keep pursuing the strongest Budo Karate.  Shinkyokushinkai, which was built from this hope, will master our mind together, and contribute to world peace.



This mark has its roots in the kanji character “Kokoro” (mind or heart).  The origins of Kyokushin started from the axiom, “One thousand days of training completes a beginner. Ten thousand days of training begins the mastery of the art.”  This mark also symbolizes “Shin-Gi-Tai”, or the unification of the spirit, technique, and body, which is vital in the development of the Budo spirit.

Activity Policy of Shinkyokushinkai


Under the main philosophy to “Master our Mind”, the activities of Shinkyokushinkai are centered on the activity policy of “Nurturing Youth”, “Social Contribution”, and “International Exchange”.  The teaching of Karate, the activities of domestic and overseas Branches, charity activities for the Marrow Donor Program, blood donation activities, international cooperation activities, and the organizing of various tournaments, are all held under the main philosophy and activity policy, and we will continue with our activities, with the goal of becoming the strongest and largest Karate organization in the world, in all factors.


Nurturing Youth

While developing children who can connect kindness with strength, we strive to create an environment where men and women of all ages can gather, train and develop their mind and body, and develop a warm relationship.  We also organize various tournaments, where we pursue the strongest Budo Karate.


Social Contribution

We have continued our activities toward creating a society where one can feel the importance of life, such as blood donations, and charity events for the Marrow Donor Program since 1998.  We also concentrate our efforts on social contribution activities in overseas countries, such as the participation in NGO activities, and volunteer projects.


International Exchange

81 affiliated countries across the world (as of April 2012).  With the objective of spreading the Budo spirit of Japan, we actively take part in international events, such as tournaments, seminars, and training camps.  Through the communication of the mind and body, we aim for the international exchange of people and culture.