Kyokushin karate is an authentic and traditional style of full contact karate originating in Japan. Whilst Kyokushin embraces, Kihon (techniques), Kata (combat forms similar to tai chi) The founder Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born Yong I-Choi on the 27th of July, 1923, in Southern Korea. At University in Japan he noticed some students training in Okinawan Karate. This interested him very much and he went to train at the dojo of Gichin Funakoshi at Takushoku University, where he learned what is today known as Shotokan Karate It also places a strong emphasis on Kumite – sparing and also kumite. Kyokushin Karate was founded in 1964 by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama.