History of Kyokushinkai Karate
Kyokushinkai karate was founded by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. Sosai Oyama believed that karate, although linear in its presentation, was based on the physics of the circle and the point. He realized that to be effective in karate each student had to learn how to be powerful while conserving energy. The most efficient way to generate power is through the use of the principles of the circle and the point. Sosai Oyama created the 100-man kumite challenge to test his most advanced students and to demonstrate how important it is to be able to execute powerful techniques while conserving energy. Even the most advanced students needed to learn the use of the circle and the point in order to have the requisite endurance to complete the challenge. The pursuit of excellence in karate is the pursuit of understanding the use of the circle and the point in the movement of the human body.
I had the honor of studying Kyokushin karate under Kancho Donald I. Buck and Kancho Stephen M. Senne. I have been a loyal Kyokushin karate student since 1972. I have been a Kyokushin karate instructor for over 35 years. Recently, in 2009, I was awarded an honorary Judan (10th Dan) from the Leopard Karate Honbu.
In Kyokushin karate I am recognized as a Hachi Dan (8th Dan). There is only one Judan in Kyokushin karate, Sosai Matsutatsu Oyama. I remain loyal to his teachings and the importance of the circle and point. Osu!
Hanshi Patrick Scott Moore
In the photo (early 1980s) from left to right:
Hanshi Patrick Scott Moore, "The Serpent",
EnMei-ryu Karate-do Master Dan Layne,
Kancho Stephen M. Senne, "The Leopard",
Shihan Ken Ebina, "The Cobra",
Hanshi Terry Hotchkins, "The Ice Bear".
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