Kyokushinkai Karate is considered one of the strongest full contact karate styles in the world. It was founded by Masutatsu Oyama in Japan in the late 1950s.

The symbol shown below is worn on the front of the gi (uniform) on the left of the wearer’s chest. The symbol is Japanese calligraphy artwork for “kyokushinkai,” which is the name given by Sosai Mas Oyama to the karate style he created.


The artwork was originally painted by Sensei Haramotoki, calligraphy master and friend of Sosai Mas Oyama. It means “Society of the ultimate truth” and is comprised of the three Kanji characters shown here to the right: “kyoku,” “shin,” and “kai”.

KYOKU meaning “Ultimate”.
SHIN meaning “Truth” or “Reality”
KAI meaning “Society” or “Association”.


Kanku, which came out from Kanku Kata, In this kata, the the hands are raised and the fingers meet to form an opening circle through which the sky is viewed.51
The top and bottom points of the Kanku represent the first fingers of each hand touching at the top and the thumbs touching at the bottom,symbolizing the peaks or ultimate points. The thick sections at the sides represent the wrists, symbolizing power. The center circle represents the opening between the hands through which the sky is viewed,symbolizing infinite depth. The whole Kanku is enclosed by a circle, symbolizing continuity and circular action.