|The International Karate Organization and the Kyokushinkaikan follow the Karate way of building character and training the mind and body to contribute to society, based on Sosai Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin spirit “Keep your head low (modesty), eyes high (ambition), mouth shut (serenity); base yourself on filial piety and benefit others.” We in Kyokushin Karate-Do do not promote or practice discrimination or prejudice based on ethnicity, race, nationality, politics, philosophy, religion, sex or age and recognize that everyone has the same rights. Our greatest pursuit is to reach for the goal of international friendship and world peace.
Name of this Organization
The name of this Organization is the “International Karate Organization” (IKO). The IKO and the Kyokushinkaikan are synonymous because the two have the same purpose, that is to promote and popularize Kyokushin Karate-D
Founder and President
Founder and President ：The Founder of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan and of Kyokushin Karate-Do was Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, 1923-1994
The President：The President of the International Karate Organization and the President of Kyokushinkaikan are one in the same.
The President of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan, as appointed by Sosai to succeed the Organization, is Kancho Shokei Matsui
- Headquarters (“Honbu Dojo”)
- The Headquarters of the IKO is located in Tokyo, Japan at 2-38-1, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0021, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5992-9200 / Fax: +81-3-5992-9600
- Head Office
- The Head Office of the IKO is located at 3-7 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6452-5773 / Fax: +81-3-6452-5774
To contribute to society through the wisdom of Kyokushin Karate-Do.
To attain the goal of world peace by promoting international friendship
Kancho & Committee Member
|Kancho Shokei Matsui – President of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan
Shokei (Akiyoshi) Matsui started Kyokushin Karate at the age of 13. In 1976, he joined the Kita Nagare-Yama Dojo in the Chiba prefecture of Japan, managing to achieve Shodan (first degree) Black Belt in a little over a year. In 1980, Matsui placed fourth in the 12th All Japan Open Karate Championships when he was just 17. Soon after, he became Chief Instructor of the International Kyokushin Headquarters School, “Honbu” Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
IKO Kyokushinkaikan Advisor
|Shihan Yuzo Goda – Executive Advisor & International Committee Chairman
Born on March 17, 1940, Shihan Yuzo Goda, Chief Advisor for the IKO Kyokushinkaikan, has been involved in Kyokushin since his late teens. Setting his sights on karate training after graduating high school in April 1959, Shihan Goda became one of the first disciples of Sosai Mastatsu Oyama at the Oyama Dojo in Ikebukuro – the original Kyokushin school and precursor to the IKO Kyokushinkaikan Honbu today.
International Committee Members
|Shihan Katsuhito Gorai – International Committee Member
|Shihan Kenny Uytenbogaardt – International Committee Member
|Shihan Seiji Isobe – International Committee Member