An Introduction to Kyokushin Karate

Glenn J. Marie, DDS, balances his work as a pediatric dentist with a highly active personal life. A karate practitioner for 35 years, Glenn J. Marie has achieved a black belt in the kyokushkin form.

Kyokushin karate stems from the work of founder Masutatsu Oyama, who established the form as a way of returning to what he believed were the more combat-oriented roots of the practice. Adhering to in the values of discipline and personal growth, he advocated for full-contact sparring and a demanding training regimen to promote these qualities.

Experienced in multiple forms of karate, including Goju-Ryu, Oyama strove to emulate samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi. He engaged in three years of intensive solitary training atop Mount Kiyozumi, and 18 months later, he made himself famous when he killed a charging bull with a single blow. In doing so, he embodied the samurai code of certain death with a single strike.

Oyama went on to create kyokushin as a form of karate that focused on bushido, the way of the samurai warrior, rather than on the martial code of budo that was the focus of other martial arts. Translated in its original language to “society for the ultimate truth,” kyokushin has become known as “the strongest karate” for its emphasis on success in combat.