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.


Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin karate

Kyokushin karate


An experienced dentist who works on New York’s Staten Island, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has owned and operated Dentistry for Children for more than a quarter of a century. Outside of the professional environment, he is a dedicated athlete who built upon his experience as a former college wrestler to excel in the martial arts. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, holds two black belts in Vadha Kempo and Kyokushin karate.

A traditional form of marital arts that originated in Tibet, Vadha features a range of hand and foot strikes and defensive maneuvers as well as control arcs that can redirect an opponent’s force of attack rather than stop the attack directly. After the Vadha form came to the United States in the 1950s, American black belt John Salvaggio combined Vadha basics with other techniques to found a new martial art style known as Vadha Kempo.

Founded in 1964 as a full-contact incarnation of karate, Kyokushin stresses the importance of personal spiritual development and exploration, as well as practical self-defense. This form of karate takes its name from four Japanese words that translate as: “ultimate,” “truth from within,” “to join,” and “sanctuary or school.”