Founder | Sosai Masutatsu Oyama

sosai oyama

Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama was born Yong I-Choi on the 27th of July, 1923, in a village not far from Gunsan in Southern Korea. At a relatively young age, he was sent to Manchuria, in Southern China, to live on his sister’s farm. At the age of nine, he started studying the Southern Chinese form of Kempo called Eighteen hands from a Mr. Yi who was at the time working on the farm. When Oyama returned to Korea at the age of 12, he continued his training in Korean Kempo. READ MORE

President | Kancho Yoshikazu Matsushima

kancho matsushima breaking concrete block

Yoshikazu Matsushima was born on April 23rd, 1947. Kancho Matsushima started training karate at the Ikebukuro dojo in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. He was a student of Sosai Oyama. He has taught karate around the world, has appeared in magazines, television shows and movies promoting the Kyokushinkai. Matsushima Kancho was selected to appear in Sosai’s book “Advanced Karate”. In 1989, he was awarded a special presentation by Sosai Oyama for promoting Kyokushin Karate! READ MORE

N. American Chief | Hanshi Roman Szyrajew

hanshi roman fighting stance

Shihan Roman Szyrajew began his karate training in the late 60’s with Roger Lesourd, the father of Kyokushin Karate in Canada. A 7th Dan black-belt, he has acquired a world-wide reputation as one of the foremost authorities in Karate and an eminent karate practitioner and teacher. He trained for many years with Shigeru Oyama, and trained personally with Mas Oyama in Japan on several occasions. Shihan Roman travels regularly to teach the Kyokushin Way. READ MORE

Branch Chief | Shihan Ian Quitadamo

shihan ian in seiza

Shihan Ian Quitadamo began martial arts training over 25 years ago in Danzanryu Jiu‐jutsu under Sensei Ron Jennings. During this time he met Professor Wally Jay, an international jiu‐jutsu expert. After jiu‐jutsu, Shihan Quitadamo began training under Sempai Tommy Burris and later under Shihan John Adams in Dentoteki Karate, an unrecognized branch of Kyokushin under Sensei Don Allen. Shihan Quitadamo remained with Shihan Adams when he left Dentoteki and joined IKO‐Matsushima under Shihan Roman Szyrajew. READ MORE