Karate (空手) is a civilian self defense system focused on using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed strikes.
Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are also taught.
Karate was formalized in Okinawa in the 17th century, and was popularized via Japan in the early 1900′s.
The style of Karate practiced at the Keishoukan Dojo and the PAL Karate Clubs is known as Kyokushin (極真).
Kyokushin Karate was founded in the early 1960′s by the late Grandmaster Masutatsu Oyama. The Japanese translation of “kyokushin” is as follows:
KYOKU (極) – ultimate
SHIN (真) – truth
Kyokushin is therefore translated as “the search for the ultimate truth”.
Kyokushin is well known for its disciplined and rigorous training. Influences of Shoto-kan and Goju-ryu, which were also studied by Mas Oyama in his early years, can be seen in various techniques and kata (forms) in the Kyokushin system.
Keishoukan Dojo is the only school that provides training in Kyokushin Karate in Minnesota