"The heart of our karate is real fighting. There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof there is no trust. Without trust there is no respect. This is a definition in the world of Martial Arts."
In Kyokushin Karate, one can test their physical and mental endurance by undertaking a Kumite Challenge. The test consists of a number rounds (e.g. 20, 50, etc.) that last for one and a half to two minutes long with usually only a minute or two between rounds. Typically in each round, the Karateka undergoing the test will face similarly or higher-ranked opponents, and may face an opponent a few times in the course of the test (depending on the number of opponents available to participate).
The most famous of this challenge is the 100-man Kumite.
In 1995 Filho, completed not one, but two 100-man Kumites. This was because his first was performed in Brazil, not Japan.
If you are looking to get into kickboxing, then look no further as Kyokushin fighters have dominated the kickboxing world. This was especially true in the 1990s and 2000s, when K-1 was center of gravity for all things kickboxing. Below is a list of just some of the amazing Kyokushin fighters to have been kings of the ring:
A key phase of MMA fighting is the stand-up phase. Many fighters employ some form of a stand-up style such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, and of course Karate. Below is a small taste of fighters who have employed some variation of Kyokushin Karate in their stand-up to be successful over the years:
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