The Australian branch is headed by Shihan Peter Volke, 6th Dan and WKO Shinkyokushin South Pacific Chairman. Following is a list of Australian affiliated Shinkyokushin dojos (visit them!) and a brief history of the World Karate Organisation (WKO).
Cnr Kilberry Blvd & Warana Drive, Hampton Park, 3976
Ph: 0407 093 760
Bellbrae Primary School, School Rd, Bellbrae, 3228
Ph: 0416 175 822
New South Wales
Whitlam Leisure Centre, Memorial Ave, Liverpool, 2170
Ph: 0402 079 676
Cabramatta Public School, Levuka Street, Cabramatta, 2166
Ph: 0402 079 676
Northern Beaches Shinkyokushin Karate
John Evans, Davy Loo
Manly Fight Gym, Level 1 / 6 The Corso, Manly, 2095
Manly Vale Community Centre Cnr Lovett St and Condamine St, Manly Vale, 2093
Ph: 0402 193 282
Ph: 0410 613 709
Kyokushin (極真) is a style of full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu). "Kyokushin" is Japanese for "the ultimate truth." It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million).
After the death of Sosai Oyama in April, 1994, the name of the organization was changed to “World Karate Organization (WKO) – Shinkyokushinkai”. meaning “New Kyokushinkai”/ The WKO remained true to the codes of Oyama Sosai who was against the professionalizing and commercializing of the Organization. (Source: Wikipedia, emadojola.com)
Today, the WKO is one of the world largest full-contact karate organisation. The WKO currently works in collaboration with the Japanese Olympic committee for the admission and approval of Karate as an Olympic sport. This is expected to become a reality in 2020 when Japan will host the 32nd Summer Olympic Games. The fact that we are a Not For Profit International Organisation, with over 76 member countries, attests to the popularity and success Shinkyokushinkai has attained around the Globe.