Australian Kyokushin Karate Association (AKKA)
AKKA's purpose is the teaching and developing students of Kyokushin
prejudices are made for race, religion, affiliation or whatever
of Kyokushin Karate in Australia
In the early 1960's students of Oyama Karate began training in Australia
and New Zealand. In 1967 Shigeru Kato was sent from Japan and trained
students in Sydney and Melbourne then returned in the same year.
In the following year, 1968, the South Pacific Kyokushinkai Organisation
was established under the chairmanship of Ivan Zavechanos until
1970 whereupon John Jarvis (New Zealand) was appointed as chairman.
In 1969 the New Zealand Kyokushin Association was formed but it
wasn't until 1974 that the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association
was born. The first meeting was attended by John Taylor, Gary Viccars,
Brian Ellison, Grant Radonich, Peter Wolfe and Trevor Field.
1977, AKKA held the first Australian Open Knockdown Championships
before a packed audience at the Sydney Town Hall. Sosai Oyama (or
Kancho as he was known then) attended, visiting Australia for the
first time. The Open champion at the inaugural event was Nikola Cujic.
In 1979, John Taylor was appointed chairman of the South Pacific
Kyokushinkai Organisation. In 1988, the AKKA held the Commonwealth
Championships in Sydney with nine countries competing. Sosai Oyama
attended this event and described it as the best tournament ever
held outside of Japan.
26-Apr-1994 Sosai Oyama passed away, a very sad event for Kyokushin
Karate worldwide. After the mourning period, the Kyokushin Karate
organization in Japan and around the world then endured several
years of disharmony from which Australia was not immune. In 1995,
several factions arose and AKKA became affiliated with what has
eventually become the IKO-Matsushima Organisation.
Hanshi John Taylor
Branch Chief: Shihancho Gary Viccars
Branch Chief: Shihan Tony Bowden
Karate Organisation Kyokushin Kaikan (IKO)
INTERNATIONAL KARATE ORGANIZATION KYOKUSHINKAIKAN under the leadership
of Kancho Yoshikazu Matsushima, is an organization devoted
to the heritage of the late Sosai Masutatsu Oyama founder of the
Kyokushin style and works with open mind. It has a fully democratic
constitution, which consists of a General Assembly for constitutional
matters and an International Committee for the daily management
of the organization. Every member is free to participate on events
organized by any other organization. Every member can ask anybody
to participate at events organized by himself. No prejudices are
made for race, religion, affiliation or whatever reason. There are
over 60 countries in the organisation. Hanshi John
Taylor is the Vice-President and International Liaison