What is Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin is often referred to as the “strongest karate” due to the advanced form of full contact karate created by the late Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin fighters are known world-wide for their powerful full contact fighting expertise.

Where are our Dojos/Clubs based?

Mas Oyama Karate NZ KyokushinKaikan has dojos throughout New Zealand, led by highly respected instructors who welcome new members and people of all abilities and ages. To find out more click here.


Welcome to Mas Oyama Karate NZ Kyokushin Kaikan (MOKNZ)

With over 150 years’ experience between our leading four Shihans we offer highly qualified and internationally recognised instruction. They form a strong leadership team for New Zealand dojos. The MOKNZ Dojos throughout the country also boast highly qualified and experienced instructors.




How did Mas Oyama Karate NZ Kyokushinkaikan (MOKNZ) come about?

We were the first to bring Kyokushin karate to New Zealand. In 1965 Shihan Doug Holloway introduced Kyokushin karate training to New Zealand after returning from Japan where he was personally trained by Masutatsu Oyama. Shihan Doug has continued to foster the art and it has risen from strength to strength throughout New Zealand. Shihan Doug remains the patron of MOKNZ, together with 7th Dans: Kevin Pepperell (President); Graeme Gavegan (South Island Branch Chief) and Mike Kenworthy (North Island Branch Chief), they form the leading executive of the Mas Oyama Karate NZ Kyokushin Kaikan. To find out more about our leaders check out the Profile Page.
Kyokushin is more than just an effective form of self defence