Hundred people Kumite
Kyokushin Karate is famous for its powerful combating ability as well as the superb determination demonstrated by its practicioners. This foundation was built by President Oyama’s hardwork as well as all his disciples’ performances and results.
In order to maintain the noble spirit of Kyokushin Karate, President Oyama established an ultimate test, called the 'hundred-man kumite’ , meaning to fight a hundred men.
The 'hundred-man Kumite’ is regarded as the ultimate challenge in Kyokushin Karate.
The challenger has to fight a hundred rounds in full contact style, with one hundred opponents in rounds of two minutes each. If the challenger is being knocked out by over 5 seconds in any round, he will be judged as failing the test.
Prior to establishing this ultimate challenge, President Oyama himself tried it out to experience the feasibility of this challenge.
First, he hand-picked his most skilful black belt disciples as his opponents, fighting them one by one in rounds of two minutes each. After all disciples have fought their rounds, they are asked to come back again until a hundred rounds have been fought.
Back then, President Oyama fought 100 men on each day, taking a rest when it was done and start it over again the next day. In this format, he fought a total of 3 days in a row, completing a historical 300-man kumite.
In these three days, some of his disciples had the luck to fight him two to three times, but most ended up being injured and did not have the second chance.
On the fourth day, when President Oyama would like to continue, he found that none of his disciples has the ability to fight him anymore, and thus he ended the test.
In these three days, President Oyama had been fighting ‘full contact’ style with his best disciples without any protective gear, demonstrating fully the Kyokushin Budo spirit.
In the early days, the hundred-man kumite was being held over two days, challenging 50 men per day. Since 1972, President Oyama further lifted its level of difficulty and changed it to fighting one hundred men in one day.
Hundred people Kumite record