Kyokushin Karate: A Japanese martial art that is based on the fighting techniques of both Shotokan Karate & Goju-Ryu Karate. However, the main difference lies in the principle of kumite or "sparring" and kihon or "technique". They do not believe in mastery of katas alone. Therefore, Kyokushin requires its students to engage in full-contact sparring in order to master the art. Furthermore, they incorporate Boxing and Muay Thai techniques in their kihon. Kyokushin Karate is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal. Kyokushin Karate emphasizes realistic combat, physical toughness, and practicality in its training curriculum.