Kyokushinkai has remained traditional throughout its history, with equal value given to both the physical and fighting elements together with spiritual and etiquette elements. Top fighters are expected to have strong moral and respectful qualities and one of the most important philosophies in Kyokushin karate is the need to persevere at all times.
Waterfall training in the U.K. was started by Sensei Alan Jones in the early 1980s. It was then brought to Wales and Sgwd yr Eira (Falls of Snow) in 1983 by Sensei Gary Bufton and has continued every year with Shihan Terry Prescott ever present at the falls. Training at the falls is an important part of the continued training of one’s strength of character known as ‘osu no seisin’ or ‘the spirit of Osu. Osu implies a willingness to push oneself to the very limits of endurance, and to persevere under any kind of pressure.
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