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Photo of Black Belt students with Hanshi John Taylor at the annual AKKA Camp
Mas Oyama shaking hands with Hanshi John Taylor

Hanshi John Taylor

9th Dan Kyokushin Karate


07 Jun 1941 - 27 Sep 2023

John began his Kyokushin journey sixty years ago and was, at one time, a full time student of Sosai Mas Oyama. After receiving his Sandan he was one of the founders of AKKA and then elected chairman. For over six decades Hanshi taught Kyokushin Karate to thousands of students and promoted the growth of Kyokushin Karate in Australia, the South Pacific and Internationally. His contributions and leadership to Kyokushin Karate have left an indelible mark on all past and present karateka, Senpai, Sensai and Shihan (Hanshi's kohai). He will certainly be truly missed by all those who knew him.


Early 1960's










26th April 1994


27th September 2023


1970 - 1971















Students of Masutatsu Oyama Karate begin training in Australia and New Zealand.

John Taylor commenced training

John Taylor graded to Shodan 1st Dan Black Belt

Shigeru Kato is sent from Japan to train students in Sydney and Melbourne and then returns to Japan

The South Pacific Kyokushinkai Organization is established under the chairmanship of Ivan Zavechanos.

The New Zealand Kyokushin Association is formed.

John Taylor graded to Nidan 2nd Dan Black Belt

John Jarvis (from New Zealand) is appointed as chairman of the South Pacific Kyokushinkai Organization.

John Taylor trained at Honbu for one year

John Taylor graded to Sundan 3rd Dan Black Belt

The Australian Kyokushin Karate Association (AKKA) is established. The founding members include John Taylor, Gary Viccars, Brian Ellison, Grant Radonich, Peter Wolfe, and Trevor Field. John is Elected Chairman of the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association.

AKKA holds the first Australian Open Knockdown Championships at the Sydney Town Hall. Sosai Oyama (Kancho at the time) attends the event.

John Taylor graded to Yondan 4th Dan Black Belt

Founder member of the Federation of Australian
Karate-Do (FAKO), now known as the Australian Karate Federation, a government sponsored group. elected President of the NSW Branch in 1975.

John Taylor is appointed chairman of the South Pacific Kyokushinkai Organization.

John Taylor graded to Godan 5th Dan Black Belt

AKKA hosts the first Commonwealth Karate Championships Sydney Town Hall, with participation from nine countries. Sosai Oyama attends and considers it the best tournament held outside of Japan.

John appointed Chairman of the South Pacific Kyokushin Karate Organisation

John Taylor Graded to Rokudan 6th Dan Black Belt

John Taylor Graded to Shichidan 7th Dan Black Belt

Sosai Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, passes away, deeply impacting the Kyokushin Karate community worldwide.

Following the mourning period, disharmony arises within the Kyokushin Karate organization in Japan and around the world. AKKA becomes affiliated with what eventually becomes the IKO-Matsushima Organization.

Organised the first Commonwealth Kyokushin Karate Championships in 1988 with 15 Commonwealth countries participating, as part of the Australian bicentennial celebrations.

John Taylor became the “Martial Arts” columnist for the Eastern Suburbs Newspapers.

Organised the formation of the International Ring- Karate Association and became the International President. On the 17th November was elected as the Vice President of the International Karate Organisation Kyokushin Kaikan in charge of all areas outside Japan. The President is 8th Dan Shihan Matsushima.

John Taylor Graded to Kudan 9th Dan Black Belt

Awarded the “2000 Australian Sport Medal” for Sporting Achievement

John Taylor is Nominated for Australian of the Year Award

Hanshi John Taylor, passes away, deeply impacting the Kyokushin Karate community worldwide.

Following the passing of Hanshi John Taylor on 27th September 2023 and in consultation with Kancho Matsushima, MKA was formed as a national body. IKO Matsushima Australian dojos are divided into seven branches, lead by a Branch Chief.


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Hanshi John Taylor with Sensei Mohammed Aziz demonstrating a technique at the AKKA Camp
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