Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin Karate

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Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin
Affiliated to IKO Kyokushin GB, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan and to the Welsh Karate Governing Body 

Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin Karate Club trains at Pyle Life Centre, Helig Fan, Pyle CF33 6BS on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm 8.30pm. Beginners and new members are welcome.

Chief Instructor:  Shihan Paul Greenway (5th Dan), IKO Kyokushinkaikan Branch Chief, Wales Kyokushin Chief Instructor and Chairman, IKO Kyokushin GB Chief Referee, International and National Referee. Telephone Number: 07818 072743
Assistant Instructors: Senpais Tony Allen (2nd Dan), Jarrad Thomas (1st Dan), Sion Carr (1st Dan).

Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin (originally Cornelly Karate Kyokushinkai) was founded by Senpai David Llewellyn at North Cornelly Community Hall in 1977. Senpai David Llewellyn, (then) Senpai Paul Greenway and Senpai Les Mundy were originally members of Bridgend Karate Kyokushinkai. When Senpai David opened Cornelly Dojo, Senpai Paul and Senpai Les went with him Paul was from Pyle and Les was from North Cornelly so this Dojo was closer to their home. When Pyle & District Leisure Centre (now Pyle Life Centre) opened, the Dojo relocated to there and was renamed Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin.
Shihan Paul obtained his 3rd Dan under Shihan Steve Arneil of the BKK in 1990. A year later Senpai David Llewellyn (1st Dan) decided to hand the club over to Paul, although Senpai David still continued to train at Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin.
Shihan Paul Greenway was given the position of Branch Chief by Kancho Matsui, Head of the International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan in 1996. He was graded by Kancho Matsui to 4th Dan in 1997 and to 5th Dan in 2003. Shihan Paul is Chairman and Chief Instructor of Wales Kyokushin. All Black Belts in Wales Kyokushin have trained, and still train under him at Pyle & Cornelly Dojo in preparation for their gradings and to further develop their karate technique and knowledge.
Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin has had much tournament success throughout the years.

Affiliated to IKO Kyokushin GB, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan and to the Welsh Karate Governing Body 
Shihan Paul Greenway brought the Welsh Dojos who followed Kancho Matsui into the Welsh Karate Governing Body under the name Wales Kyokushin.
Wales Kyokushin, under Shihan Paul have organised numerous Summer Camps, annual IKO GB National tournaments and bi-annual England v Wales v Scotland Tournaments in addition to regular training courses.
Wales Kyokushin students have represented Wales at National and International Competitions including the World Tournament and European Tournaments.
Shihan Paul gained the position of European and World Referee and has been called on to referee at tournaments throughout Europe, Kuwait, New York and at the World Tournament in Japan.
Wales Kyokushin has, at the moment, 6 Dojos. New members are welcome to join the Wales Kyokushin Organisation at any of the dojos listed below.
The Dojos and instructors are as follows:
Pyle & Cornelly Kyokushin      Instructor Shihan Paul Greenway (5th Dan) Chief Instructor &
                                        Branch Chief Wales Kyokushin
Newport Kyokushin           Instructor - Sensei Talib Hussain (3rd Dan)
Cobra-kai Kyokushin           Instructor - Sensei Richard McCann (3rd Dan)
Barry Kyokushin              Instructor - Senpai Phill Sedgmond (2nd Dan)
Bridgend Kyokushin           Instructor - Senpai Jason Manley (1st Dan)
Port Talbot Kyokushin         Instructor - Senpai Jarrad Thomas (1st Dan)

On February 4th 2017, Wales Kyokushin will hold a tournament at Barry Memorial Hall, and over the weekend of July 20th, a Summer Camp and National Grading at Atlantic College, St. Donats.



Karate is both an art and philosophy, because each person has a diffrent personality, this reflect in their interpretation. Therefore, Karate masters founded their own school, teaching their style or ryu.
Kyokushin is the name given to our ryu, which was originated by the master, Masutatsu Oyama. Kyoku means utimate, shin truth or reality.
The symbol of Kyokushin is the Kanku. This is derived from the Kanku Kata, sky-gazing form, in which the hands raised to scan the sky, thus forming the symbol with the joining fingers and thumbs.
The point of the Kanku are represented by the fingers and imply the ultimate or peaks. The thick sections are represented from the wrists and imply power. The center implies infinity and depth. The whole Kanku is enclosed by a circle, implying continuity and circular movement.


We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm, unshaken spirit.
We will pursue the true meaning of the Martial Way, so that in time our senses may be alert.
With true vigor, we will seek to cultivate a sprit of self denial.
We will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors and refrain from violence.
We will follow our religious principles, and never forget the true virtue of humility.
We will look upward to wisdom and strength not seeking other desires.
All our lives, through the discipline of karate, we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin Way.


Having color belts is a good incentive for students and a good way of measuring progress. In Kyokushinkai, we have a system of colored belts from white to black which are as follows -

Beginners    - White Belt

10th & 9th Kyu  - Orange Belt

8th & 7th Kyu  - Blue Belt

6th & 5th Kyu  - Yellow Belt

4th & 3rd Kyu  - Green Belt

2nd & 1st Kyu  - Brown Belt

Shodan and above - Black Belt

Statutory Time Limit between Examination:

10th Kyu to 3rd Kyu : Grading may be taken at three monthly intervals.

3rd Kyu to 1st Kyu : Grading may be taken at six monthly intervals.

1st Kyu to Shodan : A candidate must hold the grade of 1st Kyu for one full year before applying for Shodan.

Shodan to Nidan : Minimum of Two years.

Nidan to Sandan : Minimum of Three years.

Sanadan to Yondan : On recommendation of Shihan.

All national Grading are subject to the recommendation of the students Dojo Instructor.


1st and 2nd Dans     - Sempai (Senior)

3rd and 4th Dans   - Sensei(Teacher) 

5th Dan and above    - Shihan (Master)

Master of the house or senior man in the style - Kancho (Master).   

The place in which one trains karate is called a `dojo`
When training, one normally uses the Japanese terms, which are internationally known and therefore understood by nearly everyone practicing karate through the world.
Discipline within a well-run dojo is always very strict and the instructor is always addressed by his title; this helps maintain the proper relationship between a teacher and his students, which is always very formal.
Upon entering or leaving a dojo one always bows and gives an Osu. The bow is a sign of respect for the training hall, which in Japan is regarded as a place with spiritual significance.
A lesson always begins with the students lining up in grade order and facing the instructor. The instructor gives the following commands Seiza      ( a command to kneel down)
Mokuso    (Period of meditation)  
Mokuso Yame
Sosai ni, Rei   (Bow with loud OSU)
Tatte kudasai  (Please stand up)

At the end of the lesson, the students lining up in grade order and facing the instructor. The instructor gives the following commands Seiza      ( a command to kneel down)
Shinzen ni Rei  (bow).
Dojo kun  (Training oath is recited)
Mokuso    (Period of meditation)  
Mokuso Yame
Sosai ni, Rei   (Bow with loud OSU)
Sensei ni, Rei  (Bow with OSU)
Sempai ni, Rei (Bow with OSU)
Otagai ni, Rei  (Bow with OSU)
Domo arigato gozaimashita. ( repeats loudly - Arigato gozaimashita).


Position      - Stance
Balance       - Control of position
Co-ordination - Control of balance and position in technique
Form         - Performing above correctly
Speed        - Increase time rate of performance without loss of form 
Power         - Strengthening the technique
Refelex       - The technique becomes a natural movement
It is essential that the progression is not rushed, but developed at each stage.


Wales Kyokushin is affiliated to International Karate Organisation Kyokushinkaikan based in Tokyo, Japan. Wales Kyokushin is also affiliated to the European Kyokushin Karate Organisation, the Kyokushin Great Britain Organisation, and to the Welsh Karate Governing Body. Within Wales Kyokushin, Shihan Paul Greenway (5th Dan) is the Branch Chief appointed by Japan to oversee and develop Kyokushin Karate. Shihan Paul Greenway is a qualified international Kyokushin Karate Referee and a National Karate Referee with the Welsh Karate Governing Body.
Shihan Paul Greenway instructs at Pyle Life Centre, Helig Fan, Pyle on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7pm. New members are welcome.

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