About Mas Oyama
About Masutatsu Oyama
Founder of the International Karate Organization Kyokushin Kaikan Union. Born on June 4, 1923.
He learned martial arts from an early age and entered the Yamanashi Boys' Aviation School at the age of 14. At the age of 15, he became a student of Gichin Funakoshi Sensei (who introduced karate to Japan for the first time). He then studied at Takushoku University and Waseda University, and after training at Mt. Minobu, in September 1947, he won the All Japan Karatedo Championship held for the first time after the war.
From April 1948, he underwent one year and eight months of training in the mountains on Mt. Kiyosumi, and in November 1950, when he descended the mountain, he faced off against a fierce bull in Tateyama, Chiba. He killed 47 bulls, 4 of which died instantly in one hit. In 1952, he traveled to the United States to perform karate demonstrations and to promote karate. Since then, he has visited many countries around the world, performing and teaching martial arts, and spreading karate to the world.
In 1964, he formally founded the International Karate Organization Kyokushin Kaikan. In 1969, he staged the first All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships. In 1975, the so called Karate Olympics, the first World Full Contact Karate Open Championships and World championships have been held. He built a martial arts organization of 12 million people in 120 countries. In April 26, 19941, Mas Oyama died of lung cancer at the age of 70.
Founder Masutatsu Oyama's Biography
1923, Masutatsu Oyama was born
1943, Joined the Japanese Navy Air Service
1946, Entered Waseda University Physical Education Department, climb Mt. Minobu and devoted himself to martial arts
1947, Won the All Japan Karate Organization Championships at Maruyama Public Hall in Kyoto
1948, He decided to dedicate his life to karate, climb Mt. Kiyosumi and trained for 18 months
1950, Showdown with bulls in Tateyama, Chiba. Killed 47 cows, 4 of which died instantly
1951, Teached karate to soldiers of the Occupation Forces in response to a request from the U.S. military
1952, He was invited to the Chicago Karate Association and traveled at 32 locations for 11 months in the United States to conduct of martial arts and karate
1954, Opened his "Oyama Dojo" in Mejiro, Tokyo
1956, Started practicing at Oyama Dojo, a ballet studio behind Rikkyo University in Ikebukuro
1960, Established 72 branches in 16 countries including America and Europe
1963, Started construction of Kyokushin Kaikan General Headquarters in Ikebukuro
1964, Completion of Kyokushin Kaikan General Headquarters and official launch of the International Karate Organization
1969, First Open Tournament All Japan Karate Organization Championships
1975, First Open Tournament World Karate Open Championships
1988, Organization of Kyokushin Kaikan established in all prefectures in Japan
1994, Died due to lung cancer
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shinshin o renmashi, kakko fubatsu no shingi o kiwameru koto.
We will train our hearts and bodies for a firmunshaken spirit.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, bu no shinzui o kiwame, ki ni hasshi, kan ni bin naru koto.
We will pursue the true meaning of the martial wayso that, in time, our senses maybe alert.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shitsujitsu goken o motte, jiko no seishin o kanyo suru koto.
We will cultivate a self mind, with simplicityand fortitude.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, reisetsu o omonji, chojo o keishi, sobo no furumai o tsutsushimu koto.
We will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors,and refrain from violence.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shinbutsu o totobi, kenjo no bitoku o wasurezaru koto.
We will follow our religious principlesand never forget the true virtue of humility.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, chisei to tairyoku to o kojo sase, koto ni nozonde ayamatazaru koto.
We will look upwards to wisdom and strength,not seeking other desires.
Hitotsu, wareware wa, shogai no shugyo o karate no michi ni tsuji, Kyokushin no michi o mattou suru koto.
All our lives, through the discipline of karate,we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.