Mas Oyama, 10th, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, was
born in 1923 in southwest Korea. He started training in
Chinese Kompo at age of nine. When he was fifteen years
old, his father sent him to Japan to study at the
Yamanashi Youth Aviation Institute. He trained in Judo
four years and boxing for a short while before starting
Karate under Gichin Funakoshi's tution.
May Oyama Trained very hard under various teachers and made great progress by age seventeen he attained 2nd Dan and then 4th Dan by age twenty. Two years later in 1947, he won the All Japan Karate Championship.
The period after the Second World Was was a troubled time for Japan, and during this time Mas Oyama was often in troulbe with occupying American forces. He decided that if anything was to become of his life he would have to change his ways. So it was in 1948 that Mas Oyama decided to undergo the rigours of training alone in the mountains. This he did on Mt. Kiyosumi in the Chiba prefecture, where he stayed for eighteen months, training daily to strengthen his body and sprit.
It was in 1950, after returning from the mountains, that Mas Oyama first started matching his strength against that of a bull. All in all, he fought fifty-two bulls killing three and breaking off the horns of forty-eight.
In 1952, Mas Oyama was invited to make a tour of the USA, where he gave thirty-two demonstrations taught in carious states and participated in seven fights against boxers and wrestlers winning all of them.
He returned to the USA in 1953. This time he fought a bull in Chicago and became famous for chipping off the bull's horn with his hand.
In 1954 he opened first dojo in Mejiro, Tokyo. The instructors were K. Mizushima and E. Yasuda. In 1956, he opened another dojo, this time behind the Rikkyo University. The instruction K. Mizushima, E. Yasuda, M. Ishibashi and T. Minamimoto. This dojo was the beginning of the Kyokushinkaitan. In 1964, Tokyo Honbu was officially opened and the International Karate Organization (IKO) was established. Kyokushin Karate today, is one of the largest and the most famous of the styles.