Masutatsu Ōyama Sosei and the Myth of Invincibility


Masutatsu Ōyama Sosei

But he could tear the horns off bulls’.

When discussing the comparative merits of a range of karate disciplines this statement was put forward as advancing Kyokushinkai karatedo to the head of the queue. It seemed rather incongruous and didn’t quite fit with what I had come to understand were the underlying principles of karatedo so I asked who was being spoken about. The answer equally surprised me, ‘Oyama Sensei’.

The role played by Masutatsu Ōyama in the founding of Seido karatedo has been well documented but is worthy of repetition as it impacts on this study which looks at Seido karatedo principles and philosophy and compares them with those of Kyokushinkai, the source from which it grew, and endeavours to point to why there was a parting of the ways.

Ōyama Sensei, along with Kurosaki Sensei whose role is frequently understated in the literature (Jarvis…

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