Sosai Masutatsu Oyama
Masutatsu Oyama, also known as Mas Oyama, he founded the first and most influential style of full contact Karate, The Ultimate Truth - Kyokushin. He was born Choi Young Eui in the town of Kimje near Kunsan in South Korea, but to indicate his Korean ethnicity he preferred to be called Choi Bae-dal (최배달). In Korea he is known as Choi Bae-dal.
Choi Young Eui was born in South Korea 27th of July 1923, as a child he was sent to China to live with his sister. There he started to train in Chinese Martial Arts at the age of 9 years. At the age of 12 he return to Korea and started to practice Korean Martial Arts. After 3 years, he traveled to Japan to make his dream come true. He wanted to be an aviator. He started his studies but suddenly he left the career. Alone in the big city of Tokyo without any place to go, he went from house to house looking for a place to stay. Finally he could rent a room at the Oyama family on the boarder of Tokyo. They were also of Korean origin and took pity on their lost fellow country-man. To be an immigrant in Japan was not easy, therefore Choi Young Eui changed his name to a Japanese name. He chose the name Masutatsu Oyama from the family he lived with.
Oyama’s and the history of Kyokushin are very large and deep. I want to share the spirit of Kyokushin, the hard trainings, the desire of always improve, to step further, and to be above the limitations. Just as Masutatsu did in his life and in his daily living. Not only because of the hard trainings but also due to his experiences in a foreign country and a hard life with hard times.
Kristian Gómez Gunnebring © Copyright 2009 KANKUKAN