Inspiration from Mas Oyama

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The founder of kyokushin karate

Masutatsu Oyama is the founder of kyokushin karate. This is our training style at The Bushido School of Karate. You can easily find more information about Mas Oyama and his own lineage online. Our own Shihan Mehrkar was lucky enough to train under the Oyama family in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Mas Oyama passed away in 1994, but his legend and legacy continue.

The following was copied from the Armenian Kyokushin Karate Federation’s website.

Masutatsu Oyama: Inspiration and fear


They say that there are a lot of things that are transmitted or can be inspired. Drowsiness transmits. Yawning can transmit … Very often this is used by sportsmen during fights.

In large-scale strategy, when the enemy is active and is showing signs of fuss, do not pay attention to it. Express equanimity. It will make an impression on the enemy, and he will relax. When you see that your spirit relaxation is transferred to the enemy, you can win the fight by a surprise attack.

In a duel with one opponent, you can win, relax your body and spirit, and then, seizing the moment when the enemy relaxed, catch him off guard, attacking strongly and quickly …


In order to frighten the enemy one should do something unexpected. In large-scale strategy you can frighten the enemy not only by your appearance but also shouting and screamings, creating the illusion of force or the threat of attack from the flank without warning. All this can inspire fear. You can win, extracting maximum benefit from the enemy chained actions.

In single combat you must also strive to surprise and defeat the enemy, startling him with your movements, or voice. You should explore this possibility.

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