Tag: Yasuhiko Oyama

Yoshiji Soeno

Known as the ‘Tiger of Josai‘, Yoshiji Soeno was one of Mas Oyama’s early Kyokushin students. The character, Ryu, from the Street Fighter game, is said to have been based on him. Yoshiji Soeno was born in Tokorozawa, Japan, on 29 September 1947. He was descended from an ancient samurai family on both his father …

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Peter Chong

…. Focus on your training, do the best you can do, never think you are better than anybody else, we are all born equal and it is up to each of us to make the best of it. If you want to be the best in the world, give it all you have…. Peter Chong …

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Shigeru Oyama

Fear is part of being human. All people feel fear sometimes. I don’t feel it very often, but when I do feel afraid or nervous, I keep a poker face. I hide my emotions, and I fight harder. Shigeru Oyama A pioneer of Kyokushin Karate in the United States, Shigeru Oyama, was one of Mas …

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Miyuki Miura

Miyuki Miura was one of Mas Oyama’s top students. He was one of the first people to complete the gruelling 100-man Kumite Challenge. He was also a pioneer of Kyokushin Karate in the United States. On 3 October 1949, Miyuki Miura was born in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He was the oldest of three …

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Terutomo Yamazaki

I don’t do professional Karate. I think that makes martial arts dirty. Terutomo Yamazaki Nicknamed the ‘Dragon of Kyokushin‘, Terutomo Yamazaki was an exceptional fighter. He was known for his expertise in tameshiwara (board breaking). A highly respected teacher, he has taught the likes of Katsuaki Sato, Miyuki Miura, Seiji Isobe, Howard Collins, and Shokei …

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Moments in History: 1st Hawaii All Stars vs Japan Kyokushin Tournament

Bobby Lowe was Mas Oyama’s oldest and most senior student. They had first met in 1952. Oyama had given his first Karate demonstration in Hawaii, as part of his world tour. He was promoting his style of Karate, Oyama Karate Jutsu. Lowe eventually became Oyama’s uchi-deshi (live-in student). By 1957 Lowe had opened Oyama’s first …

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