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ワンダフル空手第 33 話
Saiko Shihan Biography
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Now available as eBooks on Amazon!!!


In Japanese culture, an uchi deshi is someone who dedicates themselves to the study of Budo (Martial Arts) or traditional artisan crafts. This path requires complete dedication. An uchi deshi must give up ordinary pleasures and freedom to focus on training day in and day out. An individual needs immense passion and ambition to endure this type of regimen.

In the feudal age, becoming an uchi deshi was the most common way for ordinary people to get job training or master a martial art. However, in the 21st century, society has been flooded with countless choices and freedoms, making the uchi deshi system almost nonexistent.

Especially in today’s digital world, most young people would say you’d have to be out of your mind to want to live this way. This book is fiction, but based on the real-life experiences of my uchi deshi and my interactions with them.


The life story of
Soshu Shigeru Oyama
has been published!  A limited number of hard copies have been printed.  The book is also available as an eBook on Amazon!


For a hard copy, please contact us via the link below for further information regarding costs and shipping times.  

This book chronicles the journey of one of the “original warriors” of Kyokushin Karate—Saiko Shihan Yasuhiko Oyama. At the age of 14, he began training at Mas Oyama’s first dojo in Tokyo, Japan, when it was still a flimsy, tiny one-story shack.

In the subsequent years, Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama and his brother, Soshu Shigeru Oyama, played key roles in transforming the Kyokushin Organization from a single dojo to the largest and most popular Karate organization in the world. They split from the organization in 1984 and founded World Oyama Karate.

In his 65+ years of training experience, Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama built a reputation as a superb tactician and trained many national and world full-contact Karate champions. This autobiography is an inspirational story of triumphs and setbacks that is sure to motivate anyone who reads it!


The World Oyama Karate Organization is proud to announce that the following Black Belts have been recently promoted:

Shihan Tsutomu Takahashi  (6th Dan)
Shihan Takeshi Saito           (6th Dan)
Shihan-Dai Karl Julian         (5th Dan)

Shihan Takahashi (Atlanta Branch) and Shihan Saito (West Coast Branch Chief) are both former Uchi Deshi with over 3 decades of dedication and training with World Oyama Karate. 

Shihan-Dai Karl (Honbu Dojo) has been training and instructing at the World Oyama Karate Headquarters for over 2 decades.

I'm very proud to announce their promotions!  OSU!

Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama
Founder and Director--World Oyama Karate 


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Shihan Tsutomu Takahashi

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Shihan Takeshi Saito

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Shihan-Dai Karl Julian

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"Congratulations to Ilan Goldfarb on his promotion to Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Belt).  He did an outstanding job!  In the past, people going up for Sho-Dan have had to fight a minimum of 10 fights and that number increased with each promotion.  But times have changed, people have changed, and the harshness in the fighting during promotion has dissipated somewhat.  But Ilan did his testing the old-fashioned way; 15 fights without any pads. 

               During his 3rd fight, I could tell he had damaged his right hand (ended up being broken) and couldn’t really use it.  But he never stopped or showed any weakness.  He just kept going and fighting as hard as he could.  Aside from his fighting, his Katas were also really impressive.

               When students learn Katas initially, they do 1 technique per 1 breath.  Once they have the basic movements, the next step is to make the Kata their own by changing the timing, power and speed just as they would during a real fight.  That point is where Kata and Kumite become truly connected.  Ilan’s performance of Kata reflected all of the time and energy he had devoted to training.  Everyone, including me (and I think Saiko Shihan, too) was really impressed with him and are proud of how well he did."

                                                                               --Sensei Karl Julian

                                                                                  Honbu Dojo

2019 Clinic/Promotion Test

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

On May 17 - 19, 2019 Saiko Shihan travelled to St. Petersburg, Russia to conduct training clinics and promotion tests.  Shihan Viacheslav Karius, Branch Chief of Russia, was also awarded 6th Dan at this time!  The visit was a great success.  Sensei Andrey Kondratyk, Branch Chief of Estonia, was also in attendance.

Accompanying Saiko Shihan on the trip were:  Shihan Takeshi Saito (San Francisco), Sensei Motoi Fukunishi (San Jose), Sensei Naoi Yasutaka (Tokyo) and Senpai Chase Harps (Atlanta).  Below are some reports of the trip from those who were present.  



Shihan Saito


Senpai Chase


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