Sosai Mas Oyama

27 July 1923 – 26 April 1994
Founder of Kyokushin Karate

Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達), more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a Korean-Japanese Karate master who founded the Kyokushin Karate style—considered by many to be the first, and most influential style of full contact karate. Sosai Masutatsu Oyama was renowned for his incredible feats of superhuman strength, focus, power, and fighting prowess. Below you will find information regarding Sosai Oyama’s life and his Kyokushin Karate legacy.

Early Life
Post-World War II
Public Demonstrations
Birth of Kyokushin
Later Years
Final Years
Interesting Tidbits…

“A human life gains luster and strength only when it is polished and tempered.” – Mas Oyama (1923-1994)

Click to watch a YouTube video tribute to the life of Sosai Mas Oyama…