Sosai Mas Oyama’s books quotes

Sosai Mas Oyama (The Kyokushin Way):

In teaching karate, I have encountered all kinds of students with all kinds of personalities. Some have the makings of fine karate man. Other are lazy. In a short period of six months or a year, it is difficult to know the extent to wich people will develop. Some are well-coordinated and make rapid progress at first only to rest on their laurels, become lazy, and ultimately see themselves surpassed by people who were initially much less promising…


Sosai Mas Oyama (This is Karate): Because the practice suit is much like the soldier’s battlefield equipment, anyone who practices Karate should regard his practice suit with respect and affection and should always take good care of it. It is important for a karate man to value his suit just as highly as a judo man value his. Famous judo master are said to value all their practice suit, but particularly those that have a long history of many of many matches. The man who has a real fondness for karate, too, must take care of his practice suit and keep it clean. TO REPAIR A TORN PRACTICE SUIT IS NO DISGRACE, BUT TO WEAR A TORN OR DIRTY ONE IS.

Rhythm is defined as any kind of movement characterized by the regular recurrence of strong and weak elements. All things in the universe have rhythm, either external, like music, or internal, like the atomic structure of a rock. The martial arts are no exception, and the student who has a sense of rhythm will improve in karate much more quickly than one who does not. It would be of great assistance to a karate-ka to become involved in the rhythmic occurrences in everyday life such as music, dance, and so on. This will lead to a UNIFICATION of the mind and body wich will serve as the firm foundation for Growth and excellence in any undertaking. – Mas Oyama (Essential Karate)