Mas Oyama Quotes: Wisdom from the Karate Legend

Mas Oyama Quotes: Wisdom from the Karate Legend

Mas Oyama, also known as Choi Yeong-eui, was not just a karate grandmaster; he was an icon who bridged the gap between physical discipline and philosophical wisdom.

The founder of Kyokushin Karate, Oyama's teachings transcended mere martial techniques and delved deep into the mind and spirit. Below are ten of his most inspiring quotes that resonate with the Kenshi Crew community:


“One becomes a beginner after one thousand days of training and an expert after ten thousand days of practice.”

  • Reflection: Mastery isn't attained overnight. Consistent practice and dedication over time define true expertise.

    “The heart of our karate is real fighting. There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof, there is no trust. Without trust, there is no respect. This is a definition in the world of Martial Arts.”

    • Reflection: Authenticity and real-world application build trust and respect in martial arts and life.


    “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.”

    • Reflection: Preparation and hard work pay dividends when facing real-life challenges.


    “Karate is Budo and if Budo is removed from Karate, it is nothing more than sport karate, show karate, or even fashion karate – the idea of training merely to be fashionable.”

    • Reflection: The deeper philosophy of martial arts goes beyond mere physicality.


    “Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too.”

    • Reflection: Adaptability is key, both in martial arts and in life.

      “Karate stands on the side of justice.”

      • Reflection: Martial arts isn't just about fighting; it's about standing up for what's right.

        “The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.”

        • Reflection: Training purifies the spirit and helps shed selfish intentions.

          “Seek perfection of character. Be faithful. Endeavor. Respect others. Refrain from violent behavior.”

          • Reflection: The tenets of martial arts extend to building a noble character.

            “Each of us has his cowardice. Each of us is afraid to lose, afraid to die. But hanging back is the way to remain a coward for life.”

            • Reflection: Facing fears and challenges head-on is the path to true growth.

              “I want to make the world a better place with the spread of Martial Arts to all corners.”

              • Reflection: Martial arts can be a powerful force for positive change in the world.

              In Conclusion Mas Oyama's wisdom transcends the realm of martial arts.

              For those of us who embrace the "Lifestyle for Modern Samurai" at Kenshi Crew, his teachings offer guidance not just in combat, but in daily life, self-development, and the journey toward excellence.

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