Who is Oyama Baidatsu, the Cow Killer? Introducing quotes and legends

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Have you ever heard of Oyama Baidatsu?

If you like karate, you have probably heard the name at least once.

He is the head of Kyokushinkaikan,

Oyama Baidatsu, a cattle killer,

He turns a ten-yen coin with his fingertips.

The anecdotes and legends are too numerous to mention.

In this issue, we will focus on karate master Oyama Baidatsu and tell you about the history of karate-do and how interesting it is.

About Oyama Baidatsu

Legendary karate master Masutatsu Oyama.

Born in 1923, he is a Korean-born martial artist, President of the International Karate Federation, and Director of the Kyokushinkaikan.

He left behind numerous anecdotes and legends, and created a new page in the history of karate.

He founded the International Karatedo Federation Kyokushinkaikan in 1964.

Kyokushinkaikan pioneered the history of karate and created a new world of karate by advocating the “full contact” system.

Full contact “direct strikes” are different from the “shunten” or “light contact” techniques commonly used in traditional karate, in that the techniques are applied directly to the opponent.

In the narrow sense of traditional school karate, which is also the rule of karate adopted as an official event of the Tokyo Olympics, the techniques are not applied to the opponent in a short stop.

Traditional school karate promotes the mastery, study, and application of kata and kata through the transmission of kata and kata.

For this reason, karate schools that strike directly at the opponent have often been considered heretical throughout history.

It has been difficult to systematize these in the long history of karate.

However, Oyama Baidatsu’s boldness and ability as an actual karate practitioner.

His ability to self-produce is unprecedented for a karate practitioner using the media.

And with the explosive success of Karate Baka Ichidai, Kyokushinkai grew rapidly.

In addition, it holds an annual Open Tournament All Japan Karate Tournament and a quadrennial Open Tournament World Karate Tournament.

By creating these matches, we will increase the number of fans and successors, and by having the matches televised in the media, we will grab recognition around the world.

These combined factors helped Kyokushinkaikan gain popularity and recognition.

In this way, Kyokushinkaikan succeeded in systematizing the direct striking system of karate, which had suffered repeated setbacks since the prewar period, for the first time, and in gaining social recognition.

Boyhood upbringing

Oyama’s boyhood was spent in Manchuria, where he grew up armchair and grew up idolizing ninjas and other strong supermen.

When he saw that a small, elderly man, Li Sang Shi, had easily beaten the winner of a sumo tournament, he volunteered to become Li’s apprentice. He did his first apprenticeship with Li, learning patience and paving the way for his subsequent training.

After graduating from junior high school, he returned to Japan and entered the Yamanashi Boys Aviation School to study karate. Around that time, he encountered Eiji Yoshikawa’s “Musashi Miyamoto” and set his sights on the life of a true warrior.

Later, he enlisted in the Kamikaze Pilots as a part of the student corps, where the war ended.

Oyama Baidatsu (before founding Kyokushin Karate)

Before Oyama Baidatsu founded full-contact Kyokushin Karate, I had studied karate since my college days.

It will be during and just after the end of the war.

However, from that time on, I thought that fists were for fighting, and I had my doubts about the short-cut karate.

I felt that a short stop would not decide the winner as Mudo, and I felt disappointed as if it had been reduced from a martial art to a sport.

In addition, the doubles were unable to suppress their anger when they saw Japanese women being sold to U.S. soldiers at the Red Line immediately after the war, and they helped the women by beating them in the streets (yakuza).

At times, they even defeated giant soldiers who were American professional wrestlers.

In addition, such behavior caught the attention of the yakuza, and he even worked as a bouncer.

Moreover, since it was just after the end of the war, he was even wanted for the crime of defying the Americans in charge of the administration.

Oyama then chose to master karate as a martial art.

Practice of Oyama Paibutatsu

Oyama Baidatsu awakens to the idea of mastering karate, and retreats to the mountains.

Push-ups, three-finger fingerstands, and three-finger upside-down practice are repeated daily for eight months.

In the next trip to Yamakago (Mt. Kiyosumi), he wrapped a stone as large and thick as his face in a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) and practiced seiken for 18 months.

From this training, Oyama’s full-contact karate began in earnest.

generation of karate enthusiasts

Manga Karate Baka Ichidai.

It was very popularly serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1971 to 1977.

Based on a biographical work about the life of Oyama Baidatsu, created by Kajiwara Ikki, painted by Tsunoda Jiro, and Joya Kagemaru.

It grabbed the hearts of the boys of the time.

It was billed as a nonfiction work based on the true story of Oyama Baidatsu, and at the beginning of the story it was declared, “This is a factual story, and this man is real.”

Inspired by this work, important Kyokushin Karate athletes who would later play an important role in Kyokushin Karate, such as Shokei Matsui, Akira Masuda, Hiroki Kurosawa, and others, knocked on the door of the Kyokushin Kaikan.

Karate aimed at by Oyama Baidatsu

Oyama Baidatsu’s goal in karate is to fight in a way that everything is over before the opponent has a chance to show his power.

No ordinary karate is good enough. You have to be able to knock down a cow with one hit.” In his own words.

He followed the example of Musashi Miyamoto, and also assured himself that he would become even stronger than Musashi Miyamoto, training in the mountains and eventually creating Kyokushin Karate as a full-contact form of karate.

Karate by Full Contact

Oyama Baidatsu popularized Kyokushin Karate with full-contact (direct hit) style instead of the previously questionable “stop-on-the-floor” rule karate.

Full-contact karate differs in its methods of competition and practice.

The practice method is based on the basic practice when Oyama was holed up in the mountains.

In addition, in a full-contact Kyokushin Karate match, the two fighters’ bodies collide with each other with all their might, and the sense of power and the sound of the collision are felt throughout the hall, overwhelming even those watching.

If you are interested in learning more about Oyama’s practice, please refer to this video.

Reference video: Mas Oyama [Kyokushin Main Dojo training scenery

Kyokushin Karate spread abroad

Through his own rigorous training, Oyama Baitatsu traveled around the world teaching Kyokushin Karate, and the style of Kyokushin Karate became accepted throughout the world.

Oyama Baidatsu’s students have also taught abroad, raising awareness of this Japanese martial art throughout the world.

A foreigner’s dream

With full contact, karate attracted many foreign martial artists, and soon famous martial artists such as Andy Hug and Francisco Filio would emerge from the correct middle.

If you would like to explain karate in English, please refer to this article.

See also: Karate Explained in English How to Correctly Convey Kata and Types

If you would like to introduce the karate experience to your foreign guests and friends, please refer to this article.

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The Legend of Oyama Baidatsu

Oyama, the Cow Killer

If you are interested in the scene where Oyama is actually fighting cows, please refer to this video.

Reference video: [Kyokushin Karate] Oyama Baidatsu, a bull killer! Kyokushin Karate Mas. Oyama.

In 1948, he began a one-year, six-month ascetic ascetic retreat at Mt.

We then descended the mountain and confronted a fierce bull at Chiba Tateyama.

At first, he was no match for the bulls, but he rethought how to fight them and tried more than 60 times to confront them.

As a result, he drops the bull’s horns and knocks down 47 cows with his bare hands.

Four of the cows were killed instantly with a single blow.

Here, Oyama felt a sense of accomplishment from his training.

In case you are wondering, here is how to defeat a bull. (From Wind and Fist <Cultivation>)

He positions himself in the outer eight-character stance and puts his whole body into each thrust.

He thrusts his left fist out as if to check the target.

Lightly, pull.

Thrusting out.

Lightly, pull.

The footage was shown in 1954 in the movie “Karate Against the Bull.

He continued to travel to the United States to fight bulls with his bare hands, and also went to Mexico to fight bulls.

Legends on their way to the U.S.


In 1952, Oyama Baidatsu was invited to the United States by the Karate Association of Chicago.

During his one-year stay, he will demonstrate and teach karate at 32 locations throughout the United States.

He then went on to have serious fights with professional wrestlers and professional boxers, winning all seven of his fights.

A year later, later, he wrestled with a cow in Chicago.

He gained a reputation for the power of karate when he used his hand to pluck a bull’s horns and felled a raging bull with a single blow.

10 yen coin bending

Oyama Baidatsu is said to have been a karate practitioner with an extremely strong grip.

Among the many anecdotes, the 10-yen bend is the one that people hear the most.

It is said that a 10-yen coin could be bent perfectly with the original part of the thumb, index and middle fingers.

In the first place, Mr. Wakagi, a weightlifter, bent a 10 sen coin in front of Oyama, and that was the beginning of the practice.

While Wakagi started with two fingers (thumb and index finger), Oyama started with three fingers, including his middle finger in the beginning.

At the same time, Mr. Wakagi also provided us with training and guidance on how to prepare for practice such as push-ups, fingerstands, and breech-stands.

According to his book “Be Strong! My Theory of Physical Improvement,” he says that his grip strength exceeded 100 kilograms when he was young, and that he has been training his five fingers since his training days.

This episode was also mentioned in the Karate Baka Ichidai manga.

“When you bend a ten-yen coin with your fingertips, you break out in hives all over your body, a kind of side effect of the human body’s movement beyond its extremes.

There is even a story that the editor-in-chief decided to serialize the story in the magazine after hearing the story, “I’ve been working on it for a long time.

It is hard to hide one’s surprise that such a hard ten-yen coin can be twisted and bent with one’s fingers, isn’t it?

Ten famous quotes by Oyama Baidatsu

Oyama Baidatsu is also known for his numerous quotations.

Not only quotes about karate, but also many quotes about the way of life are still spoken today.

– Adults, give a lonely-looking child a pat on the shoulder and a cheerful child a smile.

– If you deal with people with a relaxed mind, you will gain allies and swallow enemies with a single smile.

– Have you ever seen a gorilla practicing karate? I have never seen a gorilla practicing karate.

That’s why humans are stronger.

– Effort saved earns interest on ability. Talent squandered earns a debt of frustration.

– If you’re not a good talker, be a good listener. Be a clumsy hard worker.

– Dig one spring while you are young! From there, countless interests will spring up.

– To improve your skills is to improve yourself. To improve oneself is to improve one’s self-confidence.

– The person you can have a quick fight with is the best friend you can count on when the time comes.

– People can see the faces they can’t see, that’s life.

– Speak with consideration for the other person’s feelings, that is the true meaning of honorific speech. We have selected 10 of the best quotes from among many quotes.

Because he was a man who had mastered one thing, the path he believed in, his deep words must have flowed like a wellspring.

Quotes have a different sound that resonates with each person.

Were there any words that resonated with you?

If you are interested in the actual lecture given by Oyama Baidatsu when he was president of Kyokushin Karate, please refer to this video.

Reference video: Kyokushin Karate President Oyama Baidatsu Kancho Speech


A person pursues one path throughout his or her life.

Some things with deep histories will sometimes become ties and shackles, refusing to move forward.

But it doesn’t stop there. From time to time, there will be someone who draws on the power to push to the next step.

They will take it all in their stride, and with all of their lives, they will do everything they can to create a new stage in history.

Oyama Baidu may have been one such person.

His way of life still lives on in karate-do without fading away.

Reference book: Kaze to Ken <Shugyo Hen> by Eiji Oshita