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Najtrudniejszy karate training. “Black Belt” magazine 1966.


black belt magazine Sept 1966-1

W słynnym magazynie sztuk Walki Black Belt we wrześniu 1966 Within commanded się ciekawa, extensive publication of Mas Oyama about training in under extreme conditions, Sosai when he took to the mountains in summer and in winter their uchideshi. Remember, that article was written in 1966 years, Mas Oyama when he was only 43 years.


The hardest karate training in “Black Belt” magazine 1966


Mas Oyama karate saves. He works at full speed. Twice a year, conducts practical training, which clearly shows, we have to go through the master and his pupils, to strive for excellence in martial arts.


Now, when I reminded him of this, winces slightly. It is already mature, forties, founded his own school of karate – Kyokushin. His organization has branches all over the world. Today Oyama will be a mentor, karate teacher, A amazingly performances in public places younger leaves.


Kumite champion high in the mountains, on the rocks, to improve balance.


But what in Oyama has not changed – This love for heavy outdoor workout, in which women and men involved in the training, reach their limits and test your endurance. Oyama never spared himself in training and require the same from his students and followers.


Each winter, just after the new year, Oyama can be found on the snowy slopes of Mount Mitsumine. Teacher runs at the head of his disciples, barefoot.


In the summer supporters brave Oyama continue training in the mountains or the coast of fighting with sea waves…


The belief in the strength and power


Group led by a pine forest on the hill

Karate in the queue before diving into the waves of the sea


Views on the training of the Master in honbu are heavily laced with his understanding of the philosophy of karate. Until recently, Oyama was a supporter of strength and power. It has nothing to do with the softness and lightness of Goju-Ryu. Mas founded his school on three pillars: force, speed and technique.


It was not until later, becoming more experienced and wiser, Oyama realized, that power comes not only from the brute force. To achieve its goal, you need to focus primarily on the concentration.


However, in their exercises under the open sky Oyama behaves like old times: has a clear and simple philosophy, that needs to go to the top, train your body to complete exhaustion and re-experience the limits of human capabilities.

Oyama fell in love with the mountains when he was twenties – then spent half a year under very primitive and difficult.


During this time, looking for ways to improve self-discipline and bring his karate to absolute perfection. He described all attempts, which took place, specifying the details of one of his amazing training on top of Kiosumi.


Young students


The first student Oyama accompanied him in the mountains, but after a few months of the new observer could no longer endure such a life and fled. Perhaps a description of Oyama their workouts will help you understand – why.


“We got up at 5 Rano, running up and down a steep slope, two thousand times beats seiken tsuki in stumps and shuto – used the stumps as enemies.”


“So we trained hard every day. Also, in order to strengthen and develop arm strength, every day we shot over the chest several hundred times a boulder weighing 130 pounds (ok. 60 kg). Also performed thousands of throws with sandbags and were having ju-kumite “.


Deep in the mountains for a few months they, There have experienced their own courage. “Nights – says Oyama – the wind was howling like the devil. We had nightmares, We spent many hours without sleep. Every night we felt loneliness and terror, if we were were at the end of the ground and thrown into the abyss of hell. “


But when Oyama descended from the mountains for the first time, had an amazing physical strength. His opposition to the wild nature has taught him discipline and gave him an excellent technique, which soon showed. Shortly after his return he took part in competitions in Japan and won all his rivals. (Oyama was born in Korea, but at 15 he moved to Japan and it is this country has always been his place of birth).


During the summer he returned to the mountains to train. This time we picked up Mitsumine, where he founded the dojo and shrine Mitsumine. Temple and Dojo are 90 miles west of Tokyo, in a pine forest. They say, that the first church was built there 2500 years ago.


During the summer training Oyama usually invites 125 men and women. Every morning they do a lot of kilometers jogging on narrow paths steep mountains. Every day we go through grueling training and kumite interrupted by zazen meditation.


Good balance and good muscle …


Karate for body and mind


“The discipline of Karate is attractive not only for the body but also the mind” – Oyama said: “None of these aspects is not relegated to the background in the training of our capabilities.”


Students sleep in special rooms of the temple. Women and men are in different parts of the temple grounds. On the other hand,, during the summer training of women participating in the program is done in the same way as men, they have the same rate of exercise and fitness.


The day starts before dawn: Students get up and cook your own breakfast. Then, before going for a jog every morning they clean the dojo and begin training.


… be ready for anything


Oyama thinking, that training in the rivers and mountain streams bring additional benefits. It is believed, it teaches is to maintain a balance, daje siłę aby wytrzymać trudy kumie – in the form of waves and the ability to overcome resistance.


Because of his love for training in water Oyama began conducting their summer camps at the seaside, where students can resist the powerful waves of the raging ocean.


High waves can beat anyone, who is not in peak physical condition. Streams of water, which aim to land, develop leg muscles, students learn to strike a balance. Man, who knows, how to maintain balance in kumite in the water and how to focus on the enemy, cope with everything on the hard ground.


Waves go back with such force, that members of the group must be associated with each other as long rope, that none of them has been kidnapped by the water into the sea.


Treningi zimowe - hart ducha


The difference between winter and summer camps is that, that the winter meetings are to distinguish the men from the boys. Training is very complicated, only about thirty most persistent karateka pass rigorous tests weekly.


Sometimes in the winter camps are involved, one or two women, but their participation is limited. The temple is almost unheated, Karate sleeping under thin blankets, and nights in the mountains are very cold. It's all part of toughening the body and spirit, students must endure hardship and ignoring physical ailments.


Group stands for 5 Rano, followed by 5.30 of 6.30 pray with the monks in the temple. Needless to say, that when starting a meditation – on the street is still very cold. Karate remain completely still, without any gesture or sign of, that is they are cold and uncomfortable.


Then breakfast and cleaning the dojo and part of the temple. The remaining time before dinner group practice exercises and kumite in the snow. Players dressed only in a thin kimono, without coats and other warm clothes, barefoot.


After dinner comes the culmination of the day, during which students need all her courage and strength. Led by Oyama, the entire group run through the forest to the waterfall, located just a few kilometers from the temple.


Meditation takes place several times a day, in the mountains or at the beach… (u góry)
Oyama sitting like a statue of stone Buddha, praying (u dołu)
The test under the waterfall in winter. Pierces her body like a thousand needles bites (Right)


To start the kumite group is immersed in water with ice on the lake shore,. Men take off one by one up the kimono and go wading, to finally stand under a waterfall. Streams of ice water to pour down from above, but you try to stand and endure the cold, maintaining concentration and meditation, oblivious to the discomfort.


Of course, not so easy to ignore the cold and only a few people can effectively cope with this task. This experience is not easy.


Severe hardening of body and mind.


Ice crystals under the waterfall


One of the students Oyama, Raye Nakamura, told the magazine "Black Belt” as it is – diving under the waterfall:


“It is very painful – stand under a waterfall, not just about cold water, that falls on you from above with all her strength. Cold is the, the skin becomes blue, as if someone had hit the body a thousand times stick with needles…”


Even if women do exercises in water, do not train under a waterfall. It is simply a male job.


Coming out from under the water jets men dress up in a kimono dry, which brought together, group returns to the mountains.


The whole trip takes about two hours, at that time no one kindles a fire in the room, to warm frozen bones and flesh. Some believe a miracle, that after such a workout, no one will catch pneumonia. But the most amazing is, the cold getting to usually only a few people.


One reason is that, that the majority of students reaches its peak physical condition before climbing to the top of Mitsumine.


Frostbite beginners


Typically, a group of several white belt, who want to check up on a par with other, They suffer severely. The main threat for beginners are frostbite – training due to the snow and icy water.

The group is always a doctor, who cares about these, who got frostbite and provides medical care. It is either a doctor accompanying the group, student or intern at a university or hospital.


“But for advanced students – black belt – never suffer from frostbite” – Nakamura mówi: “. The CHI is developed and strong”.


Testing the maximum human capacity
Training shoes were never worn. Every year there are 4-5 cases of frostbite, but after a few days all is well.


Training starts in Tokyo Kyokushin dojo. Zanim studenci będą mogli iść w góry, must prove his worth here. It is worth noting, that meditation, chastity and obedience are also important elements of character building and take no less time than other exercises.



Going back to the waterfall and the temple, after exercise in the waterfall group does not return to the temple, which is unheated. Instead, it is karate training in the snow ...


Of course you, who got frostbite, immediately go inside and take a warm bath. If the frostbitten areas are inflammatory – students receive aid. Each year 4-5 students get frostbite. But that is no reason, to stop the test and return home.


Typically, these are only minor damage, so it is sufficient, to stay a few days in the temple and there to improve your technique and kata. Even so, after a day or two of returning to the snow and for training under a waterfall.


After an exhausting day of training karate does not rest. Bathe, cook dinner, eat. From 20 of 21 members of the group meditate before bedtime. He wakes up the next day, morning, everything starts from the beginning.


For such training Oyama is loved and appreciated most. It requires the full commitment of karate to the last drop of sweat and effort. Pupils achieve this, I always thought impossible.


It, Oyama that you climb this mountain again and again, where they will have the strength, to re-look at yourself and find something better than it was before.


Mosaic Oyama with the bull became a symbol of his dojo in Tokyo.


Mas Oyama – Karate is for the Rugged , BLACK BELT World’s Leading Magazine of Self-Defense, September 1966



As a curiosity – few have copies of Black Belt in September 1966 overseas auctions can fetch about 150 USD.

Development of text: Shodan



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