The Night is Darkest Just Before the Dawn

Sam.io (@samio)


Pictured above is Mas Oyama. A karate master who founded Kyokushinkai Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. How did I come to know of him? A free hour and access to the internet of course!

Oyama was the first person to complete the 100-man Kumite, an extreme test of physical and mental endurance in Kyokushin karate. Kumite literally translated means “grappling hands” and is one of the three main sections of karate training.  The 100-man kumite consists of 100 rounds of kumite, each between one-and-a-half and two minutes in length, facing similarly or higher-ranked opponents. To put that in to perspective, including the 1 minute break between each opponent, you could spend anywhere up to 5 hours solid doing this! Oyama completed the 100-man kumite three times over three consecutive days, no mean feat.

I came to know of Kumite and subsequently Oyama himself after watching…

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