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Mas Oyama The Legend The Legacy [Paperback]

Michael Lorden
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Jan. 1 2000
The kyokushinkai karate of Mas Oyama is widely practiced and well respected. Mas Oyama's exploits in the art of karate are the stuff of legend. He killed a bull with his bare hands. He fought 100 men in a single day. Over the course of a year, he accepted 270 challenges. He fought boxers, wrestlers, bouncers and anyone who was willing. His dynamic feats of board and brick breaking were so amazing that he was nicknamed "Godhand." His Kyokushinkai Karate Organization has enjoyed a membership of millions. This book presents the life and exploits of Mas Oyama, including his formative years, his training, his accomplishments and the private aspects of the man himself.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not without some flaws Aug. 11 2003
Interesting story about Mas Oyama. I enjoyed reading about my sosai, but first of all the book is quite short. I read it in one evening. It will take at most two if you have other things to attend to. Second, add to the brevity of the book, it is very repetitious. And as most of the repetition is about the "legendary exploits of the godlike Oyama", you'll soon start feeling like you're going to throw up your lunch. When you just think you've seen the last of it, another chapter starts by reciting how many challenge fights and how many bulls Oyama has beaten and how many months he trained inhumanly in the mountains and so on. Just too much of repetition for such a short book overall. I've also heard rumours that there are some factual errors in the book, but don't have any further info about them. Some obvious typoes are repeated throughout the book (like goju-ryu is spelled gojo-ryu). Also, quite an amount of the book focuses on other aspects than Oyama, things like the different kinds of sparring practice and the different master instructors and tournament champions of kyokushinkai. Perhaps the book should've been named "Oyama and His Karatekai". It definitely should've been longer and less repetitious.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but poorly written July 30 2003
As a new student of the Kyokushin style of karate, I looked around for biographical information on Mas Oyama, it's founder. This book, while it covers basic facts and offers a few interesting stories, was not written well. Chapter by chapter, the author repeats himself, sometimes almost word-for-word paragraphs at a time. It's disjointed, almost as though the chapters were written as individuals essays, then the whole lot thrown together for publication. He keeps jumping forward and back in time, making any chronology difficult to follow. It's a decent introductory read, but I'm going to look elsewhere for a real biography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story about the importance of dedication March 14 2002
I really enjoyed this book and I went to Startbuck to have a coffee and read a couple of pages, but it all ended with that I read the whole book, from the first page to the last page without a break. This book tells the fantastic story about Mas Oyama, and even if you are not a student of Kyokushinekai, I would recommend you to read this book - it is the story about the importance of dedication and the ambition of always doing your best. In order to succeed, you often has to sacrifice something, and this book tells a enormous story about sacrifices but also what good that comes out of doing so.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it! Aug. 16 2001
The world of martial arts deparately needs a definitive biography on Mas Oyama, arguably the greatest practitioner of all time. Unfortunately, this book is not it. It reads more like a 200-page press release than a balanced biography with many points of interest simply glossed over or never fully researched or explained. While Lorden is a skilled practiitioner himself, his skills on the tatami do not carry over to his writing. His elevation of the great Oyama approaches near diety status, which actually becomes humorous about half way through. Unless you get a review copy, save your money and hope that a much better-written tome on Oyama comes along in the near future.
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First of all, I must say that I enjoyed "Oyama: The Legend, The Legacy" by Lorden. It tells a fascinating story about a very interesting and special man, that lived his life in an exceptional way, and if you as a reader just are interested in a good story, I can recommend this book. On the other side, I must say that author describe and discuss Oyama without any form of criticism - and its seems like Lorden tries to analyze the life of Oyama in a way that wont hurt the memory of the Sosai Mas Oyama. Its like if he is giving a speech at a funeral, he tells a story in a way that wont hurt the memory of the dead. Even so, I liked the book and Lorden presents the life of Sosai Oyama in an easy way and therefore I will give the book three stars out of five.
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