The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Taijiquan and Karate

The below is an excerpt of an excerpt from a book by Mas Oyama, the founder of the rugged Kyokushin Karate. The full excerpt may be found here. Oyama was also friends with Kenichi Sawai, who founded Taikiken based on his study of Yiquan during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII.

It is a little known fact that the legendary Founder of Kyokushin Karate, Sosai (Grandmaster) Oyama admitted to only one single defeat in his entire life as a Karateka.

The man is whom the martial arts world call the "God Hand" or the "God of Karate".

He is a man who easily sliced through bottle-necks, broke rocks with his knife hand, killled bulls with a single blow, defeated hundereds of martial art masters & professional fighters, boxers, wrestlers all over Japan & the whole world.

Yet in his biography this invincible Karateka revealed that he could not beat one frail old man - an old man who practices "Taijiquan", the art of the Grand Ultimates.

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