Sosai Masutatsu Oyama 27/07/1923 – 26/04/1994

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Sosai Mas Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate.

Although it was already 10 years after Sosai’s passing that I was introduced to Kyokushin, I have a lot to be grateful to him for. Kyokushin has literally changed the course of my life.

That probably seems strange to anyone who doesn’t practice a martial art. It may well sound odd to many who do, but without it I would never have married Tiaan and I would never have written my first novel, let alone be almost halfway through my second.

I’m not going to go into great detail on here, nor am I going to waffle on about how little writing I’ve done today. I just wanted to take a little time to reflect on how sometimes the legacy of someone we never even knew can have such an impact on our lives.

Arigatou gozaimasu, Sosai. Osu!

2 thoughts on “Sosai Masutatsu Oyama 27/07/1923 – 26/04/1994”

  1. Emil says:

    We can never underestimate the influence people have on our lives. A chance meeting, an inspiring quote, a simple comment – all contributes to our personhood, as sensitive souls travel the world.

    There is great joy to be discovered when we open ourselves to others’ positive influence. I know very little about martial arts, apart from what I see in movies (and Bruce Lee, of course), but I know about Eastern philosophy and spirituality and that the martial arts are borne from it – anything that changes a life for the better and propels it forward to glitter with the stars, is certainly a good thing!

    I hope the writing is coming on. Pop me an e-mail – I am intrigued to find out your publishing process.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Emil,

    You are so right. We should never underestimate the influence people have on our lives. Since I’ve been following your blog you’ve opened my eyes to a few things I would normally never have given any thought to.

    It all makes life so much more interesting.

    I think I’m being technically challenged here but I’ve rooted round your site and couldn’t find an email addy.

    Drop me one at karen(at)karenvanwyk(dot)com and I’ll get back to you on the publishing thing.

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