In the hall Honbu Kyokushin karate, one of the oldest districts of Tokyo, a dimensional sound of huge taiko drum is heard. It proclaimes that the training begins. The sportsmen sit in the center of Oyama in seiza position, the command "Mockus Yame" is given. Senior Instructor in the hall begins training in a group of black belts. Center Mas Oyama has several hundreds of students-from beginners to masters of the highest class. Kyokushin fighting spirit is imbued in every brick. Three times a day for three hours here take place very strict and intense trainings, then meditation, study of the history and culture of Kyokushin Karate, and, of course, the worship of the teacher Oyama and his deeds, the legends of which are scattered all over the world.
Mas Oyama: About me there are a lot of rumors and legends. Well, a lot of them are real, but also some are thought out and much exaggerated. The truth is that I more than fifty times fought with the bulls, and I was ready to fight with lions, tigers and bears, but the Humane Society banned the fights which, in general, is correct: animals cannot be killed, even to demonstrate strength .
Reporter: It is said that exercising in the mountains, for a long time you could not break a huge stone with your hand, but once you dreamed that the stone split, and in the morning you easily defeated it ...
O.Masutatsu: (Laughs) Yeah? How interesting! No, this is also a legend. Huge stone with bare hands cannot be broken, I pricked stones, but it is the result of very hard trainings and not help of spirits. Practice – and no other way!
Reporter: Sensei, you have to travel a lot around the world and meet lots of fans, and what superhuman powers are you ascribed?
O.Masutatsu: Once in America, I was asked whether it was true that I can catch a bullet with bare hands. Well, this is ridiculous! (filles with laughter) I'm not a Superman or a Batman. Another thing, when, by very long and continuous trainings one develops his reflexes and speed so that he can catch or repel unit arrow from a bow from a distance of 10-15 meters. We sometimes demonstrate this technique on the demonstrations, well, to catch a bullet - that's, I'm sorry, from characters of comic books.
Karate - is the way to human perfection, to spiritual purification, but it is not mysticism, it is, above all, work. Just praying and meditating, you will not become a master. Well, that legends are born of superhuman masters of karate, it's good, because nowhere legend will not grow.
A man is born with empty hands and dies with empty hands. In karate, empty hands are weapons, but still important – are not physical strength and fortitude. We often say: "Treat yourself rigidly, to the others- gently." Often about karate is said it's just a mindless breaking of boards and bricks, this is not so. The huge concentration of willpower, sacrifice and self-discipline - this would be more correct.
Well, if you talk specifically about our school, of paramount importance we put spiritual training. If you decipher this concept, it includes, in general, banal things: respect for teachers, for the elderly, for parents, head should be kept low, and eyes high, do not lie, do not steal, respect your neighbors, and, of course- physical commitment, almost fanatically, load up to the point of exhaustion, to the limits of human possibilities. Only through pain, through overcomings higher skills are achieved. This is the path with length not in one year or even ten years, because during that time you only comprehend the technology, but do not comprehend yourself. The path to the heights of excellence - is the path to life, and it is similar to the rise of the hill: stop means roll down.
Be modest, do not over-emphasize your achievements, respect people and you'll be happy. OSS!