"Studying karate is like climbing a high mountain. Life also reminds of climbing. It is important to constantly try to get to the top. Once you reach it, you can see and understand a lot. Standing at the foot of the mountain, you can only admire its peak."
Soshu Shigeru Oyama, 10 dan
Shigeru Oyama, 10 dan (1935-2016) was a 10th Dan Black Belt (Ju Dan) with over fifty years of martial arts experience. He was considered a Supreme Grand Master by knowledgeable practitioners worldwide. In addition to serving as a leader of World Oyama Karate and carrying a full load of teaching responsibilities, Soshu Oyama was Executive Commitee Chairman of the World Oyama Karate Organization and travels frequently in the U.S. and abroad to conduct master classes and attend tournaments.
While in active competition, Soshu Oyama successfully completed the 100-Man Kumite (free fighting), defeating one hundred consecutive Black Belt opponents in full-contact bouts. He has shown the power of his karate in awe-inspiring demonstrations, by catching a razor-sharp sword swung at full speed with his bare hands.