Mas Oyama

1923 - 1994

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Masutatsu Ōyama (大山 倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu, born Choi Yeong-eui (Hangul: 최영의 Hanja: 崔永宜); June 4, 1923 – April 26, 1994), more commonly known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mas Oyama has received more than 758,900 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Mas Oyama is the 5th most popular martial arts, the 30th most popular biography from South Korea (down from 17th in 2019) and the most popular Martial Arts.

Mas Oyama is most famous for being a karate master and founder of Kyokushin karate.

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Among martial arts, Mas Oyama ranks 5 out of 118Before him are Kanō Jigorō, Ip Man, Gichin Funakoshi, and Morihei Ueshiba. After him are Wong Fei-hung, Huo Yuanjia, Choi Hong Hi, Conor McGregor, Ankō Itosu, Masatoshi Nakayama, and Kenwa Mabuni.

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Among people born in 1923, Mas Oyama ranks 21Before him are Peter II of Yugoslavia, Carroll Shelby, György Ligeti, Richard Attenborough, Franco Zeffirelli, and Alan Shepard. After him are Nadine Gordimer, Roy Lichtenstein, Yma Sumac, Jack Kilby, Val Logsdon Fitch, and Anne Baxter. Among people deceased in 1994, Mas Oyama ranks 21Before him are Kurt Cobain, Léon Degrelle, Melina Mercouri, Antônio Carlos Jobim, John Wayne Gacy, and Paul Feyerabend. After him are Guy Debord, George Peppard, Dorothy Hodgkin, Henry Mancini, Jan Tinbergen, and Telly Savalas.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Mas Oyama ranks 30 out of 944Before him are Empress Myeongseong (1851), Seongjong of Joseon (1457), Yeonsangun of Joseon (1476), Dongmyeong of Goguryeo (-58), Kim Young-sam (1927), and Gwanghaegun of Joseon (1575). After him are Danjong of Joseon (1441), Crown Prince Sado (1735), Yun Posun (1897), Hyojong of Joseon (1619), Munjong of Joseon (1414), and Myeongjong of Joseon (1534).

Among MARTIAL ARTS In South Korea

Among martial arts born in South Korea, Mas Oyama ranks 1After him are Cha Dong-min (1986).