Masutatsu Oyama was born as Choi Young-Eui (최영의) in Gimje, South Korea, during Japanese occupation in July, 1923. At a young age he was sent to Manchuria to live on his sister’s farm. Oyama began studying martial arts at the age of 9 from a Korean seasonal worker who was working on the farm. His name was Lee and Oyama said he was his very first teacher. The story of the young Oyama’s life has been sensationalized in manga and movies so the line between fiction and facts has become obscure.
Hatsuo Royama, the president of Kyokushin-kan International Karate Organization, 9th Dan
Hanshi Steve Arneil – president and founder of the International Karate Federation, IFK.
Loek Hollander, President of the Kyokushin World Federation, 9th Dan.
Yuri Trutnev, the president of the Russian Kyokushin Association.
Kenji Sugekawa, member of directors board and official representative of Kyokushin Shogakukai Foundation
Gabbasov Ramil the member of the Executive Committee of the Kyokushin Word Union (KWU), and also he is Executive Director of the Russian Union of Martial Arts (RUMA).