Kyokushin books

The human mind is such that it cannot retain everything and sometimes tends to create its own patterns. For the learning of Kyokushin karate, as for any other martial art, it is therefore essential to regularly return to the basics in order not to lose the essence of the teaching.
Regular work on kihon (basics, fundamentals) and kata (pattern, type) is, in this respect, an essential element of karate.
Although karate can only be learned in a dojo, it is also essential, from a certain level, to take an interest in reference works.
For Kyokushin karate, the most valuable works come directly from Oyama Sosai. With the exception of some reprints, these works are unfortunately no longer available in bookshops.

Boy’s KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1968, 88 pages – English
This book is mainly intended for children and beginners. It is an adapted version of the Vital Karate book for their level.
It presents warm-up exercises, basic stances, thrusts, kicks and blocks. It also presents the Taikyoku 1 kata as well as practice fights and self-defense. It is amply illustrated with over 200 drawings and photographs.
French version : Boy’s Karate – Chiron Sports – 1974
Vital KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1967, 128 pages – English
This book is intended for the majority of practitioners. It presents karate weapons, warm-up exercises, stances, thrusts, kicks and blocks. It presents practice fighting and self-defence techniques. It does not include kata. It is widely illustrated with over 200 photographs.
French version: Vital Karaté – Sedirep – 1989 New copies still available in bookshops (09-2021)
Mas Oyama’s Essential KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1978, 256 pages – English
This book is intended for advanced practitioners. It presents karate weapons, warm-up exercises, stances and applications of fundamental techniques. It deals with circular techniques and rhythm in karate. It introduces kata Taikyoku 1 and 3, Pinan 4 and 5 and Saiha. It then goes on to discuss kumite and tameshiwari techniques and ends with special applications and physical training exercises. It is extensively illustrated with over 1300 photographs.
Mas Oyama’s Complete Karate CourseBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1998, 256 pages – English
Originally published as “Mas’ Oyama’s Essential Karate”
Some new copies of Indian reprint still available in bookshops (08-2021). Have a look!
Karate SchoolBy Masutatsu Oyama, 2002, 256 pages – English
Originally published as “Mas’ Oyama’s Essential Karate”
Mas Oyama’s Classic KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 2004, 256 pages
Originally published as “Mas’ Oyama’s Essential Karate”
What is KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1958, 176 pages – English
This book is intended for intermediate level practitioners. It presents karate weapons, thrusts, kicks and blocks. Then it presents stances, breathing and daily training methods. It introduces kata Pinan 2, 3, 4 and 5, Yantsu and Saiha. It then goes on to discuss basic formal practice fighting and self-defense techniques. It is extensively illustrated with over 1000 photographs.
Mastering KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1966, 176 pages – English
Originally published as “What is Karate”
This is KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1965, 368 pages – English
This book is intended for advanced practitioners. Besides basics and techniques, it presents special drills including the stone-breaking techniques. It also presents hand-hold reversals, lying-down techniques and self-defense. It then goes on to discuss the origin and development of karate. The kata presented in this book are Taikyoku 1, 2 and 3 and Tensho.
Advanced KarateBy Masutatsu Oyama, 1970, 256 pages – English
This book is intended for very advanced practitioners. It presents the history of combat techniques, free-style practice fighting, fighting postures and self-defense techniques. It then goes on to discuss special training and artificial respiration and first aid. The kata presented in this book are Seienchin, Garyu, Kanku, Sushiho and stick techniques.

Other renowned masters have also published works on Kyokushin karate. A non-exhaustive list of these works is given below.

Mas Oyama’s Karate as practiced in JapanBy Bobby Lowe, 1964, 216 pages – English
Kyokushinkai KarateBy Jon Bluming, Kenji Kurosaki and Ab Pruis, 1967-1968 – 2 parts – Dutch
French version – Kyokushinkai Karate – Sedirep – 1969
Modern KarateBy Steve Arneil and Bryan Dowler, 1974, 182 pages – English
Dutch version – Het Grote Karate-Boek – Orion – 1977
Kyokushin Karate KataBy Steve Arneil, 1985, 200 pages – English
Very interesting and well illustrated book that presents all the kyokushin kata.
It is a reference on the subject.
Teach Yourslef KarateBy Steve Arneil and Liam Keaveney, 1991, 184 pages – English
Mas Oyama’s Karate KyokushinBy Loek Hollander, Peter Voogt and Ton van Rijn, 1993, 91 pages – Dutch
Kyokushin KataBy Brian Fitkin, 2003, 225 pages – English
Very interesting and well illustrated book that presents all the kyokushin kata.
It is a reference on the subject.
List to be completed…