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My father received a reply letter dated
July 10, 1961 from Masutatsu Oyama. He was
requesting information for the Japan Karate
Association. He was looking for information
about Katas. Mas Oyama informs him that he
is not a member of the JKA but has his own
My father received his Shodan (1st
degree Black Belt) in Kyokushinkai Karate from Mas Oyama on
September 1, 1961.
Above is a rare signed photograph of
Mas Oyama and Ikki Kajiwara. Ikki Kajiwara (1936-1987) was a famous
author, manga writer and film producer. Ikki Kajiwara wrote the
famous 1971 manga, Karate Baka Ichidai about the legendary Karate
master Mas Oyama.
Here are two rare signed photo's from Robert Trias.
Here is my father's United States Karate Association Certificate
of Rank from Robert Trias.
Here is a rare brochure from the first World
Karate Tournament held in Chicago Illinois
on July 28, 1963.The martial artist on the
cover is John T. Keehan later known as Counte Dante.
My father was his first Karate instructor.
My father was one of the original committee
Here is a rare signed photo from Kaicho
Tadashi Nakamura. Kaicho Nakamura was a very
good friend of my father during the early
days of Kyokushinkai Karate. Together they
attended the Kyokushinkai Hombu dojo opening
in Japan in the 1960's. Kaicho Nakamura
created Seido Karate in 1976.
In March of 1968 my fathers good
friend Paul H. Compton, Editor of Karate and Oriental Arts magazine
writes an article about my fathers many accomplishments for his
magazine in the March/April issue in 1968.
Here is my
father's overseas membership card for Kyokushinkai Karate signed by Mas Oyama.