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Zachariah Wade Life and Adventures of Mas Oyama Masutatsu Oyama, also known as Mas Oyama, was a karate master who created Kyokushinkai, which is first and most effectively taught style of full contact karate. Mas Oyama was born Choi Yeong-eui, but would rather be called Choi Bae-dal to show off his Korean ethnicity since Baedal is a word for the Korean People . As a Zainichi Korean, he spent most of his life living in the country of Japan and took citizenship there for his own personal reason during the sixties . As having a dual citizenship is forbidden by both the South Korean and the Japanese government, Mas Oyama decided to abandon his Korean citizenship at that time . Mas Oyama was born in Gimje, near Gunsan, in what is now South Korea, during Japanese colonization . Later accounts often falsely reported Mas Oyama as having been born in Tokyo, Japan, and the context of the ongoing unsettled conflict between Korea and Japan and the difficulties faced by the Zainichi Koreans (Koreans who live in Japan) even to this day . At a young age his family sent him to live with his sister who lived on a farm in northeast China . Mas Oyama there began to study martial arts at the young age of nine years old, he learned from a Korean man who was working on the farm . After five years he moved to Japan where he enlisted in the Imperial Japanese Army at 15, hoping to be able to join the Japanese air force and become a fighter pilot .
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He went to Japan to join their army after the inspiration of the great general Kanji
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