The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama

It is with great pleasure that I write a foreword to this book, and recommend it to all students of Kyokushin Karate around the world. There are many books on Karate but Cameron’s is very different. It offers the views of a man I think of very highly and regard as an excellent Karate instructor.

Sosai Mas Oyama

I highly recommend this book, written by a modern
day Samurai not only to students of Kyokushin Karate,
but to all other martial art stylists who are interested in
an understanding of Budo Karate.

Shihan Bobby Lowe


The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama covers both the physical aspects and the spiritual center of this fighting art. It is immensely inspiring and makes you truly understand the meaning of Kyokushin Karate. I highly recommend it to all practitioners of the Martial Arts.

Dolph Lundgren


Cameron is a great guy. Every time I talk to him he makes my day. I call him the Wonder from Downunder. He has always had the right attitude and an open mind. That’s important because you never know if someone has something to teach you. His book is one of the best about a real modern day martial arts hero. Read it or else.

Gene LeBell, Martial arts legend


There are a great many books written about karate today, but not many that provide this level of inspiration as well as interesting facts and anecdotes of ‘The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama”.

Mike Clarke

Okinawa Goju-ryu Karatedo, Author, “Shin-Gi-Tai”


I have personally studied this book on many occasions and used it to put together an instructors course for my students. I would encourage all students of Kyokushin to study this book to enable them to reach the highest level of knowledge and proficiency in our beautiful art.

Shihan Hennie Bosman

Kyokushin-Kan Branch Chief, South Africa


The best way to learn the spirituality in Kyokushin and the Budo philosophy of Mas Oyama is to read Sosai’s own books and the books of those he respected. I can personally attest that Sosai Mas Oyama trusted Cameron Quinn with relaying and explaining these concepts to the non-Japanese speaking world through his book The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama.

David Bunt,

Secretary and Interpreter for Sosai Mas Oyama, 1986 – 1991


Indeed a great book. I have my original edition autographed copy in my extensive Martial Arts library. A must have for all serious exponents of Karate-Do. I thoroughly recommend it.

Shihan Paul Starling

Goju-kai, leading student of Yamaguchi Gogen, Australia 


Shihan Quinn, your Budo Karate of Mas Oyama, required reading for me from Shihan Tom Flynn, your requests to me to add The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a gift from Shihan Richard Kimura are the only three books on my night stand. Your book still has no dust upon it. I am still learning from it almost 20 years now from Shihan Flynn’s recommendation. Thank you!!

Anthony DeMarco, USA


Reading The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama in 1987 had a profound impact on me. The example set by not only Oyama, but by the author Quinn had a direct influence on my decision to study martial arts in Korea, Japan and China and, later, to apply what I learnt in South Africa and Iraq – not always in a physical sense, but absolutely always from a perspective of attention to detail and the importance of hard work and honest sweat.

Rob Redenbach – Author of What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard


It’s a Great work. A treasured part of my library.

Marco Lala,

FightingSecrets.com, USA


When I first read the book as a young martial artist I was inspired by the stories and amazing feats of the legendary Sosai Mas Oyama. Later on in retrospect, I really appreciate, not only the inspiration one can draw from this book but the timeless qualities, the human connection, the character, the history and insight of one of the most modern iconic karate masters of the late 20th century. The “Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” is a must read for not only Karate practitioners but for anybody that practices martial arts.

Adam Shahir Kayoom, 

BBJ Black Belt, MMA Fighter, American Top Team


I would like to thank you for the excellent 1st addition of Budo Karate. I had read much literature on the subject of martial arts and Kyokushin. However it was only when I read Budo Karate that all the pennies started to drop and everything I was feeling was in conjunction with the theory of your writing made sense.

On many occasions I found myself using your literature as my guide and always tried to use the spirit of Osu in my teaching and in my own training. It is without any doubt that Kyokushin karate and my study’s of Budo Karate made me the person I am today. I now work as a college lecturer and this book also helps me in teaching students outside of martial arts.

Sensei Laurence Power 4th Dan. UK


The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama had a profound influence me when it first came out in 1987.

This book and its influence on modern martial arts cannot be understated. Simply a must have for any martial artist, not just Kyokushin practitioners.

Kieran Plasto, Australia


A beautiful illustration of words into the psychology and meaning of Kyokushin Karate from its beginning. A must read for those who seek a deeper meaning and purpose from their training.

Jim Sheedy, 

Taekwondo, James Sheedy Personal Defence Studio


What an inspiring story! Packed with true life stories of dedication, honour and perseverance.
Once opened, hard to put down and a constant tool for life reference.

Glenn Coxon, 

Bushidokai, Australia


My copy is well read and worn from regular use and referencing. 

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the History, philosophy and Journey that is Kyokushin Karate. All the best with your new book Cameron. I will certainly be in line for a copy!

Anthony Avery Australia 


In 1993 as a teenager I received The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama as a gift and promptly switched to Kyokushin Karate while reading it. It was that impactful. I couldn’t put it down. 

Shihan Cameron authored the ultimate blueprint for all aspects of Kyokushin from beginner to advanced. There’s guidance for everyone. 

It’s not until writing this do I realise how impactful this book has been on my life and I cannot recommend it high enough to both Kykoushin Karate-ka and martial artists of all disciplines.

Mitch Kochonda, 

Olympic Athlete Preparation Coach, Australia 


As human beings we may find ourselves, at times, searching for our “why”. Why are we here? Why has my life turned out this way? Why do I go on? As a martial artist you may ask yourself why do we train in this way? The answer to that question can be found in “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama”. The book itself is an enthralling read, chronicling the origins of Kyokushin through the eyes of its founder while blending the author’s unique perspectives on eastern spirituality and martial arts. I thoroughly recommend Shihan Cameron Quinn’s, “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” to you as both an instructional reference into the foundations of Budo Karate and as a step towards finding your “why”. 

Mark Tsang, Australia 


After more than 30 years since its initial publication, the enhanced new edition of Shihan Cameron Quinn’s “Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” presents a timeless and invaluable insight into the philosophy, spirit and supernal technical feats of the late Sosai Masutatsu Oyama. This exquisitely detailed and illustrated work is essential reading and guidance, not just for every Kyokushin karateka, but for every student of the martial arts.

Michael Whitten,

Lord Chief Justice, Nation of Tonga



I remember when Shihan Cameron brought the first copy of “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” to the dojo. At the time I possessed texts demonstrating the technical skills of Kyokushin. However this book took me on a journey of Mas Oyama’s history, personal sacrifice and unimaginable hardship that resulted in the development of Kyokushin Karate. “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” is a biography of a modern day Japanese warrior who’s life demonstrated that a man can become what he aspires to be. 

Edward Row, Australia 


When I first began my Kyokushin training I was told about a book that was simply referred to as the “Kyokushin Bible”. I read “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” and I was not disappointed! It truly does stand up to its name as the “Kyokushin Bible”… I recommend this book to everyone. Through it, I personally believe that I am more able to embark down a new chapter in my life… not only as a martial artist… but as a complete person. 

I have been looking forward to reading this new revised edition from the day I knew it was in the works as I know it will be yet another treasured book of mine.

Rachelle Miller, Canada 


…I found the book very informative and still turn to it for refreshing the brain.

Trevor Frith Australia


I keep my original copy in my office to remind me of the lessons I learned from Kyokushin so many years ago. Looking forward to the 2nd Edition

Ben Whitten, Lawyer, Australia


Budo Karate of Mas Oyama was the first book I ever purchased on Kyokushin or Martial Arts… Much to the chagrin of my wife Budo Karate has had a place beside my bed ever since. Thanks Shihan Cameron, Budo Karate instructed me right through my Kyu Grades and still does today.

Simon Pullman, Australia


As a very excited New Karateka, I remember being terribly excited when these books arrived at the dojo. My friends and I all bought copies…and I couldn’t put mine down. I was so hungry for all the details that I couldn’t just learn through training alone. I wanted to understand the culture, the courtesies, and back then, what seemed to me like the mysteries of Karate and here it was in a well laid out, beautifully presented book. Mine is a treasure to me still and I refer to it often. Thank you Shihan for this contribution to Kyokushin, and martial arts as a whole. Osu. 

Kiley Baker, Australia 


I’ve got a first edition copy (I read it along with The Kyokushin Way).
Great book, I enjoyed the way it both managed to expand and explore some of the more esoteric aspects of Kyokushinkai.
I still return to it today.

David Girt, UK


It is an amazing reference to many aspects of Kyokushin and Karate in general. 

Robert Daoust, Canada


Excellent book no matter what martial you practice.

Ivan Rakitic, 

Karate and BJJ black belt and instructor, Australia 


It was in 1997 that I got one of the most interesting books by Kyokushin, with sosai books of course. Bible for thousands of students across the world.
Thank you Shihan Cameron for this fantastic and historic work. All the best. Osu!

Antonio Pereira, Portugal 


Osu, I gave my (signed) copy to a student many years ago and never got it back. Cam, can I purchase another copy and will you please sign it.

Janelle Field, Australia


Since I bought “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama” I have used it as a reference work to add depth to instruction at our Dojo. Any student of Karate or martial arts, irrespective of rank, 

should have a copy of this book as a training aid. It has enriched my appreciation of fine detail that we all should aspire to achieve.

Rob Wall, Kyokushin Instructor, Australia


I bought my copy as a teenager a few years after it was released. I was deeply attracted to the history and philosophy of Kyokushin and your interpretations of Sosai’s teachings.

Chris Moore, Australia


Still have my original signed book Ist edition
I love it.

Malcolm Gouldstone, Australia


Once you start reading it you can’t put it down and keep revisiting. Best book and inspirational. Mine is old and worn so looking forward to the next print. OSU 

Arvid Tage, Denmark 


Still stands as the most influential book I have ever read. Received this for Christmas as a 10- year old boy and took it everywhere with me. My instructor had this text as required reading for the theoretical component of grading for higher levels. Documents a thorough history of Sosai Oyama and the development of Kyokushin karate, and the concepts explained throughout have influenced my development as a martial artist. 

The (somewhat degraded version) book still sits in my office almost 3 decades later. Congratulations Shihan Cameron on the re-release.

Sam Gilbert, Japan 


It was the first Karate book I found that was descriptive rather than prescriptive. It dealt with principles and ideas, rather than technique.
It inspired me as a brown belt in 1995 and helped me develop my personal philosophy for karate, and motivated me to start up the Australian Kyokushin website – now the oldest Kyokushin website in existence, using a lot of the book as reference material. 

Shaharin Yussof, Australia 


A book ahead of its time leading students to ask questions and providing an insight into Sosai Oyama and his principles. Most highly recommended reading.

Shihan Mac Robertson, UK


I have 2 copies. Fundamental for sitting shodan and beyond. My most prized possessions. I loan it out to my upcoming students and have sleepless nights that it doesn’t return.

Mark Webster, New Zealand


For me it’s the go-to when training needs focus or when motivation to keep going is nowhere to be found. Reminds me why I do it and keep doing it and how much I missed it during short periods I haven’t trained and keeps me at training and feels like we belong to something special that helps in all other areas of life and on the right path. 

Ian Wilkins, Australia


Shihan Quinn’s book should be regularly read by any martial artists serious about their art and a deeper understand of the arts in general. I will be recommending to all my students to add this to their library and as a constant reference to their ongoing learning of Kyokushin and Budo. Osu.

Rick Cunningham, Australia


I studied Shihan’s book and wisdom from a young age. This book set the foundations that I follow to this day it’s inspired me to dream, to believe, to work hard, to have respect, to have structure, to have loyalty, to motivate others, to be humble and above all the secret to sweat when you may not want to if you want to understand the true essence of martial arts. This book to this day still inspires many aspects of my life and for that I am grateful. 

Shane Kelly, Australia 


I came across The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama as a Kyokushin white belt, around twenty-five years ago. I was crazy keen and sought out anything that could take me deeper. Cameron Quinn’s book explores karate in terms of its revolutionary founder, but Quinn plots his subject within the deeper context of martial philosophy. 

While Eastern classics like A Book of Five Rings ask questions of their reader that resonate through practice over time, Quinn sets out to reveal a constellation of ideas that will effectively light a karateka’s way. I cannot recommend his book highly enough, especially in its expanded edition.

Jarod Boyle, 

Editorial Staff, International Kickboxer Magazine, Blitz Martial Arts Magazine


As I progressed through my Kyokushin journey, the Budo Karate of Mas Oyama was a constant and it became my guide.

During my kyu training, I would read and re-read the corresponding chapters to better understand the true meaning of each belt colour, dreaming of one day of completing my Shodan test. 

Some 33 years later, I still regularly use that original copy of The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama as a reference, directing me on my way.

Chris Dunn, Australia


I started my Kyokushin journey at the impressionable age of 12 and totally immersed myself to the point of compulsion in the strongest karate. I sought everything of value I could get my hands on to read about the subject. It wasn’t until I was 27 and my close friend, the coconut crusher, Cameron Quinn gave me a copy of his book. After reading it in one sitting, a veil was lifted and everything I was looking for philosophically was finally crystal clear. Even today, this book helps me reflect on the true teachings of the Budo of Kyokushin. 

Brad Hansen, Kyokushin black belt, Hedge Fund Manager 


The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama had a profound influence me when it first came out in 1987. This book and its influence on modern martial arts cannot be understated. Simply a must have for any martial artist, not just Kyokushin practitioners.

Kieran Plasto, Australia 


For me probably the most influential book on karate I have ever read – OSU! 

Thomas Lund Nielsen, Norway 


A very good book, the best in the West. All in the budo world must have one. Thanks a lot for the good work.

Big Osu and best regards from Klaus Falk, Denmark 


I was fortunate my Shihan also encouraged me to purchase The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama. It has been glued to my hand since that day. I can now refer my students to it as it’s a MUST when starting as a white belt.

Pat Pinto — Kyokushin Shuffle. 


Very good book. It helps me very much in my training. Thank You!

Pavel Florescu, Romania


I still have my copy. Great book. Love it. So much information and great reading.

John Smith UK



Hundreds of powerful testimonials just like these from martial artists of all styles show us what an impact this book has had on the lives of readers. It is one reason why The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama became so sought after. It is recommended for all students and instructors of Kyokushin Karate (and any martial arts style for that matter) to gain answers and insights like no other.