saikoshihanSaiko Shihan Y. Oyama is a 9th Degree Black Belt and Director of the World Oyama Karate Organization. He is an All-Japan Full Contact Champion and is known throughout the martial arts world for his expertise as a tactician and for his superb demonstrations with weapons. Every year, he continues to travel worldwide to conduct clinics and master classes.

Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama began studying Karate at age 14 in Japan under Mas Oyama. Before moving to the United States (Birmingham, Alabama) in 1972, he had become the chief instructor at the International Kyokushin Karate Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. During that time, and still today, he has trained and taught numerous All-Japan and World full-contact champions. In 1985 he founded the World Oyama Karate Organization with his brother, Soshu Shigeru Oyama. The Headquarters Dojo was located on the Avenue of the Americas in New York City. In 2004, Soshu Shigeru Oyama stepped down and transferred all directorship responsibilities to Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama. As a result, the dojo in Birmingham became the Headquarters Dojo, where Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama still teaches today.

He has a law degree from Meiji University and has been an instructor in the Samford University Physical Education Department (Birmingham, AL) for over 35 years. He has received numerous awards during his lifetime, including the World’s Best Karate Master. He received this award from President Ronald Reagan at the White House on January 24, 1985.

Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama has also produced many books and training materials, including:


U.S. KARATE ADVENTURE (1984, Japanese) THE STRONGMAN (1990, Japanese) OH! KARATE (1992, Japanese)
OH! OH! KARATE (1993, Japanese) KYOKUSHIN, K-1, U.S. OYAMA— The Champions’ Fights (1998, Japanese)


PERFECT KARATE (book—1986, Japanese and English) PERFECT KARATE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS (Japanese and English) KYOTEN BOOKS, VOLS. I – IV (Japanese and English) WORLD OYAMA KARATE OFFICIAL KATA VIDEOS (Japanese and English) Crossing Hollow Films Take a Chance


UCHI DESHI IN AMERICA (2007, Japanese and English)

Saiko Shihan Y. Oyama is also featured in the documentary films THE STRONGEST KARATE (vols. 1 & 2) and FIGHTING BLACK KIN

“Directors Statement”

In my long Karate career, I’ve seen many young people come from around the world to study as “Uchi Deshi”. Each one has their own background and faces different inner struggles and conflict during their time of intense training.

This movie is based on the true story of my last Uchi Deshi who came from Japan. In telling it, I leave behind my legacy for today’s new generation and future generations. The world in which we live, surrounded with technology and information, lures us into a life of passivity; it seems that much can be accomplished with little effort. Nevertheless, we still are beings with a physical body. My whole approach to teaching Karate and making this movie is the idea that people must push themselves physically to unlock their true potential. They must challenge themselves to push beyond discomfort, fatigue or injury. Only then will they be able to come face to face with who they really are.

Across the world—in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America and Asia—most everyone has been exposed to the Martial Arts. Hollywood and Hong Kong try to fascinate audiences with Martial Arts films featuring exaggerated and flashy, super-human techniques. Although audiences are impressed with what they see on screen, the majority of these films have nothing that the audience can connect to their own experiences and daily lives. But Take a Chance connects the Martial Arts to ordinary life by emphasizing the dynamic beauty of authentic Karate training. It tells the story of an ordinary guy who must push himself to overcome his limitations and conquer the challenges in front of him.

Even in this modern, technical age, we still need to challenge ourselves and grow mentally and physically. This movie will inspire people to look themselves in the mirror and take their chance!
— Saiko Shihan Oyama