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"By nature, literary and martial skills are a single virtue, and they are not separate from each other. Just as the creation of heaven and earth, completed in a single breath, has two elements of yin and yang, so human nature, made of a single virtue, has two elements of 'literary' and 'martial'. This means that having literary skills without having martial skills is not truly being literary, and having martial skills without having literary skills is not truly being martial. Just as yin is the root of yang, and yang the root of yin, literary skills are the root of martial skills, and martial skills the root of literary skills."
Nakae Toju (1608 - 48)

Books by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1958) What is Karate? Japan Publications, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87040-147-5
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1965) This Is Karate. Japan Publications, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87040-254-4
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1967) Vital Karate. Japan Publications, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87040-143-2
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1969) Boys' Karate. Japan Publications, Tokyo. ASIN B0006BWXBC
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1970) Advanced Karate. Japan Publications, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87040-001-0
  • Oyama, Masutatsu. (1979) The Kyokushin Way. Japan Publications, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87040-460-1

Japanese language books

  • Oyama, Masutatsu (1970) Karate Class (Japanese edition)
  • Oyama, Masutatsu (1972) Fighting Spirit (Japanese edition).
  • Oyama, Masutatsu (1975) Karate for millions of people

The following softcover is a reprint of What is Karate?

  • Oyama, Mas. (1973) Mastering Karate. Grosset & Dunlap, New York. ISBN 0-448-01747-4

The following softcovers are the same book with different titles and covers. The content contains elements from This is Karate

  • Oyama, Mas. (1979) Essential Karate. Sterling Publications, New York. ISBN 0-80698-844-4
  • Oyama, Mas. (1998) Complete Karate Course. Sterling Publications, New York. ISBN 0-80698-845-2
  • Oyama, Mas. (2002) Karate School. Sterling Publications, New York. ISBN 0-80698-879-5
  • Oyama, Mas. (2004) Classic Karate. Sterling Publications, New York. ISBN 1-40271-287-1

The following may also be of interest.

  • Kajiwara, Ikki. (1971) Karate Baka Ichidai (Japanese magna comicbook).
  • Lorden, Michael J. (2000) Oyama: The Legend, The Legacy. Unique Publications, Orange, CA. ISBN 1-892515-24-5
  • Lowry, David. (2002) Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways. Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon. ISBN: 978-0-804-8343-22 & 0-804-8343-26
  • Lowry, David. (2006) In the Dojo: A guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts. Shambhala Publications, Boston. ISBN: 978-0-834-0572-9 & 0-834-0572-3
  • Lowry, David. (2009) The Karate Way: Discovering the Spirit of Practice. Shambhala Publications, Boston. ISBN 978-1-590-3064-75 & 1-590-3064-73
  • Musashi, Miyamoto. (1645) Book of five Rings ("Go Rin No Sho"). Translator: William Scott Wilson, (2002) Kodansha International, Tokyo. ISBN: 978-4-770-2801-3 & 4-770-2801-6
  • Shoh, Takuan. (1640) The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master. Translator: William Scott Wilson. (1987) Kodansha International, Tokyo. ISBN: 978-0-87011-851-7 & 0-87011-851-X
  • Taylor, John (2006) Beginner to Black Belt: Authorized Kata Manual for Kyokushin Karate. AKKA, Sydney.
  • Taylor, John (2006) Kyokushin Karate: Beginners Manual and Syllabus. (two volume booklets) AKKA, Sydney.
  • Wilson, William Scott. (2008) The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi. Kodansha International, Tokyo. ISBN: 978-4-770-0294-23 & 4-770-0294-2X
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