Kenji Yamaki is one of only 14 people in the world claimed to have endured the 100-man kumite — the ultimate test of martial arts mastery devised by Mas Oyama, the founder of kyokushin karate.
If you weren’t on-site to witness that event, you may have seen Kenji Yamaki in 1989’s The Punisher portraying a member of the Yakuza. Or you may have seen him on both the May 2011 and the February/March 2014 issues of Black Belt magazine.
Of course, you’re most likely to find him teaching at his Yamaki Karate dojo in Torrance.
It is from that school in Southern California that we interviewed Kenji Yamaki for the special-features section of his best-selling two-DVD set Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning regarding this topic of the 100-man kumite.
Kenji Yamaki spoke candidly about what happened to him, offering us — and viewers of his two-DVD set — a vivid first-person account of pitting his will and body against staggering physical and mental punishment.