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Think you know what it's like to endure a test like the 100-man kumite? Watch this exclusive testimony from Kenji Yamaki, one of only 14 men said to have survived the test, and see if it's something you could survive.

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.

KENJI YAMAKI VIDEO Modern Karate Master Offers His Account of Surviving the 100-Man Kumite


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The story of Kenji Yamaki is one of illness, bullying, attempted suicide, self-discovery through karate and eventual acclaim as one of the few to not only survive the 100-man kumite but to emerge with an 83-percent victory rate!

Kenji Yamaki is a big man — even in the United States. His arms are like legs, and his legs are like tree trunks. He's soft-spoken and smile-prone off the mat, but the minute he dons his gi, that demeanor fades fast. Warming up, he moves like a Bengal tiger, his muscles rippling as he alternates between dynamic stretches and shadowboxing sequences. His fighting combos often start with simple, direct power punches, which he likes to follow up with a knee to the face or body, or an elbow to the head. As he loosens up, he starts putting more power into his moves. He delivers his body punches and thigh kicks with a forward momentum that often overwhelms his opponent and drives him backward. He apparently loves leg sweeps, which he uses to good effect at the most unexpected times.

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In this excerpt from Kenji Yamaki's Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning 2-DVD set, the 100-man-kumite survivor shows you two counters for the one-two punch.

Now available from Black Belt Magazine Video is the two-DVD karate set from kyokushintechniques master Kenji Yamaki! Titled Full-Contact Karate: Advanced Sparring Techniques and Hard-Core Physical Conditioning, this exciting collection demonstrates karate moves that Kenji Yamaki often teaches his advanced students. Kenji Yamaki was one of the top kyokushin karate competitors in Japan. Upon immigrating to the United States and setting up shop at Yamaki Karate in Torrance, California, Kenji Yamaki began teaching his own style of hard-core karate, which he dubbed yamaki-ryu. Having trained extensively in a system made famous by Masutatsu Oyama’s intense striking techniques, Kenji Yamaki's style favors kyokushin techniques laced with kicks that are frighteningly powerful and lightning fast.

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