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The Uchi-Deshi (student interns)


Usually in Japan is determined to Uchi-Deshi as domestic students, not just those who enter the Honbu for practicing Kyokushinkai, but also in other Japanese arts like Ikenawa "floral" or Chanoyu "tea ceremony."

The origin of the Uchi-deshi is difficult to know, but perhaps arose while the Samurai in Japan, which showed their skills to their children or, perhaps, would have to go back to the monasteries where the monks who needed to teach pupils and continue with their lessons.

The Uchi-Deshi is a special students who engage in body and soul into learning the art chosen and to serve his master. There are several types of students, Uchi-Deshi inmates would be living in the domains of their teachers (Honbu, monastery, house etc.), And Kayoi-no-deshi (foreign students), who live independently but regularly attend to train.

Many karateka have made the pilgrimage to Kyokushinkai Honbu in Japan to know something about what a Uchi-Deshi, but in times of Sosai Masutatsu OYAMA very few foreigners were becoming Uchi-Deshi.

The number was reduced carefully, only about 15 boarding students were admitted each year. The number was significantly reduced when they were aware of the lifestyle they had chosen one of the hardest and most demanding in the world of martial arts. They had little freedom of movement, it could only leave the Dojo at lunchtime. These had to be training for 1,000 days and then could go. Uchi-Deshi The train, eat, sleep and even dream of Karate.

Having chosen this way of life is for several reasons: some want to become world champions, others seek a different way of life karate. Some simply feel Kyokushinkai worship and follow the teachings of Sosai.

The day of a Uchi-Deshi beginning at 6:30 pm in the morning. The first class began at 7:00 pm and was always outside, regardless of the weather, it could rain, snow, making the sweltering heat all this was just one more reason to continue to strengthen the spirit of the karateka.

As global warming began a career of eight kilometers, sprinting up a hill, both on the rise as the fall time and again, and by then all the pain and stiffness of the previous day had disappeared. After running all entrabann in the park and sometimes near the dojo Sosai out to see how trained. There were still working and striving to do more exercises, 100 push-ups with his fists, 300 squats, 500 sit-ups, etc.., Knowing that during the day the coaches would continue to recur.

Everyone remembers that during those years was reached a point where you would stop and go home and wondered: <<Why?, Why am I here?, Why am I doing this?>>. The answer was not to be a superhero, but find a very special feeling inside that will take you to overcome these extreme limits.

After training, the Uchi-Deshi morning I had to make breakfast for the rest of the residents and clean the Honbu before sunrise. After reciting the promises of Kyokushinkai. Later they made everything from cooking, washing karategis of their instructors, clean toilets, do carpentry or masonry. Sometimes they were reprimanded by Sempais if something had not cleaned properly or if the orders were not implemented as they should.

The training and life of the Uchi-Deshi was so hard and monotonous exceeded only a few people. If they succeeded, they were likely to become future world champions and some of the clearest exponents of Kyokushin Karate world as Keji Sanpei or small Koichi Kawabata, were 2 and 8, respectively, in various world championships. When participating in a championship, they were convinced that they should not lose, had a kind of feeling I was in the air by the fact that the surrender would mean as if they had lost the Bushido code or as if something had died inside them. Thus, fighting a Uchi-Deshi has very little chance of success, knowing the inner strength they possess.

Thanks to this kind of fighting spirit will remain alive forever Kyokushinkai in the soul of karate.

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