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Eihachi Ota

SHŌRIN-RYŪKARATE & KOBUDŌ ASSOCIATION

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Sensei Ota is the highest ranking Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practitioner outside of Okinawa. Sensei Ota started his training in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu in high school with a close friend of his. He was invited by his friend to train at his school under Sensei Shima Masao and trained at the home dojo on weekends under O'Sensei Nagamina. Sensei Shima was one of the most important students of O'Sensei Nagamine. Sensei Ota was known to train 365 days a year, often three times a day. It did not matter what the weather was like, he never stopped training. Sensei Ota moved to the US in 1969. In 1973 he opened his first Dojo and has been teaching Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu in Los Angeles for over 40 years. Today, Sensei Ota teaches in his dojo in Gardena California. Guest Instructors from Okinawa: Sensei Kazuo Tajima, 8th Dan, Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu & Kishaba Juku. Sensei Tajima is the highest senior student at Kishaba Juku under Sensei Katsuhiko Shinzato. Sensei Tajima started karate when he was in high school. He was classmates with the son of the founder of Matsubayashi Ryu, Takayoshi Nagmine. Sensei Tajima joined the Hombu Dojo because of Sensei Takayoshi. Sensei Tajima has also trained in Tomari Te from Sensei Seiyu Nakasone, as well know master in Okinawa. At O'Sensei Nagamine school Sensei Tajima trained under the master of Sensei Nakamura, Sensei Ahagon, Sensei Makishi & Kishaba. These area all well know top students at O'Sensei Nagamine's Dojo. At age 35 Sensei Tajima started training under Sensei Kishaba, founder of Kishaba Juku and after his passing he trained with the well know Katsuhiko Shinzato who translated Sensei Nagime's took to English, "The Essence of Karate Do". Sensei Tajima has been teaching at the American Army base in Okinawa for many years. Sensei Tajima is know for his power and hip development that generates tremendous power. Sensei Noriaki Ikehara, A student of Sensei Taba, Sensei Taba was one of the top senior students of O'Sensei Nagamine and former World Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu President, Sensei Taba started his own organization called Shogen Ryu to compliment Sensei Nagamine's Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu. Sensei Ikehara currently teaches at his school Shorin Ikehara Karate Dojo.
 
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ABOUT OTA SENSEI

HANSHI 10TH DAN.  PRESIDENT, SHŌRIN-RYŪ KARATE AND KOBUDO ASSOCIATION (SKKA) AND OKINAWAN BUDOKAI.

It was in Naha City, the capital of Okinawa, after gaining recognition as one of the strongest in his high school’s karate club, Mr.Ota was invited to join Sensei Shima’s private dojo and Sensei’s Nagamine dojo.

 

Sensei Ota is an expert in empty handed Karate as well as all the traditional Okinawan weapons of self-defense, which at one time were used in the fishing and farming industries: Nunchucks, Bo, Sai, Tonfa and Kama. Ota believes that Kobudo, the study of weapons, is an integral part of karate training, and he encourages students to practice the various weapons. Ota says that weapons training presents an opportunity for students from different styles to train together because the techniques needed for weapons are the same, regardless of stylistic variations or a student’s background. Always however, the student must first learn how to take care of the weapons, because in this way they develop respect and appreciation for the weapons, and, moreover, the responsibility and control to use it. Perhaps even more than his lightning speed or the forcefulness of his techniques, what differentiates Ota from all other sensei is his mastery of distance. Ota explains that when opponents engage, they are already at a very short distance from one another.

 

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