MEET 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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