EIHACHI OTA, HANSHI 9TH DAN:
I was born on May 23, 1945 in Kuroshima, Okinawa. World War II was just ending and it was the most difficult time for the Japanese people. My parents then moved to Okinawa-honto, Okinawa to better their chances for survival and to provide a better education for their children. I began Karate when I was about 13 years old. After completing college as an electronics technician, I came to the United States in November 1969 to pursue my opportunities and begin a new life.
I became a Karate student as soon as possible and then an assistant teacher in 1971. I opened my first Karate Dojo (school) in Los Angeles two years later. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, I was a business owner and still a full-time Karate instructor. Immediately after work, I went straight to the Karate Dojo. I never stopped training.
I am now retired with the opportunity to teach 7 days a week and fortunately through our organization, Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Association, I am able to spread my knowledge, experience, and teachings across the world. To be able to teach the Okinawan-style Karate and tradition all over the world is the greatest feeling and has always been my goal.