Sensei Ota

Eihachi Ota – Core Strength

Eihachi Ota demonstrates a powerful Bo Kata. Sensei Ota’s use of core strength to generate velocity is perhaps his greatest trait.  You can see how his stances (which are generally low and wide), help him to control his balance, etc., while he delivers effective strikes – and it’s safe to say that he leverages “winding up”.  Here is another video of a ‘Shiru Taro No Kon’ Bo Kata that he performed for a small audience at Phillip’s Karate Dojo in…

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4 Ways to improve your Karate!

1. You don’t need to “move like they do”.  Karate has evolved quite a bit since Karate practitioners of yesteryear were first captured on film or motion picture.  A lot has changed.  In fact, entire fields of study, like sports medicine for example, have been invented since the old masters practiced their art.  These days, we have a much better understanding of the relationship between muscles and tendons.  We have scientific understanding of the relationship between velocity and “power”.  So,…

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Ota Seminar – May 2015

Hello Students. I have some great news!  We finally have the dates for Sensei Ota’s Spring 2015 Seminar.  Be sure to mark these in your calendars.  Sensei Ota will be with us from Thursday, May 21st to Sunday, May 24th.  Seminars will be happening on each of these days.  Stay tuned to find out the exact seminar time and rank requirements.  There will be seminar classes for all ranks, as well as those reserved only for Shodan and higher. For some…

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