Okinawa Japan is the birthplace of traditional Karate. Not the Karate we’re all familiar with from our exposure to North American pop-culture, but rather authentic Karate, taught in much the same fashion as it was taught hundreds of years ago – in small, intimate groups just beyond the probing eyes of the mainstream public.
This was the stage set for a special guest visitor to Oshawa’s Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kubodo Association Oshawa. Being one of the highest ranking Shorin-Ryu practitioners in the world has its own set of special challenges – namely, how do you teach to a body of students that literally span the globe? “We have a very special dojo here – something to be proud of.” Echoes Owner and teacher Dan O’Brien who was very proud to host the 74 yr. old Grand Master Eihachi Ota at the Dojo’s 2nd weekend seminar since moving into the Dojo’s new location in November of 2017. “It’s not every day that you get an authentic, Okinawan master teaching your students. The kids really loved it, not to mention the various ranked adult students and guests!”
Master Ota’s traditional upbringing and Okinawan roots, give him a very unique and holistic approach to training, “Karate is not just about physical technique, it’s mental preparedness in everyday life as well.” said the 10th Dan Hanshi Master Ota, as he spoke to roughly 25 onlookers ranging from 6yrs to 65 yrs.old.
We look forward to a return visit by Sensei Ota again in early 2019!