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Guest Instructors from Okinawa - SenseiKazuo Tajima & Sensei Noriaki Ikehara
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 hombu dojo on weekends under O'Sensei Nagamine. 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 stoped training.
Sensei Ota moved to US in 1969. In 1973 he open- ed his first Dojo and has been teaching Matsuba- yashi Shorin Ryu in Los Angeles for over 40 years, for last several years he moved and opened his school 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 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, a well known master in Okinawa. At O’Sensei Nagamine school Sensei Tajima trained under the master and Sensei Nakamura, Sensei Ahagon, Sensei Makishi & Kishaba, these are all well known top students at O’Sensei Nagamine’s Dojo. At age 35 Sensei Tajima started training under Sensei Kishaba, Kishaba, founder of Kishaba Juku and after his passing he trained with the well known Katsuhiko Shinzato who translated Sensei Nagime’s Book 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 known for his power and hip development that generate tremendous power. Sensei Noriaki Ikehara, A student of Kensei 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.