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Iain Abernethy
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Karate Man (Short Documentary on Eihachi Ota)

Hi All,

Here is a short documentary called “Karate Man”. It is well put together and should be of interest to many here. Thanks to Stewart Squire for making me aware of it.

All the best,


Documentary Blurb: At 65 years old, Sensei Eihachi Ota is one of only a handful of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu karate instructors from Okinawa still teaching in the U.S. Immigrating here in the late 1960's during the martial arts boom that gave rise to such luminaries as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, Sensei Ota eventually found work as a technician at a large electronics company in Los Angeles. He also ran a bar in a rough are of the city, working 365 days a year, 7 days a week. Like many immigrants, Sensei Ota's journey has been one of finding roots in a new land. But in his 40+ years of training and teaching he has also become a vital link between the karate of Okinawa and its continuous evolution in the United States and throughout the world.

NOTE: While in production for this film, we discovered that a former student of Sensei Ota had done a similar film over thirty years ago. Check it out:

john mcgregor
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that is amazeing Sensei.Thankyou for posting a notice on Face book and for putting it on your site.It gives me more food for thought.Osu

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I don't know if this guy is still alive, but I believe I met him in 1995.  I also think I have his signature in Nagamine's book.