Starring Master Ken Ota
6 Volume DVD Set
Ken Ota originally practiced the grappling arts Sumo and Judo, which he regularly participated in from the time he had been placed in the Japanese internment camps of World War II. It was not until 1963 during his regular commutes to Los Angeles for dance lessons that he came across the art of Aikido. The whole Ota family enrolled in classes under Isao Takahashi. The Otas then moved onto training in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido under Koichi Tohei.
The Otas built their own “cultural school” next to their Goleta home, which could easily transform into a dojo when fitted with removable tatami mats; the main wall adorns a traditional Japanese shomen, which includes photos of Morihei Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, and a large Ki symbol painted by Tohei himself.
The Otas offered classes to children and adults in Judo and Aikido, and also consulted local law enforcement. Ken was hired to teach martial arts at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he became advisor for several clubs, including a women’s Judo team. Ken was also contracted by Panther Productions to produce a series of Aikido instructional videos.
Ken and Miye’s son,
Steve, returned to Santa Barbara after completing his studies at San Jose State
University, where he was a member of the championship Judo team. In the years
since Steve’s return, many of the adult and high-level classes have
transitioned to Steve’s direction, as he continues to train and receive
recognized ranks in KI Aikido, along with teaching Aikido at UCSB.
Aikido Level #1: Fundamentals
Aikido master Ken Ota teaches proper training etiquette and philosophy, required uniform, warm-up & conditioning exercises, rolling and...