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OyataTe International

This is a Life Protection School that descended from the teachings of Taika Seiyu Oyata. He did not call his art a 'Martial Art' as he believed what he taught was not about war, but saving the lives of yourself, family and friends. The instructors/owners of the school trained with Taika for 24-34 years respectively, till the time of his death in 2012. We stay true to the teachings and philosophies of Taika Seiyu Oyata, continuing to carry the torch as he gave it to us.

Taika Seiyu Oyata received his initial training from two instructors; one Chinese, one Okinawan.  Thus, this is a hybrid.  Though it is commonly associated and linked to Karate, it has a much more fluid basis than most Japanese and Okinawan styles.

It is anticipated that sometime between mid 2024 and end of 2025, Lee Richards will be moving to North Carolina. The current dojo will be 'passed on' and moved to another location within the KC Metro area. Lee will continue to visit probably 4 times a year due to work travel, but other instructors will take over as primary in Kansas City. Due to this, we are discouraging any new students at this time and have moved the dojo to 'Private Status'.

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