Taika Seiyu Oyata is the founder of Ryukyu Kempo, Oyata Shin Shu Ho Ryu, Atemi Jitsu, Kyusho Jitsu, and Tuite Jitsu in America.
He is a descendent of Zana Oyakata, a high ranking official of the Shuri Government before the Satsuma invasion of Okinawa in the early 1600's. Due to his heritage, Taika Oyata received instruction from a direct descendent of the Okinawan Warrior class, Uhugushuku No-Tan-Mei. The Uhugushuku family were retainers of the Okinawan Monarchy serving as guardians for the Shuri Kingdom, a relationship dating back before the 14th Century. Uhugushuku was known as a "hidden warrior", meaning he did not teach "public" karate and reserved his teachings to warrior class descendents.
As a student of Uhugushuku, Taika Oyata learned weapons fighting, weapons kata and theory of technique. Uhugushuku introduced Taika Oyata to Wakinaguri, a descendent from the ancient Chinese families sent to Okinawa as emissaries. Wakinaguri continued to instruct Taika Oyata in the principles of ancient martial arts. After the deaths of Uhugushuku and Wakinaguri, Taika Oyata trained with Shigeru Nakamura and other famous Okinawan Martial Arts Instructors.
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