I just found out tonight as I looked for my Teacher from Okinawa 1965 to 1967 and I can not express the respect his presence always had. I will miss you Sen Sei as I was one of your Full contact Students that took all challengers for you in all demonstrations you had in my time in Okinawa.
Art Correa from California
I was so sorry to hear this,he was such a great man,if it would of not been for him I would of not stayed in the Martial Arts. Thank you for bringing the true meaning for doing kata to the Arts
Taika, you are responsible for so much of the good in my life – finding a second father in Tasshi Logue, meeting the mother of my children, my best and closest friends, and your belief in me when I doubted myself. It is a rare God-given gift to touch the lives of those you meet in your life in so many ways, at so many levels, with such compassion, loyalty and love. While I will always remember the knowledge you shared, it is your willingness to share yourself with us that I will cherish
Taika has given me a purpose I will follow for the rest of my life.
From student to running a dojo I never thought I'd get further than a few belts.
Thank you so very much Taika!
Forever grateful for your guidance, teachings and leadership.You made a lasting impression on all our lives.
Words will never be enough to express my respect and trust in Taika. He became my teacher and mentor at the studio Dwight Brown and myself owned in Miami, FL. His example made a lasting impression on my life that is very much how I live my life. Taika is not gone but very much alive in all of us that were touched by him.
THANK YOU TAIKA FOR ALWAYS KEEPING ME SAFE ON THE STREET AS A POLICE OFFICER FOR 33YRS YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
I was a teenager when you came to my dojo to teach us. You changed my life, and I will never forget you. The circle is now complete, and you fought the good fight.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
We will see each other again! Amen!
i remember lessons where you showed with authority you are still admired throughout the arts you taught
an inspiration to all. I regret never getting to meet the man who almost single handedly changed the face of karate in America. Rest well.
Thanks for the good. The rest I'll let slide.
Taika~ I am honored to have been your student. Thank you.
You were a teacher, hero, and friend. You inspired me to listen to the heart..and not the words. Your wisdom changed my life. You will be missed.
visited for one week as guest of greg lindquist and changed my life forever. my sincere condolences and respect to taika and Greg.
The loss of Oyata is a great loss to humanity and the world.
-Loyal follower of Oyata's Teachings
I had the honor of training with Hanshi several times at seminars, but I wonder if he ever realized how far reaching his teachings spread. Prior to his arrival in the United States, few understood the concepts of tuite and kyusho jitsu. He gave the karate community important keys that unlocked the mysteries of Okinawa Te. Thank you Hanshi. My sincere condolences to the Oyata family. Thank you for sharing him with us.
John R. Hutchcroft,
Our depest and sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with Taika, Robin and all their family.
- Danny & Tracey Iasbarrone
My heart is heavy at the news of his passing.
Taika was an amazing human being and an incredible leader and teacher. One who made a difference and change many many lives. I credit him as one of the people who helped me obtain success in life both personally and professionally.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all of us who practice his art of life protection.
Keeping the memory of Taika burning. Robin & family, in our prayers.
My condolence to Oyata family.
Taika was very special person for everyone who has met him. He touched everyones souls and harts. He took care for everyone of Ryute family, like for me on Okinawa when I was there first time. He taught me some much that I will remember that forever.
I am sure that now he is training with his masters and Tasshi Jim Logue some place that only they know it.
Rest in peace Sensei
Our deepest condolence the Oyata family. We are praying for you.
We have lost our Grand Master, great and wonderful man and friend, last true warrior.
His memory and taughts will live forever in our minds.
We have truly lost a great legend and a inspiration to many Karateka. Thank you for your gift to the martial arts community.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
I trained several times through the years with Sensei Oyata and was always grateful for his teachings. We will all miss him but he lives on through his students and teachings.
Taika, I thank you for the wonderful legacy you have left behind. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us. I also thank your family for sharing you with the world. Rest in Peace Sensei you will be missed, but never forgotten.
They say we receive gifts in life and we should cherish them like friendships. Taika was a gift to us all that had the unique experience to study with him. As my Psychic teacher told me years ago after looking at his picture he is so rare he is one in ten million she said he is a genius. I feel totally humble and proud to have been your student in life. Dennis Bootle
Heartfelt condolences from the Kuda Family in Okinawa, the Okinawa Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kenpo Karate and Koubudo Assn., and myself. Although I never had the honor to meet or train with him, by all accounts he was an extraordinary individual.
Fred Ettish, Honbucho
Okinawa Shorin Ryu Matsumura Karate and Koubudo Assn.
Taika. Thank you for teaching us, for being our friend, our guide and our mentor. You mean so much to all of us and are such a big part of all our lives you will be with us forever. Gary Shull
Although we never had the honour to meet Taika personally, our lives have been changed by his teachings, beliefs and values, passed down to us from our teachers. We mourn the loss of such an incredible man and send our sincere condolences to the Oyata family.
United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance
Invercargill, New Zealand
He was not only great warrior, but also truly great man. His passing is unbelievable loss to whole martial arts community...
I send my sincere condolences to whole Ryu-Te family.
Although I never met Taika, I experienced his lessons through my teacher. His knowledge will live on. He was a Great Man. His family and students have a lot to be proud of. Our prayers are with you all.
United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance
Tauranga, New Zealand
On behalf on myself and the Kenshi-kai organization. Our sincere condolences to the Oyata family and his Ryute Renmei.
Mr. Oyata's passing is a true loss to the martial arts community. Regards to his family and students.
The martial arts community and the world have lost a true treasure.
I want to thank the family of this special man for sharing his love of life and friendship. He will truly be missed. He touched many in all he did and I personally want to thank you for being such a inspiration to so many. I am sorry for his family to lose his earthly being but his memory will continue to keep his spirit alive here. I will treasure the time that was spent with him while Masami played softball for us. What a great time we all had and fun stories. My prayers are with you all.