Taika Oyata Remembrance Seminar – October 21st and 22nd, 2022

Taika Seiyu Oyata (1928-2012)

Remembrance Seminar

October 21 & 22, 2022

In commemoration of 10 years since Taika’s passing, we will come together on his birthday to celebrate the life of this uniquely gifted Life Protection Artist.

All styles and systems are welcome to join us for training, camaraderie, and stories.

The instructors at this event all have over 20 years’ experience in Taika’s Art and will provide insights into the techniques passed on by Taika.

This is a celebration and a showing that we are all keeping Taika’s Art alive as he requested.

Instructors (alphabetical):

Blake Burgert, Matt Cowen, Vern Johnson, Greg Lindquist, Peter Polander, Gary Shull, Gerry Senese, and Jim Toolan

Additional Instructors:  Manny Agosto, Arthur Hearns, Joe Krystofik, Eric Magana, and Glenn Wuenstel 

Date:  Friday and Saturday October 21st & 22nd, 2022

Time:  10:00am – 4:00pm CST


Merriam Community Center

6040 Slater St, Merriam, KS 66202

Hotel Options 

Hotels are all close to the Merriam Community Center.  Click name to go to the hotel website.

  1. Hotel Lotus(4.7/5)-  2 Queen beds ~$100-$120
  2. Hampton Inn (4.1/5)- 2 Double beds ~$124-$130
  3. Quality Inn Merriam (3.5/5)- 2 Queen Beds ~$100


  • Empty Hand
  • Kobujitsu


Exact schedule will be available in September.

Format is to have the instructors offer repeating sessions so that attendees can get to every different offering if they so choose.  There will also be “open” time for attendees to express an interest in a particular topic and have an instructor available to cover that topic in a breakout type session. 

Any questions please email Glenn

Remembrance T-Shirt

Oyata Remembrance Seminar - Merriam Kansas - October 21 & 22, 2022

Oyata Remembrance Seminar - Merriam Kansas - October 21 & 22, 2022

Organization *
Lodgings - For informational purposes - see the registration page for links to the hotels listed. *
Transportation *
Attending - T-Shirt proceeds go to the Oyata Preservation Foundation *
T-Shirt Size - If you registered for the Seminar + T-Shirt
Saturday Banquet - Room reserved at Restaurant each person pays for food and drinks *