Taika Seiyu Oyata passed away Monday morning, June 18 2012. Taika Oyata was a true master of classical Okinawan martial arts. His passing is a great loss for the martial arts community. Taika Oyata was renowned for his immense skill in Tuite-jutsu, Kyusho-jutsu, Atemi-jutsu and the breakdown of kata (Bunkai), as well as Kobudo (classical weaponry). His knowledge, skill, and teachings were an invaluable treasure. Mr. Oyata’s legacy lives on – as dedicated practitioners continue to train, and as they pass on the knowledge to future generations.
This is the obituary from the Kansas City Star: