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Oliver Martial Arts Academy


OMA stands for Oliver Martial Arts, where we teach the art of Shotokan, a style of Karate developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi.  Funakoshi trained in popular styles of Okinawan karate, adopted the Kyu/Dan rank system and the uniform (Keikogi) developed by Kano Jigoro, the founder of judo.  This system uses colored belts (obi) to indicate rank.


Funakoshi laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate (or Niju Kun) which form the foundations of the art, heavily based on bushido and Zen, where it lies the philosophy of Shotokan.  The dojo kun lists five philosophical rules for training in the dojo, which is posted on a wall of the dojo and students are encouraged to memorize as it provides motivation and a context for further training. At OMA, we zealously follow dojo kun.


Funakoshi had many students, internal disagreements led to the creation of different organizations, therefore, today there is no single “Shotokan School”, although they all bear Funakoshi’s influence.  Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do and it is a widely practiced style. Its training is divided into three parts: Kihon (basics), Kata ( forms or patterns of moves) and Kumite (sparring). For more information on these, visit our dojo.


In Japanese OMA 黄麻 means jute a strong fiber and in Hebrew the original language, it means cedar tree and leadership. Our purpose is to teach our OMA students, of all ages, to be strong, leaders with integrity.  That their behavior as a Shotokan karate practicing person out in the world leaves an impression like the cedar tree, of fragrant aroma.  And as Funakoshi wrote: "The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant."

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We are a family oriented & family owned Martial Arts Academy with our location in Riverview, FL.  We are able to serve the Riverview, Valrico & Brandon areas.  OMA is associated with Bushi-do Karate Kai Shotokan PANACO, the school founded by Shihan Cecilio Ortega. Shihan Ortega is a 8th Dan and a member of the JKA (Japan Karate Association) and a member & founder of AFMA (American Federation of Martial Arts), with more than 40 years of experience on Karate-Do Shotokan. Shihan Ortega, oversees academies in Panama, Argentina, NYC, and Florida (Riverview), and continues to train OMA’s Sensei, Rafael Oliver, in Shotokan, Weapons, and Self Defense.

We are also members of the International San Ten Karate Association (ISKA). 


Our Sensei, Rafael Oliver is originally from Panama City, Panama and earned his Black Belt Certification in 1992 in Shotokan Karate-do under Shihan Cecilio Ortega and AFMA. Sensei Rafael Oliver also holds degrees in Naval Engineering, Theology, and Education.  


Our students range from 5 years old to adults, with different ranks (color belts) and different fitness levels. With classes which are design for the difference in ages and physical development, our program encourages.


For a week of trying out, at no cost to you or for more information please contact us at 813-278-8551.



OMA Riverview
(located in Bloomingdale Shopping Center)
10835 Bloomingdale Ave. Riverview, FL 33578

1:00 pm to 7:30 pm
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm

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