Born in 1939 Otani Tomio was the first born son of the well known Butoku Otani Masataro, from a very early age Tomio was exposed to Martial arts and some of the great Masters of the 20th century. In 1955 Abbé Sensei arrived in Britain and stayed at the Otani home, Tomio now 16 started to train with Abbé Sensei in Judo, Aikido , Iaido, and Kendo , Tomio studied the way of the Samurai in great detail , learning the Buddhist scriptures and the writings of past warriors, in 1960 Tomio became National coach to the British Kendo council, He was graded 2nd Dan Budo a year later. Otani Sensei never spoke of grades he had aquired, but sources say he was graded to 5th Dan Budo before Abbe Sensei returned to Japan. Otani Sensei was in the Territorial Army ( Parachute Regiment ) and stories of him jumping from a plane with his Katana on his back are often spoken of by his students, friends and family.
From the early Seventies Otani Sensei worked seriously developing Abbe's work on Kyu Shin Do and establishing its place both in the Dojo and everyday life. During this period he trained only two or three students at a time at the house in Whyteleafe in Surrey that he shared with Yoga teacher Jane. In 1980 Otani Sensei was asked by Tudor Box Sensei, a student of Masutaro Otani and Abbe Sensei, to present a demonstration of his art at the Judo school in Carshalton. Otani Sensei presented a display of Iaido which demonstrated an unrivalled purity, ease of movement, accuracy and power. Both Mike Selvey and Tudor Box started traing the following week with Otani Sensei. Along with Martial Arts training, Otani Sensei taught the mental aspects of Kyushindo. Classes also contained discussion on eastern philosophy, religion and the human condition.
Otani Sensei was also an accomplished artist, stategist and taught unusual aspects of Martial Arts such as Ho jo jutsu ( The art of binding an opponent during battle ) In early 1980 saw the opening of the Yamabushi Yodokan. the name reflected the Judo club that had been previously run: the name "Yodokan was added by Otani Sensei. The meaning can be expressed as "Y0", meaning essential, but also the pin which holds the Japanese fan together, "Do", the path or way and "Kan", meaning hall. In 1981 the Yodokan found a full time Dojo above shops in Brockley, South London. The benefit of lengthened training sessions, allied to the superb facilities presented the makings of a first class Dojo. Sensei Box taught during the day and Mike Selvey during the evenings. Otani Sensei would be there to oversee training and instruct the advanced students.
At the begining of 1990 Otani Sensei's health started to deteriorate, he had suffered in the past with gastric problems that had culminated in surgery and with this reccurance, Stomache cancer was diagnosed. Sadly Otani Sensei died on the 6th June 1991, leaving behind hundreds of students with a variety of skills