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WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Goleta's Miye Ota
Celebrates 100 Years

"At first nobody came, but I put sketches in the window of
the hairdos," Miye said. "One-by-one, people starting coming because they saw the hairdos."
Miye's husband, Kenji, establish the Aikido Ki martial arts
studio and cultural school, located at 255 Magnolia Ave.,
with his wife, and also taught ballroom dancing classes
at  UC Santa Barbara  and across the Central Coast. The
Ota family constructed the brick structure by hand in the
1960s. The one-story instruction studio area is comprised
of a hardwood floor surrounded by large mirrors and white
benches. Two signature chandeliers dangle inside, and
many dance awards and photographs hang from the walls.
These world-class champion ballroom dance teachers spent
decades instructing ballroom dancing, aikido, etiquette and

other skills that served thousands of people, both young
and old.
The Otas continue to offer classes to the community. Miye
is recognized as one of the founding members of the Goleta
Chamber of Commerce, and the only woman on its board.
Miye, along with a small group of Goleta businessmen,
advocated for the development and implementation of
major topics affecting business, including a sanitation district, educational activities, public infrastructure projects
and sponsoring community events.
After all of the years, all of the experiences, what does Miye
enjoy about Goleta?
"I love Goleta, it's my home...it's changing all the time, but
I just love it."

Pictured left to right: Miye Ota photographed at Aikido Ki Martial Arts in Old Town Goleta. Miye Ota pictured with her son, Steven,
at the 2018 Goleta's Finest Awards Ceremony. Miye giving her acceptance speech at the celebration. Opposite: Ken and Miye Ota in
1964; credit Porfirio Landeros.
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