The OLD school of Okinawa-Te
It was the awesome spectacle of gladiator-like training that beckoned martial artists from all parts of the world to enter its doors.  Hidden among the winding shops along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area stood the master wearing a black uniform with black belt--He was Gordon Doversola.

Many challengers approached the Sensei, hoping, betting, wishing they could stand-up to his students in a furious sparring match.

In the early days, Gordon Doversola’s Okinawa-Te fighting system was tested against all challengers.  It’s reputation grew among martial artists earning their respect.

1934 - 2011

Gordon Doversola was the Founder & Creator of modern day Okinawa-Te. Based on historic Chinese archives and genius ingenuity, he created a fighting system similar to Chinese Kempo, Kung Fu, and Japanese Karate with vastly superior qualities.  The kata (forms) and fighting style he created won international recognition throughout the years as they were performed and put to the test in martial art contests world-wide.

1960’s Dojo: 
3816 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles Ph. 213-666-9990

Famous Students: 
Joe Lewis,Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall, Jim Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Francis,
Black Belts 
The OLD School of Okinawa-Te

Shihan’s Best!

1. Larry Delano
He is the first black belt of Okinawa-Te...more... 

2. Ray Contreras
Outstanding fighter and instructor at the OLD school of Okinawa-Te on Sunset Blvd...more...

3. Geoffrey Ewertz

He pulverized the heavy bag with walloping side kicks...more...

4. Mark Galvin
Known for his fascinating performance of the Crane Form of Okinwawa-Te... more...

5. Mike Lee
Won numerous titles for his performance of Okinawa-Te katas such as Falling Leaf, Bear, Sword & Hammer. more.... 

6. Glen Hoyen
He became AAU World Champion as he challenged other martial art styles to face the power of Gordon Doversola’s Okinawa-Te system.  More...

7. John Hanrahan
He won trophies in 3 divisions and became grand champion... more...

Most Famous 
Fighting Techniques 
Backfist strike
Modified back-side kick
Front roundhouse,front bounce counter side kick
Switch side-kick
Ridge hand strike
Backfist, floating low block, opposite double-reverse punch
Reverse Stance, counter side kick
Fake high front kick, over the top reverse punch
Downward hammer strike, circular hammer strike with same hand
Lean out with left fake open hand parry, right open hand parry, right high round kick

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Grandmaster’s Original Teachings

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Bruce Lee presents a trophy to world champion Joe Lewis approximately 1966. The Okinawa-Te emblem worn on Lewis’ uniform represents his training experience with Gordon Doversola.

Anne Francis, star of the 1960‘s television series, “Honey West” learns to use Okinawa-Te from Gordon Doversola for her upcoming fight scenes.


1965 edition of Black Belt Magazine featured Gordon Doversola on the cover and inside are several pages about Okinawa-Te.