Edmond Otis has a unique background. A peak-performance coach, health educator and licensed psychotherapist, he has been is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay, since 2008. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Edmond was a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where he held teaching positions across Psychology, the Graduate school of Education, Honors, Athletics, Physical Education, and was twice the recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award.
In the private sector, in addition to his clinical focus, Edmond works with athletes, coaches and sports teams to develop mental skills and improve competitive outcomes. He consults with select public and private organisations, schools, sport and health agencies in New Zealand, and North America, on topics related to resilience, performance & leadership, mental health, conflict, stress and interpersonal synergy.
In sport, Edmond is a life-long practitioner, and internationally instructor, coach, and examiner in traditional karate. He has coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international championships and has personally developed many high-ranking instructors. Edmond was Pan-American Chairman of the World Union of Karate-do Organisations (WUKO), and currently holds the position of International Chairman for the Shotokan International Alliance. He is a frequent guest instructor at international training camps in North America and Europe.