Edmond Otis

Senior Lecturer


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Areas of Teaching

Health and Sport Science, MHSc


MS, MFT - Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, BA


Edmond Otis has been senior lecturer at EIT in Health and Sport Science, and the Master of Health Science since 2008.  Prior to moving to New Zealand, Edmond was a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) from 1981-2007. There, he was twice recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award, and held teaching positions across Psychology, Honours, the Graduate School of Education, Physical Education and Recreation, and served as Director of Martial Arts in Athletics. 

In sport, Edmond is an internationally recognised instructor, coach, official 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 Chairman and Chief instructor of AJKA-International. He is a frequent guest instructor at international training camps in North America and Europe. 

Edmond is a licensed psychotherapist, and since 1993 has practiced individual, group, and family therapy, along with clinical supervision in private practice and for public agencies.

In the private sector, 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 performance & leadership, mental health, resilience, conflict and violence, safety, stress and interpersonal synergy.

Edmond is the author of texts, articles, and educational videos focusing on essential karate principles and techniques. His recent research has focused on; Youth Resilience, Performance, Developing Winning Sport Cultures, Sideline Behaviour in Sport, and the Impact of “Lean Thinking” on Health Providers.

Professionally, and personally, Edmond is most interested in understanding the multitude of ways that our thoughts, our emotions, our behaviour, and our relationships – impact our performance, our health, and our quality of life.



Research outputs

Research outputs 2016

Research outputs 2015

Research outputs 2013