Wado-ryu Karate-Do

Is a Japanese martial art developed by Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin in 1934.

Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado-ryu after mastering Jiu-jitsu and studying Karate under Gichin Funikoshi (The father of modern Karate), this combination according to Ohtsuka Sensei, is a softer, more natural means of self Defence.

The term Wado-ryu means "Way of Peace" or "Way of Harmony" indicating Ohtsuka Sensei's original intention to use the training in Wado-ryu as a means of solving problems in a non- violent way.

Karate-Do means "Way of the Empty Hand", as Karate is, for the most part, studied without the use of weapons.




Was born June 1st 1892 in Shimodate, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan, and began his training at the age of 5 on advice form his grandmother. His first lessons in the martial arts had been in Ju-Jitsu and were given by his Grandfather, Chojiro Ehashi. Here he learnt the basics of Kicking, punching and throwing.

This training continued until H Ohtsuka was 13, when he joined the Shinto-Yoshin-Ryu school of Ju-Jitsu. At the time under its 3rd Grand Master Shizaburo Nakayama. He trained dilegently and after his entrance to Waseda University he continued to train in the Shito-Yoshin-Ryu style but also he began training in other styles of Ju-Jitsu.

He would travel to other Dojos and such was his skill accepted many challenges of Hom-Gumite (real fighting bouts), the experience gained from this helped further his Ju-Jitsu and at the age of 29 in 1920 he completed all the lessons in Shito-Yoshin-Ryu and was awarded the highest licence of training. Giving him the right to proceed Shizaburo Nakayama as the 4th Grand Master of the Shinto-Yoshin-Ryu. He then received the award Menkyu Kaiden.