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.

 

Ohtsuka

HIRONORI OHTSUKA - THE FOUNDER OF WADO-RYU.

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.