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Shintani Wado Kai Karate

The karate that we practice is based on the style developed by Hanshi Masaru Shintani.

(Further information available below.)

Sensei Shintani, 10th Dan (Jūdan) was the Supreme Instructor of Wado Kai Karate in Canada and the founder of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF).


At the time of his death, he was the highest ranking Sensei outside of Japan.  Sensei Shintani was a direct student of Master Otsuka, the founder of Wado Kai.


Sensei Shintani devoted over 50 years to the study of Karate. He also held ranks in Judo (Sandan), Aikido (Shodan), and Kendo (Shodan).

Wado Kai Karate is a Japanese Karate style founded in 1939 by Hironori Otsuka.  It is an amalgamation of Funakoshi's Shotokan Karate, jujutsu and kempo.  Wado Kai means the ‘Way of Peace & Harmony”.  It is one of four major styles of Karate in Japan and remains one of the purest forms of Karate-do.

Similar to most other Karate styles, Wado Kai includes:

There are many other facets to Wado Kai Karate that make it a unique and valuable interpretation of Karate-do.

In Wado Kai Karate, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, in addition to the virtues of self-control, respect for others and humility.

Hanshi Masaru Shintani

Kata:  Sequences of techniques done against imagined attackers.

Kumite:  Prearranged and free-style sparring are equally emphasized training foundations.  Equally fundamental to Wado is taisabaki, body-shifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack.  This technique was derived from Japanese swordsmanship.

"Violent action may be understood as the way of martial arts, but the true meaning of martial arts is to seek and attain the way of peace and harmony" 

Sensei Otsuka

Basic techniques (waza):  Punching, kicking, blocking, open and closed hand strikes and study of grappling and joint-twisting maneuvers.

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