Wado Kai

     
       The History of  Wado Kai  Karate

 
A brief introduction
               
Founder of  Wado - Hironori Ohtsuka  began martial arts training at six in Shindo Yoshin-ryu jujutsu, a traditional Japanese martial art from which modern judo was derived. By 1921, at the relatively young age of 29, he was awarded the coveted menkyo-kaiden, designating him the successor as master of this style. A year later he began karate training under Gichin Funakoshi, the man who introduced karate to Japan from Okinawa. He became one of Funakoshi's senior students but eventually travelled to Okinawa to learn more deeply of karate from the masters who had instructed Funakoshi. It was his belief that Funakoshi had over-simplified and over-modified several karate techniques and katas in the interests of teaching large groups of beginners. Sensei Ohtsuka combined his new knowledge of karate with several of his own  adaptations from Japanese Bushido (the Way of the Warrior) martial arts to form Wado karate.
Ohtsuka believed that karate needed to be more dynamic and fluid, and less rigid and strength-based. He stopped training with Gichin Funakoshi and in 1934 Ohtsuka's Wado Karate was recognized as an independent style. 

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as the following video demonstrates

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