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Tatsuo Suzuki


Tatsuo Suzuki was born in Yokohama in 1928. He had an interest in Karate from his early teens and within six years of beginning his study of Karate, Professor Suzuki was awarded his 3rd Dan at the age of 19. In 1951 at the age of 24 he was awarded the then highest grade in Wado-Ryu at the time, 5th Dan for his outstanding courage and ability.

At 47 he was awarded his 8th Dan and also in the same year was given the title of Hanshi (Master) by the international Budo Federation and was presented with a special silver cup by Higashi Kuni no Miya, the uncle of the late Emperor of Japan. From 1945 to 1956 he received direct instruction from the founder of Wado Ryu, Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei at the Wado Ryu Headquarters. Thereafter, as Ohtsuka Sensei's most senior student, he traveled with Ohtsuka Sensei both domestically and internationally performing demonstrations and teaching

From 1956 to 1964 Master Suzuki founded the first Wado Federation in England and from his base in London he spread Wado Ryu throughout Europe.  He brought senior students from Japan, taught them how to be instructors and sent them to various European countries. Within just a few years Wado Ryu became the most popular style in Europe.

We recommend you to take the time to view this video clip which shows the true Master of Wado Kai, performing Techniques with the Finesse that all Wado Karateka should strive to achive.  

Tatsuo Suzuki

To read a very interesting self written short story of his background and life
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