History

The Origins of Wado Kenshu Kai

Karate is a Martial Art created in Okinawa and was originally called Tode.

‘To’ or ‘Kara’ means China while ‘Te’ means technique.

Original Karate came to Okinawa from China over 500 years ago.

About 200 years ago, the Satsuma clan of Samurai (Japanese Warriors) made Okinawa their province and prohibited Okinawans to use weapons, even for private training. So they created the practice yourself system of Karate through Kata (Forms). From June 1920 or so, Okinawans living in Tokyo or Osaka in Japan started to make Karate more popular.

In 1910, Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei came to Tokyo and lived in the dormitory of Waseda University. He had already trained in Jujitsu from the age of 6 under Chojiro Ehashi Sensei, the official instructor of Jujitsu at Tsuchiura clan. Ehashi Sensei was Ohtsuka Sensei’s mother’s uncle. Ohtsuka Sensei owed him great thanks for his Samurai style of education, which is both gentle and strict.

Ohtsuka Sensei continued to train at Jujitsu Dojo in Tokyo.

On his 29th birthday, Grand Master Tatsusaburo Nakayama Sensei allowed him to know the highest and deepest doctrine techniques of Shito Yoshin Ryu Jitsu, in which he succeeded to the position of 4th Grand Master.

After that time, Ohtsuka began to study Karate, as Karate became increasingly popular after 1921. He concentrated on making a genuine Japanese Martial Art by taking the merits from Jujitsu-Kenpo and disregarding its demerits.

In 1930, the Japanese Society of Ancient Martial Art was established

His school participated in this establishment as Wado (Way of Peace) Ryu Karate-Do.

This was the first case of a Karate school having its own name.

Ohtsuka Sensei’s style was created from a combination of the Jujitsu art and the Karate Art.

The modern Wado (Kenshu-Kai) was created by Yoshihiko Iwasaki Shihan in 2007.

Wado Kenshu-Kai is an authentic and high performance style of Karate-Do from Japan. ‘Wado’ means way of peace and harmony, while ‘Kenshu-kai’ means the association of development of the mind and body by Martial Art practice in Japanese.

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