What is Wado Ryu Karate?
Wado Ryu Karate is distinguished from other
Japanese karate styles by its unique yielding nature, a form of
soft energy blended with sheer, hard force in it's techniques.
Besides primary punching and kicking techniques, Wado Ryu students
learn how to use body shifting to neutralize or deflect an attack,
thereby causing the attacker to lose balance and to become more
vulnerable to a counterattack.
Wado Ryu Karate was founded by Hironori Ohtsuka
Sensei in 1934. Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado Ryu after studying
the Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu, and Shotokan (another
style of Karate). This combination, according to Ohstuka
Sensei, is a softer, more natural means of self-protection.
The term Wado Ryu means "Way of Peace and
Harmony". This indicates Ohtsuka Sensei's original intention
to use training in Wado Ryu as a means of solving problems in a
non-violent way. The word Karate means "Empty hand".