Karate is a Japanese term meaning “empty hand”, indicating that karate is a martial art that does not require weapons other than the parts of the human body. It also means that the practitioner should strive to empty his/her mind of aggression or negative thoughts.
“Think not of the martial art as combat alone. It is also the study of peace and seeking the way of harmony” Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka. Grand Master Ohtsuka founded the art of Wado-Ryu in 1934. The term Wado means way of peace and harmony. It is a blend of traditional karate and Shindo Yoshinryu Jujutsu. It is an equal balance of developing both fine and gross motor skills.
The aim of our Wado-Ryu karate classes is not merely perfection of the physical techniques of self defense, but the development of a mind that is tranquil yet alive.
Peace through strength.