What is Wado-Ryu?
Wado-Ryu Karate is a Japanese martial art founded by Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka 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-defense.
The full name of the style is Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. The term Wado-Ryu means “way of peace” or “way of harmony”, indicating Ohtsuka Sensei’s original intention to use training in Wado-Ryu as a means of solving problems in a non-violent way. Karate-Do means “way of the empty hand”, as Karate is, for the most part, studied without the use of weapons.
“Think not of martial arts as combat alone; it is also the study of peace and the way of harmony” – Hironori Ohtsuka
What is Kata?
Kata in karate is a way of transmitting information about body movement, technique and focus. The information to be learned is literally encoded in the movements, so that the body learns the principles by performing the movements correctly. Karate kata can be compared to a DNA molecule in which large amounts of information are encoded and passed on to the next generation – in this case, of students. Read more…