What is Wado Ryu?
What is Wado-Ryu Karate?

Wado-Ryu is a Japanese martial art founded in 1934 by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei. Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado-Ryu after studying the 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 full name of the style is Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. The term Wado-Ryu means "way of peace" or "way of harmony". Karate-Do means "way of the empty hand" as Karate is generally practiced and studied without the use of weapons.

A key principle in Wado-ryu is that of tai sabaki (often incorrectly referred to as 'evasion'). The Japanese term can be translated as "body-management" and refers to body manipulation so as to move the defender, as well as the attacker, out of harm's way. The way to achieve this is to 'move with' rather than to 'move against', or 'harmony' rather than 'physical strength.'

Name - Hironori Ōtsuka 大塚 博紀

Born - June 1, 1892
Died - January 29, 1982

Was - Japanese Master of karate who created the Wado-ryu style of karate

Rank - 10th Dan - Shodai Karate-do Meijin Judan

"If Wado Ryu was a bowl of soup, then the Karate would be a pinch of salt."
Hironori Otsuka Sensei