What is Wadōkai?


Wadōkai is one of the main schools of Japanese Karate - the others are Shitoryu, Gojuryu, Shotokan and Kyokushinkai. These schools were all created during the period 1930 - 1950 and subsequently, they have fragmented into many sub-groups. Only Wadokai has remained intact as a style in Japan. 


Wadokai is a training method that teaches natural movement driven by the body. Speed, timing and body evasion are three distinctive features of this form of karate.


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JKF Wadokai seminar: Shimura sensei and Katsube sensei demonstrating throwing technique. Wado karate includes some throwing techniques which come from its jujutsu heritage.