What is Karate?
Karate is a martial art based on the positive principles of courtesy, respect and discipline. It is an excellent activity for the whole family. Men, women and children can all benefit from our highly structured curriculum. Fitness, self-defence skills, goal-setting and increased self esteem develope as you go through the various belt levels.
Wado-Ryu Karate, taught at Shindo Wadokai, is a Japanese martial art 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 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.
Shindo Wadokai is dedicated to practicing traditional Wado-Ryu Karate with freestyle elements of effective self-defence.