Wadokai in Action!

Tradition, technical strictness, inclusive sports and social commitment.

An open-minded and international perspective: the way we all should walk

A training dedicated to the preparation of the exams from 1st to 5th dan took place in the beautiful Renshin Kan traditional dojo in Weinfelden, Switzerland. In order to benefit from those three hours of lessons and practice, we left Italy at dawn and once in Switzerland, as every time, we were able to enjoy the superb welcome of Danubio’s family…

Shingo Ohgami, 8th dan JKF Wadokai, passed away

With profound sorrow we learn of the  an extraordinary man, one of the most prepared, educated and available masters in the world of karate and a true Wadoryu legend: Shingo Ohgami sensei passed away after a long illness he never allowed to tarnish his authentic budoka spirit. He leaves an indelible mark in the European and global Wadoryu…

PRIME and inclusive martial arts. The web site and the Guide for Coaches are online

As you have already had the chance to learn about this project, PRIME – Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education is co-funded by the European Union Programme ERASMUS+, and intends to develop a high-quality coaching framework to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in martial arts in Europe.

Limitless Karate

Persons promoting budō must maintain an open-minded and international perspective as they uphold traditional values”.

The Budō Charter, Nippon Budō Kyūgikai, 1987

International Seminars

Openmindedness, sharing and exchange of information have always been the basis of every progress. And karate is no exception.

WKSI in Japan

Italian wadokas have a direct line with Japan, again. The WKSI is invited every year to the Wado-kai headquarters in Tokyo.

Swiss Summer Camp

An intense week of traditional karate in a beautiful falicity on the Swiss mountains, attended by wadokas from all over the world.

Pills of Wado-ryu

Karate (空手, empty hand) is a discipline of Budō (武道, The Way of him Who blocks the spear), the complex of the Japanese combat systems. Karate originally developed in Okinawa, a small island located between Japan and southern China, centuries before falling under the rule of the Japanese empire. Thanks to the constant trade relations and cultural exchanges with China, the warriors from Okinawa learned Kung Fu (功夫, personal ability), in particular the Hequan style (鹤拳, crane boxing), and merged it with the ancient Okinawan traditional combat styles (Kobudo), thus giving birth to Karate, which like Kung Fu was practiced by different schools with a different style.

Wado (和道, Way to Peace/Harmony) is one of the most recent styles and is the natural evolution of this martial art, after being introduced in Japan at the beginning of last century. The founder of the style Hironori Otsuka, already Grand Master of Shindo Yoshin-ryu, an ancient Jujutsu style (the Japanese martial art Judo and Aikido originate from), was impressed by Okinawa’s Karate. Otsuka observed that Karate used techniques, which were missing in Jujutsu, and viceversa. So, in 1922, he started studying it with the idea to merge their techniques and to apply the principles of Jujutsu to Karate. Wado-ryu is the result of that merging.

The influence of Jujutsu makes Wado a style characterized by speed and flexibility and based on the principle of non-contraposition (ju): while the other karate schools try to block the blows from the opponent to curb the energy, Wado-ryu aims at using the opponent’s strength at one’s own benefit, without blocking it, to blow it back (by dodging, offsetting, throwing, etc…). Furthermore, Wado seeks to reach power by being fast and precise, and by eliminating all unnecessary movements (mudana dosa). This style develops flexibility, speed and capacity of moving smoothly, and teaches how to generate power through techniques and to minimize the use of brute force at the benefit of the very dynamic intelligence.

There is no pre-determined age, it changes from person to person. Usually, it is possible to start from four years old onwards with a preparatory training. Children are coached to learning and developing the so-called basic motor schemes. From five/six years of age, children can start training Wado-ryu Karate.

Of course, you can. Wado-ryu is a flexible and fluid style that is learned by following gradual steps and that prefers natural positions and movements of the body. So, it is highly indicated for all people of all age bands and conditions.

Today, the mostly practiced karate style is sports. The aim of sports karate is to succeed in competitions. The aim of the original (traditional) karate is, on the contrary, martial, that is to increase self-defence and self-awareness abilities not only as far as the body is concerned, but also the heart, developing skills, self-confidence, respect and discipline. This does not mean that if we practice traditional karate, we cannot cultivate sports karate. Like Hironori Otsuka, the founder of Wado-ryu, used to say, the authentic spirit of sport has several points of contact with the spirit of martial arts. Competitions, especially for the younger people, may be a healthy opportunity for having fun, for finding inputs and for comparing with one another. But for us sport will always be at the service of martial art, never the opposite. The key goal of Wado-ryu is not to win medals rather to achieve the highest ability, effectiveness and harmony between body and mind, thus encouraging the true and useful human development of all students.

Yes, it can, and has scientific-based evidence. The practice of Wado-ryu is therapeutic for hyperactive children or for children with an attention deficit disorder. According to an American study published by the International Journal of Offender Therapy in 2007, a considerable improvement was observed in children who practice Wado-ryu karate as regards the intensity, adaptability and ability to control the emotional states. According to the authors, practicing Wado-ryu may be a valid therapeutic resource for various issues during the developmental age and teenage, such as behavioural disorders, aggressiveness, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, social phobia, as well as anxiety and depression disorders.

The naturalness and fluidity of its techniques make Wado a powerful tool for fitness in adulthood, and develop joint mobility, improve response times and all levels of general and specific ability. Moreover, like every karate style, Wado also provides for powerful training of the mind at the advantage of the level of attention. All useful elements in daily life (e.g. when you drive). Moreover, practicing bare-foot reinforces the plantar venous pump at the benefit of the entire heart and circulatory system, and the natural approach actually offers similar results to postural gymnastics. All this by learning a martial art.

Our coaches

WKSI – JKF Wado-kai is a large community of students, instructors and coaches who perform at international level and foster the sharing and exchange of knowledge.

Maurizio Paradisi

Born in 1961, I pursued the black belt with Ivo De Santis sensei and Yutaka Toyama sensei in 1982.

Giuseppe Carloni

Born in 1967, I pursued the black belt with Ivo De Santis Sensei and Yutaka Toyama Sensei in 1985.

Giuseppe Serino

Born in 1963, I pursued the black belt with Ivo De Santis Sensei and Yutaka Toyama Sensei in 1985.

Alfredo Cassia

Born in 1958, I pursued the black belt with Ivo De Santis Sensei and Yutaka Toyama Sensei in 1980.

Massimo Maroni

Born in 1955, black belt in 1985. I do not only practice karate, but also Jujutsu, Tambo jutsu and Aiki Jutsu.

Roberto Di Rocco

Born in 1966, practicing since 1976 and black belt since 1985. I am a Karate master and sports educator.

Luigi Francella

Born in 1959, I received the black belt from Ivo De Santis Sensei and Yutaka Toyama Sensei in 1985.

Stefano Rossi

Born in 1959, black belt since 1980, I studied with the masters Ivo De Santis and Yutaka Toyama.

Laura Rosella

Born in 1976, sports karate athlete first, then I went on to study traditional karate. Black belt since 1992.

Riccardo Rita

Born in 1971, karate instructor and sports educator, I pursued the black belt in 1984 with Yutaka Toyama.

Marco Mutascio

Milan. Born in 1958, karate coach, I started practicing in 1987 and pursued the black belt in 1993.

Giovanni Iacoboni

Abruzzo. Born in 1977, I started practicing the art of Karate in 1987, obtaining the 1st dan black belt in 1997.

WKSI – Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai. Wado-ryu Spirit.

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