Japan Wado-Kai is an internationally recognized organization performing within JKF – Japan Karatedo Federation, the Karate federation of the Japanese Olympic Committee, as well as of WKF – World Karate Federation.
It is composed of 1,350 branches across Japan and of about 250 groups outside Japan, some of which, like WKSI, are officially registered as branches. JKF Wado-Kai currently counts over 850,000 members all over the world. 180,000 are black belts.
Differently to other Wado-ryu organizations that are often private family-managed associations, JKF Wado-Kai is acknowledged and regulated at State and international level to ensure the highest teaching and training standards.
The Technical Committee of JKF Wado-Kai, led by Hideho Takagi Sensei 8th DAN, is in charge of defining the technical frameworks all over the world, establishing the standards, planning seminars in Japan and appraising the technical level achieved by each branch.
I have inaugurated as a president of Wado-kai at the recommendation of persons concerned. I am keenly aware of the responsibility, and also I would like to appreciate your support and encouragement. As same as a man, Wado-kai has the history which has started from a former head quarter dojo at Sanko Kensetsu office. With the great mentor Sensei Hironori Otsuka, Wado-kai has developed among local dojos, university, and high school karate club until today. I would like to express great respect to successive presidents and all of members of Wado-kai. Karate is a sport and also one kind of martial arts that everyone can learn anytime anywhere. It has been spread all over the world nowadays, as Wadokai annual championships at Nippon Budokan became an international event. Let’s go together for our future with the motto “Spread karate for world peace”. Lastly, I would like to send my best wishes for Wado-kai and all of Wado friends.
President of JKF Wado-kai