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Wado-Ryu is a Karate style. It was developed after studying the Samurai martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and Shotokan. This combination gives Wado-Ryu a much softer and more natural approach to self-protection


Translation: Wa –“harmony”, do –“way”, ryu –“style”
Literal Translation: “way of peace” or “way of harmony”
Origin: Japan


Wado-Ryu was developed by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei after studying the Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu and Shotokan. Ohtsuka Sensei’s original intention with this martial art was to focus it towards a way of solving problems in a non-violent way. Originally this style was registered under the name of “Shinshu Wadoryu Karate-Jiu-jitsu” but soon after it was shortened to “Wado-ryu”.



Wado-ryu may be considered a style of Japanese kartate but it did receive a lot of influence from Jiu-jitsu. Wado-ryu may translate to mean “way of harmony” but that does not mean it is absent of violence, but that sometimes yielding is more effective than brute strength. One of the key principles is tai sabaki. This term translates as “body management” and refers to manipulating the body to move the defender and attacker out of harm’s way. In Wado-ryu they teach you to ‘move along’ rather than ‘move against’ producing a sort of ‘harmony’.



Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Association | Wado_ryu wikipedia


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