Last Update : 5/23/24

This is the home page of "Japan Karatedo Federation Wado-Kai".

About Wado-kai Karatedo World Cup 2025

Dear Wadokai members around the world,

The Executive Committee of the Wadokai General Headquarters has decided to hold the Wadokai World Cup 2025 at the Nippon Budokan in August 2025, as shown in the annex. Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could let us know how many people from your branch can participate.

survey_wwc2025 (pdf file)

Thank you for your cooperation.

Masato Watanabe
Secretary General JKF Wado-Kai

Regarding FY2023 (Reiwa 5) High Dan Grading Examination

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2024
Venue: Toshima-ku Ikebukuro Sports Center, 8th floor Martial Arts Hall

Time: The time varies depending on Dan.
6 Dan
Registration starts at 9:30
Examination starts at 10:00
7 Dan
Registration starts at 12:50
Examination starts at 13:20
8 Dan
Registration starts at 15:30
Examination starts at 15:50

All examinations are scheduled to be held during the above-mentioned times. Examinees should be careful not to make any mistakes regarding the times. The examinations will be conducted privately. Please note that there may be slight changes depending on the number of examinees.

Fees and expenses:
Examination fee
10,000 yen (please pay at reception on the day of the examination)

Registration fee
Applicants who pass the examination should pay the registration fee shown in the table below to the headquarters.

Table of eligibility criteria for practical skill examination for 6, 7 and 8 Dan
Dan grade Eligibility Registration fee
6 Dan 5 Dan for 3 years or more and 35 years old or above 40,000 yen
7 Dan 6 Dan for 5 years or more and 40 years old or above 50,000 yen
8 Dan 7 Dan for 7 years or more and 50 years old or above 60,000 yen

How to apply:
Fill out the application form and send it to the headquarters.

Application form: High Dan Grading Examination (docx file)

*Deadline for application: Friday, March 15, 2024 (must arrive directly at the headquarters)

Please make advance arrangements for those taking the examination during the relevant time period between each reception and the start of the examination. Please note that depending on the number of examinees, you may have to wait for some time. Please pay attention to the announcement at reception.

ARAKAWA STANLY WADOKAI Dojo in INDIA has resumed training

On 5th of September 2020, the ARAKAWA STANLY WADOKAI Dojo resumed training as per the rules and regulations of government of Tamil Nadu State and Indian subcontinent.

The capital city of Tamilnadu State in Indian subcontinent became the headquarters of India as late Renshi Stanly cruz brought it to India after extensive years of training with Hanshi Toru ARAKAWA in Japan.

It all begun in the year 1980s when Renshi Stanly Cruz begun his training with the great teacher Hanshi Toru Arakawa. He was specially trained by sensei Maeda and sensei Nishimura.

Renshi Stanly Cruz travelled to Japan after getting his cultural visa and trained extensively with his heart and soul and took WADOKAI to India.

In india it started as a small Dojo with 20 students now it has branched with its branch in Tamilnadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Gujarat and so on, now the total strength of the dojo has crossed over 1000 students and is still growing.

After the demise of Renshi Stanly Cruz in the year 2016 JKF headquarters had appointed me Donald Tyson 5th Dan JKF as the the style Chief as I was nominated as the Chief by all students in India.

Now we have daily classes in Chennai dojo, evening classes in the week days and morning classes on week ends.

I am leading With the blessings, support and extensive Training from sensei Koichi Shimura and many teachers from Tokyo. I'm now working hard to increase the number of JKF black belts in india.

My aim is to teach real Wadokai karate. I am bringing maximum number of students to Japan and get them certified with JKF. I hope the number of students that I bring will increase in the years to come.

Donald Tyson

To Wado Association Overseas Branch Chief,

Re: Request regarding Dan grading examination
at the Wadokai Overseas Branch

  1. When conducting a Dan grading examination, make sure to check the qualification expiration date of the examiners who are in charge of the examination.
    The renewal should be done at the JKF Wadokai once every three years.
    The JKF Wadokai checks the expiration date of the examiners entered in the practical exam grade application form.
  2. After completing the examination, the examiner who signs the practical exam grade application must type or PRINT his/her name in the signature box with a handwritten signature because the technical committee cannot read the handwritten signature.
  3. After completing the examination, as soon as the practical exam grade application form is completed, please submit it to the JKF Wadokai Headquarters together with the membership registration application form. Unless there are special reasons, applications will not be accepted if it exceeds 6 months from the examination date. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Shunsuke Yanagida,
JKF Wadokai technical committee Chairman

Renshikan Dojo in Switzerland has resumed training

On June 6th, the Renshinkan Dojo resumed training due to the deregulation of assembly regulations by the Swiss government.

The small town of Weinfelden in Eastern Switzerland is the headquarters of the Dojo and Japan Wado Kai Brunch Renshin Kan.This dojo was founded in 1978.

For many years it has been managed by Roberto Danubio Sensei and his wife Eveline. While Eveline Danubio sometimes works as a nurse in an old age center, Roberto Sensei is a karate professional teacher and can be found daily in the dojo.

"I have turned my passion into my job", says the Swiss karate teacher with Italian origin. "It's a nice feeling to teach karate," he continues.

He was always fascinated by karate martial arts and Japanese culture. He currently teaches over 180 students every week, many of whom are children from the age of 5. The parents in Switzerland appreciate the karate philosophy of Roberto Sensei, they are enthusiastic about the discipline and the educational concept. For many, karate is a life training that children can benefit from for a lifetime.

"It takes a lot of patience to teach children," says Eveline Danubio, "but it is also a great pleasure to see how they develop positively through karate." The adult students attend classes three times a week, "we often train at the weekend too," says Roberto Sensei, "we are fortunate to have our own dojo so that we can train at any time," he continues.

The Renshin Kan Dojo maintains close contact with the Japan Wado kai and its masters. "My karate was strongly influenced by the Japanese wado ryu masters," says Roberto. For the past 10 years he has been a student of Shingo Ohgami Sensei, who unfortunately passed away last year.

He often travels to Japan to continue his education. In Japan, he often trained with Takagi Sensei, who had a strong technical influence on him. In the many years in which he visited Japan not only student-teacher relationships developed, but also friendships that are cultivated regularly.

In 2009 Danubio Sensei published a technical book about Wado Ryu Karate. Since then he has often taught in various European countries. "I am happy if I can pass on my knowledge and pass on the idea of the Japan Wado kai".

Autor Roberto Danubio
7th Dan JKF Wado Kai

Announcement: About Dan-grading Examinations for the 6th/7th/8th Dan

Dear everyone,

This coming March 8th, 2020, the JKF WADO-KAI Technical Committee, as the sponsor, had planned to hold the Dan-grading Examinations for the 6th/7th/8th Dan. However, the novel influenza, the coronavirus, is presently spreading around the world, mainly in Asia.

The media and other outlets have reported that dozens of persons have become ill even here in Tokyo and, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, have urged citizens to voluntarily restrain themselves from participating in gatherings.

Moreover, the Technical Committee received notification even from the Japan Karatedo Federation[JKF] that they consider the present situation to be a state of emergency and are directing relevant parties to spread information on countermeasures to prevent the spread of infection.

Even the JKF WADO-KAI will follow the directive and will cancel the judging event that was scheduled to be held on March 8th.

PS. The JKF WADO-KAI Technical Committee will examine whether to hold an alternate judging event and requests everyone's cooperation.

February 20th, 2020

JKF Wado-kai Technical Committee
Shunsuke Yanagita, Chairman

[July 7th, 2017]

To JKF WADO-KAI overseas branches
Dear Friends,

This is about the partial revision of the WADO-KAI Overseas Regulations

WADO-KAI would like to show their appreciation to all of the non-Japanese WADO-KAI members for their compliance with the WADO-KAI Overseas Regulations, created on July 27th 2002, and thank them for their large contributions to their development.
However, subject to the decision of the JKF WADO-KAI board, we have removed the following items within article 9 of the regulations (Standards for establishing the country headquarters) part 1, "Any country containing more than two branches may establish a country headquarters.".
It will be reported that the abolition of the headquarters was decided by the International Department of the WADO-KAI Group. Accordingly, correspondence regarding the WADO-KAI Headquarters in the future (such as branch registration, member registration, promotion registration, etc.) will now be dealt with directly by the WADO-KAI branch in each country, with the cooperation of JKF WADO-KAI.

We hope to continue the development of Wado Karate around the world with your cooperation.

JKF WADO-KAI Headquarters
Yoshinori Matsui, Chairman
Seiji Kondo, International Director

Event Calendar for 2024 updated


Wado-Kai New Executives 2017-2018


Greetings from President


Our Bank Account for the remittance from overseas has been changed.
The detail is on the page of Table of Fee.

What's Wado-Kai

History of Wado-Kai

Overseas Regulations
Table of Fees
Event calendar
Wado-Kai Goods

Mr. Masaru Shintani and his groups acting under the name of Wado-Kai in Canada are never affiliated with JKF Wado-Kai.