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Categories of the Wado-kai Karatedo World Cup 2022 in Tokyo

Dear Wado-Kai members all over the world,

At present, people in the whole world are suffering from pandemic COVID-19. Under such circumstances, however, I hope our Wado-kai members are striving to work hard at practicing Karate.

As you might be aware, 2021 Tokyo Olympic games are to be held without audience, and the Wado-Kai World Cup 2022 will be held in August next year. I hope the existing Covid-19 pandemic will be stamped out by that time.

A list of the detailed essential requirements for the events will be sent to each Wadokai member branches in September this year. In view of prior preparation, I will let you know the items of the event in the following.

Categories of Wado-kai World Cup 2022 in Tokyo
1) Cadet (ages: 14-15) Kumite: Male 2 persons, Female 2 persons
Kata: Male 2 persons, Female 2 persons
2) Junior (ages: 16-17) Kumite: Male 2 persons, Female 2 persons
Kata: Male 2 persons, Female 2 persons
3) a. Master M. (ages: 50-59) Kumite: Male 2 persons
b. Master M. (ages: 60-) Kumite: Male 2 persons
c. Master F. (ages: 45-49) Kumite: Female 2 persons
d. Master F. (ages: 50-) Kumite: Female 2 persons
e. Master M. (ages: 50-) Kata: Male 2 persons
f. Master F. (ages: 45-) Kata: Male 2 persons

The 1 - 3) categories are for team competitions, to be competed among Wado-kai registered-branch teams. Therefore, every branch can enter with 2 males and 2 females for Kumite or/and Kata competition.

4) Senior (male, female: ages 18 and over)
  Male-, -60kg, -67kg, -75kg, -84kg, +84kg, (5 categories)
  Female-, -50kg, -55kg, -61kg, -68kg, +68kg, (5 categories)
*Kata: Male, Female,

The above 4) categories are for individual competitions. Every country can make entry with the maximum number of 2 athletes for each category, (Each country is expected to select 2 athletes for each category).

5) Country-Team Competitions
Male team; 5 persons for 1 team
Female team; 3 persons for 1 team
Only 1 team from 1 country can make an entry. (Each country is expected to select its representative athletic members to form a country-team to enter.)

Please see the file below for information on whether or not you can participate, or if you have any questions.
*Please let us know by the end of July 2021 whether you will participate or not.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

JKF Wado-Kai World Cup 2022 Tokyo Executive Committee.
Secretary General Koichi Shimura

JOEN MAWASHI Branch Dojo in Finland has resumed training

Due to COVID-19, the sports hall in Joensuu was closed from mid-March until the end of May. From the beginning of June, some of the members slowly started to show up at the Dojo and by September, more and more people resumed their normal training.

Joen Mawashi karate club was founded already back in 1975 when karate started becoming hugely popular in Finland. Many karate clubs were founded in the 70's and 80's almost everywhere in the southern half of Finland. Joen Mawashi was registered as a JKF Wado-Kai Branch Dojo in 2010.

Joen Mawashi Branch Dojo is located in Joensuu, a small town in Eastern Finland. The Joensuu region was fairly COVID-19-free for quite some time. Recently, the number of infections has increased alarmingly. “Hopefully, the situation doesn't become so bad that the sports hall will have to be closed again”, says Niko Utriainen, the Branch Manager of Joen Mawashi. “I have noted a drop in the number of participants at national seminars and even some events have had to be cancelled. People are cautious, which of course, is not a bad thing”, he continues.

Niko currently teaches beginners at Joen Mawashi Branch Dojo. He also teaches at several national seminars all around in Finland. This September, 15 new students enrolled in the Branch Dojo. “Considering the current situation, I was surprised how many new students came to our karate classes”, Niko says. The Dojo has around 150 members, about half of whom are children. Several instructors take care of teaching various groups at the Dojo.

Even though Niko has been training in karate for over 20 years now, he hasn't turned teaching into his profession. Instead, he is working in ICT field. “I might not find it so enjoyable if I had to earn my living as a karate teacher”, he says. “However, I love to teach. Working with a variety of different people is challenging and I consider teaching to be very valuable for your personal development”, Niko continues.

The Finnish Wado-Kai community tries to regularly attend the seminars taught by Japanese Wado-Kai masters domestically and abroad. Finland, like several other European countries, are in debt to Shingo Ohgami sensei, who unfortunately passed away in 2019. Ohgami sensei was based in Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, so therefore access to sensei was quite easy.

In the future, after the COVID-19 situation has eased, the Finnish Wado-kai community is looking forward to inviting Shimura sensei and other masters from Japan to teach at seminars in Finland.

Let's stay safe and healthy!

Niko Utriainen
6th dan JKF Wado-Kai

Explaining Gyaku-zuki

Beginner students practicing Gyaku-zuki

Correcting Jun-zuki

Announcement: About Technical Seminar & Examination for Instructors
and Dan-grading Examinations for Overseas Members

Dear everyone,

Technical Seminar & Examination for Instructors and Dan-grading Examinations for Overseas Members scheduled to be held in February 2021, has been cancelled.

October 8th, 2020

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 2020 updated


Wado-Kai New Executives 2017-2018


Greetings from President


Our Bank Account for the remittance from overseas has been changed.
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