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Hironori Otsuka
About Wado-Kai Karate


We practice a traditional style of karate called 'Wado-Kai' meaning 'Way of Peace'. Karate helps build co-ordination, agility, strength and poise. The confidence gained through training helps foster a strong positive self image. Wado karate is one of the 'softer' styles, meaning that it does not rely so heavily on phyiscal strength, making it accessible to students of all ages.


Hironori Otsuka 10th Dan (left – born 1892 - died 1982) was a Japanese master of karate who created the Wado-ryu style. He was the first Grand Master of Wado-ryu karate, and received high awards within Japan for his contributions to karate.


At the heart of Wado karate is the goal of self improvement. Students are not judged against their peers, but by their own progress. Because of this, no one is too old, young or unfit to start. All techniques are controlled and the training is progressive, so beginners can train without fear of injury.


Loughton Wado-Kai Karate Club provides a safe, friendly and fun environment for all whilst supporting and encouraging students of all ages and abilities (age 6 upwards). The club is also a member of England Wado-Kai Karate-Do Renmei. England Wado-Kai aims to promote traditional Wado-Kai Karate technical values, etiquette and respect. The organisation supports regional groups in the North, Midlands and South of England and boasts a membership of almost 30 clubs and provides access to courses and competitions at national and international levels. It is also a member of Karate England and is affiliated to the Federation of Wado-Kai Europe and to JKF Wado-Kai Japan.

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