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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 offers a secure, welcoming, and enjoyable environment for individuals of all ages and skill levels (starting from age 6). As a proud member of England Wado-Kai Karate-Do Renmei, the club aligns with the organization's mission to uphold the traditional values, etiquette, and respect inherent in Wado-Kai Karate. England Wado-Kai actively supports regional groups across the North, Midlands, and South of England, boasting an extensive membership of nearly 30 clubs. This affiliation provides members with opportunities to participate in courses and competitions at both national and international levels.

Furthermore, the club is a member of Karate England and maintains affiliations with the Federation of Wado-Kai Europe and JKF Wado-Kai Japan, demonstrating its commitment to a broad and interconnected karate community.

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