Category: Wado-ryu

Mary Stevens

A good martial artist is a good learner in all different environments. Mary Stevens A practical martial artist teaching self-protection, a club owner, a writer, and a charity worker, Mary Stevens wears many hats. She espouses a clear delineation between martial arts and self-protection as taught today. Mary Stevens was born on 1 November 1971 …

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Seiji Nishimura

True Karate-Do it’s not strictly for technique but for developing your mind. Karate is for life. It is a way of life, a way of thinking. Seiji Nishimura Having a competitive career second to none, Seiji Nishimura is one of Japan’s most successful, kumite competitors, spanning over an eight-year period. Being both a Wado-Ryu and …

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Koji Takamatsu

One of Wado-Ryu founder’s, Hironori Ohtsuka’s original students, Koji Takamatsu was a pioneer of Wado-Ryu Karate in Brazil. Koji Takamatsu was born in Kakogawa, Japan on 21 December 1930. Takamatsu began practicing Wado-Ryu Karate in 1948, when he attended the University of Agriculture, in Tokyo. He was a student of Ohtsuka at the University’s Karate …

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Jim Collins

Kata is very important especially for someone like me who is coaching full-time. I have to be able to offer my students everything. I started to concentrate on my kata to help me teach it and I thoroughly enjoy it and I believe it plays a very important part in your training. Jim Collins The …

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Patricia Duggin

We need more recognition of our past athletes to keep them around in Karate and utilise their talents and skills – so many of them just seem to disappear. Patricia Duggin A pioneer of women’s competitive Karate in the United Kingdom, Patricia Duggin won around 53 medals at European and World level, in a 14-year …

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Cecil Patterson

You don’t train for speed, you train for technique. Once technique is perfected, speed will come. Cecil Patterson A pioneer of Wado-Ryu Karate in the United States, Cecil Patterson is credited with introducing this style of Karate into the United States. He was one of the first non-Japanese graded to black belt in Wado-Ryu. Cecil …

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Toru Arakawa

There are so many different cultures and ideas, how can one say a Frenchman follow along with an American and do things exactly the same way. If I have to give advice, it would be to Japanese teachers living abroad – I hope they don’t try to teach the same way in which they teach …

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Kuniaki Sakagami

To me kata is very important, I know some people ignore or don’t even practice kata, but I do not think this is the right way, because kata teaches you speed, balance, and coordination. Kuniaki Sakagami Known as a top instructor, Kuniaki Sakagami was born in Toyohashi, Japan in 1944. Sakagami began learning Wado–ryu Karate …

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Hiroo Mochizuki

It is not my role to give advice, but if I had to do it I would say that is good to try to broaden your vision on a technical and mental level. Break the shell, do not remain partitioned. Watching only is useless. Hiroo Mochizuki Hiroo Mochizuki was the first Japanese instructor to teach …

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Doug James

I see kata as something for developing the individual and that if that person performs the moves in a certain way and is happy, providing it is within the overall guidelines of the kata I see nothing wrong with some deviation. Doug James Considered one of the cornerstones of British Karate, Doug James has been …

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