What is Wado-Ryu?
Founded by Hironori Ohtsuka, Wado-Ryu is recognized as the first truly Japanese style of Karate, as opposed to other styles of karate which were introduced to Japan from Okinawa around 1922. Known as the way of peace, Wado-Ryu developed entirely on the mainland of Japan as Karate and Jujutsu Kempo.
Ohtsuka Sensei adopted the good points of several styles including Shotokan Karate, Shinto-Yoshin-Ryu, Yagyu-Shinkage-Ryu of long swordsmanship techniques, and Toda Ryu of short sword techniques. He borrowed the best aspects from each discipline to create his own style, which emphasized natural movements that flowed like water.
For even more information on the history and practice of Wado-Ryu Karate, refer to the website of the US Eastern Wado Federation. O'Riley Karate Center dojos are a part of this organization dedicated to the promotion of Wado-Ryu karate.
belt levels and rank
Wado-Ryu karate has belt colors that are earned at different levels of experience. Below first degree black belt, or shodan, are the kyu grades. Students begin as a white belt. Black belt, or dan, levels start once a student has worked through the kyu grades. Shodan is first degree black belt, and the first true ranks a practioner holds.
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