The Ancient History of the Worlds Largest Martial Art
Some of the earliest origins of karate have been traced to the island of Okinawa in the Ryukyu Island chain. It is thought that a native style of self-defense developed hereread more
Sensei Hironori Otsuka (Jun. 1, 1892 - Jan. 29, 1982).
Otsuka Sensei was born June 1, 1892, in Shimodate, Japan, where his father, Dr. Tokujiro Otsuka, operated a clinic. As a boy he he listened to a samurairead more
Masaru Shintani Sensei (Feb. 3, 1927 - May 7, 2000).
Masaru Shintani Sensei, 9th Dan (Kudan) was a direct student of Ostuka Sensei (the founder of Wado Kai Karate) and the founder of the Shintani Wado Kai Karateread more
Wado Kai Karate Federation
Shintani Wado Kai
Founded by Masaru Shintani Sensei in 1966, the SWKKF is one of the largest martial arts organization of a single style in North America. Current registered membership is...read more
Federation of North America
"This is my Life."
~ Masaru Shintani
Shindo was devised by Shintani Sensei, 9th Dan in the early 1970's. Sensei had made the Shindo methods and principles known to Otsuka Sensei who gave it his full endorsement.read more
HATCHIDAN (8th degree)
President of the S.W.K.K.F.
Labbe Sensei began karate in 1972 in Welland, Ontario. He attended a demonstration by Shintani Sensei and was immediately impressed with his skill and presence.read more
GOOD REASONS TO PRACTISE KARATE
Often within our karate federation students refer to the group as "family". Our organization is based around the principals; honour, duty and respect, which is the recipe for building lifelong strong relationships similar to those of a family. Our schools offer unconditional support and acceptance for students of all ages and abilities.
Maintain A Healthy Mind and Body
The health benefits of practicing karate are very evident in regards to physical health, yet equally important, karate training is a cornerstone of building and maintaining a healthy mind. In today's world, the tools developed through training to deal with stress and maintain focused concentration & confidence will be more valuable and applicable to daily life than the physical technique for most students.....and it is nice to KNOW you are able to keep yourself, and those you care for safe from harm.
The Art of Karate
Karate can open your eyes to the rich and profound traditions and culture that have been preserved throughout centuries. By moving into the future, and keeping these ties to the past strong, we develop confident individuals who will be positive role models within the community.
Challenge & Compete with Yourself
Karate Kawartha Lakes operates with the credo "Dedicated to Individual Growth". This is an important concept for karate training, and will develop in all students. The ultimate aim of karate is in the perfection of the character of the participant. Through competition we realize our successes and challenges. Throughout training, you will meet many competitors in the dojo, or in the competition ring, yet you will come to realize, the only person you get to compete with is yourself.
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(High Block). Also
referred to as Jodan Uke.
Aka (Shiro) no Kachi
“Red (White) Wins!” The referee obliquely raises his arm on the side of the winner.
Aka (Shiro) Ippon
“Red (White) Scores Ippon.” The referee obliquely raises his arm on the side of the winner (as in NO KACHI).
Name given to all leg and foot techniques
Striking techniques that are normally used in conjunction with grappling and throwing techniques.
“Joined Hand Block”.
“U Punch”. also referred to as Morote tsuki.
Staff. A long pole used as a weapon (6 feet long).
“Martial Way.” The
Japanese character for “BU” (Martial) is derived from characters
meaning “stop” and (a weapon like a) “halberd”. In conjuction, then “BU” may have the
connotation to “stop the halberd”. There is an assumption that the best way to prevent violent conflict is to emphasize the cultivation of individual character. The way (DO) of Karate is thus equivalent to the way of BU, taken in this sense of preventing or avoiding
violence if possible.
A study of the techniques and applicaitons in KATA.
A punch to the
mid-section of the
“Level”, “Rank” or
“Degree” at Black Belt. Ranks under Black Belt are called KYU ranks.
“Way / Path”. In Karate the connotation is that of a way of attaining enlightenment or a way of improving one’s
Literally “Place of the Way”. Also “Place of
Enlightenment.” The place where we practice Karate. Traditional etiquette
prescribes bowing in the direction of the
designated front of the dojo (SHOMEN) whenever entering or leaving the dojo.
Domo Arigato Gozaimashita
Japanese for “Thank you very much”. At the end of each class, it is proper to bow and thank the instructor and those with whom you have trained.
Doi Ta Shimasu Te
“You are welcome”.
A wooden oar used by the Okinawans which was improvised as a weapon.
Floor pattern of a KATA.
“Elbow”, sometimes referred to as HIJI
“Stomp Kick”, usually applied ot the knee, shin, or instep of an opponent.
“Crane Stance”, sometimes referred to as TSURU ASHI DACHI and SAGI ASHI DACHI.
Gedan Ude Uke
“Low Forearm Block”.
A punch to the lower section of the opponent’s body
Training uniform. In Wado Kai, and in most other traditional Japanese and Okinawan Krate Dojo, the Gi must be white. The only markings allowed is the Wado Kai lettering on the left breast area.
Go no Sen
The tactic where one allows the opponent to attack first so to open up targets for counter attack.
Five step basic sparring. The attacker steps in five consecutive times with a striking techniques with each step. The defender steps back five times, blocking each technique. After the fifth block the defender executes a counter strike.
Gyaku Mawashi Geri
“Reverse Round House Kick”.
Natural stance, feet
positioned about one shoulder width apart, with feet pointed forward.
A strike with the back of the hand.
A block using the back of the hand.
“Ridge Hand Strike”.
“Begin”. A command given to start a given drill, kata, or kumite.
“Half Moon Stance”
“Master”. An honorary title given to the highest Black Belt of an
organization, signifying their understanding of the art.
Sweeping technique with the arm.
A natural stance. Feet positioned about one shoulder width apart, with feet pointed straight forward. Some Kata begin from this position.
“Parallel Pundh” (A double, simultaneous punch).
An informal attention stance. Feet are together and pointed straight forward.
Techniques used after OYO WAZA is applied. HENKA WAZA is varied and many, dependant on the given condition.
“Elbow”, also known as Empi.
A blocking action using the elbow.
The retracting (pulling and twisting) arm during a technique. It gives the balance of power to the forward moving
technique. It can also be used as a pulling
technique after a grab, or a strike backward with the elbow.
Hitosashi Ippon Ken
A blocking action using the knee.
A term used to refer to the central dojo of an organization.
Horan no Kamai
“Egg in the Nest Ready Position”. A “ready”
position used in some KATA where the fist is
covered by the other hand.
“One Knuckle Fist”.
“One Step Sparring”.
A stabbing action using the extended index finger”
One point match, used in tournaments.
“Time”. Used in
Jiyu Ippon Kumite
“One step free sparring”. The
participants can attack with any technique
Wooden staff about 4’ - 5’ in length. The jo originated as a walking stick.
“Out of Bounds” Used in tournaments.
Victorious. (e.g., AKA no KACHI) in a tournament.
“Open hand”. This refers to the type of blow which is delivered with the open palm or other hand blows in which the fist is not fully clenched.
A two handed block using the outer surface of the wrist to neutralize a two-handed attack.
“Wrist joint strike”. Also known as KO UCHI.
“Wrist Joint Block”.
A posture or stance. Kamae may also
connote proper distance (Ma-ai) with respect to one’s opponent.
A command given by the instructor for students to get into position.
resuscitating people who have succumbed to a shock to the nervous system.
“The Way of Karate”. This implies not only the physical aspect of Karate, but also the mental and social aspects of Karate.
A practitioner of Karate.
A “form” or prescribed pattern of movement. (Also means “shoulder”)
“Snap” kick. (Literally, Kick upward.)
(1) Training. The only secret to success in Karate.
(2) “Joined Fingertips”
“Thrust” Kick. (Literally, Kick Into / Straight)
“Fist Law”. A generic term to describe fighting systems that use the fist. In this regard, Karate is also Kempo
A technique with silent KIAI. Related to
“Hammer Fist”. Also known as TETTSUI.
Keri / Geri
“Kick”. Also prnounced GERI.
Mind. Spirit. Energy. Vital Force. Intention. The definitions presented here are very general. KI is one word that cannot be translated directly into any language.
A shout delivered for the purpose of focusing all of one’s energy into a single movement. Even when audible KIAI are absent, one should try to preserve the feeling of KIAI at certian crucial points within Karate techniques. Manifestation of KI (simultaneous union of spirit and expression of physical strength).
Directly translates to “Horse Stance”.
“Basic Techniques”. Something which is
Focus of Power.
“Attention”. Musubi Dachi with open hands down both sides.
Ko Bo Ichi
The concept of “Attack - Defence Connection”.
“Wrist Joint Strike”. Also known as KAKUTO UCHI.
“Crane Block” or “Arch Block”. Same as Kakuto Uke.
A student junior to oneself.
“Spirit, Heart”. In
Japanese culture, the spirit dwells in the Heart.
A self-defense tool developed by Takayuki Kubota. This tool serves normally as a key chain.
A stance which has most of the weight to the back, referred to in English as “Back Stance”.
A method of resuscitating a person who has lost consciousness.
“Grade”. Rank below Shodan
Proper distancing from one’s partner.
Mae Ashi Geri
“Front Foot Kick”
Mae Geri Keage
“Front Snap Kick”
Mae Geri Kekomi
“Front Thrust Kick”
Forward fall or roll.
A feeling of absolute sincerity and total
frankness, which requires a mind free from pressure of events.
“Learning by imitating”. Studying by following and imitating the instructor.
A double block where one arm executes a GEDAN BARAAI to one side, while the other arm executes a JODAN UCHI UKE
Mawashi Hiji Ate
“Circular Elbow Strike”. Also referred to as MAWASHI EMPI UCHI.
A command given by the instructor for students to turn around - 1800
Meditation. Practice often begins or ends with a brief period of
meditation. The purpose of meditation is to clear one’s mind and to develop cognitive equanimity.
“U-Punch”. Punching with both fists. Also
referred to as AWASE ZUKI.
“Augmented Block”. One arm and fist support the other arm in a block.
Students without black-belt ranking.
“No Mind’. The state of being that allows freedom and flexibility to react and adapt to a given situation.
An attention stance with feet pointed slightly outward.
Naifanchi dachi“Straddle Stance”. Also referred to as NAIHANCHI DACHI.
“Returning Wave”. Foot technique found in Tekki Shodan to block an attack to the groin area.
Neko Ashi Dachi
“Cat Foot Stance”
Two finger stabbing
Second Level, as in
Second Degree Black Belt
An Okinawan weapon consisting of two sticks connected by rope or chain. This was originally used by the Okinawans as a farm tool to thrash rice straw.
“Lunge Punch”. A punch delivered by the front arm while stepping forward.
“I welcome you to train with me,” or literally, “I make a request”. This is said to one’s partner when initiating practice.
Otoshi Empi Uchi
An elbow strike by dropping the elbow. Also referred to as OTOSHI HIJI ATE.
Oyayubi Ippon Ken
Applications intepreted from techniques in Kata, implicated according to a given condition.
“Respect”. A method of showing respect in
Japanese culture is the bow. It is proper for the junior person to bow lower than the senior person.
Etiquette. Also referred to as REISHIKI. Observance of proper etiquette at all times (but especially observance of proper DOJO etiquette) is as much a part of one’s training as the practice of techniques. Observation of ettiquette indicates one’s sincerity, one’s
willingness to learn, and one’s recognition of the rights and interests of others.
A stance with feet making an “L” shape.
Practice Tournament. Competitors are critiqued on their performances.
“A person who has mastered oneself.” This person is considered an expert instructor. This status is prerequisite before attaining the status as Kyoshi
Sagi Ashi Dachi
One Leg Stance. Also referred to as GANKAKU DACHI or TSURU ASHI DACHI.
An Okinawan weapon that is shaped like the Greek letter Psi with the middle being much longer.
“Three Step Sparring”
Three Point Match. Used in tournaments.
Raising of the hand either to strike, grab or block.
“Bull Strike.” A hand technique delivered with the base of the SHUTO (Knife Hand).
A proper sitting
position. Sitting on one’s knees. Sitting this way requires acclimatization, but provides both a stable base and greater ease of movement than sitting cross-legged. It is used for the formal opening and closing of the class.
A Senior Student
Sen no Sen
Attacking at the exact moment when the
Teacher. It is usually considered proper to
address the instructor during class as “Sensei” rather than by his/ her name. If the instructor is a permanent instructor for one’s DOJO or for an
organization, it is proper to address him/her as “Sensei” outside class as well.
A match or contest
Formally recognized Instructor who has not yet been recognized as a Sensei.
A formal title
meaning, “Master Instructor” a “teacher of teachers”
“Square Stance”. A stance often used in
Goju-Ryu and Shito-Ryu
“Natural Position”. The body remains relaxed but alert.
Front or top of head. Also the designated front of a dojo.
“Knife Hand Block”
“Immovable Stance” Also referred to as Fudo Dachi
“Edge of Foot” This term is often used to refer to the side thrust kick.
Soto (ude) Uke
Outside (Forearm) Block.
“Techniques from a
Body movement / shifting. Also refers to hip rotation.
“Upward Elbow Strike”
“Vertical Punch.” A fist punch with the palm along a verticle plane.
A stance with the feet in a “T” shape.
“Palm Heel Strke”.
“Palm Heel Block”
“Hammer Strike”. Also called KENTSUI.
A farm tool developed into a weapon by the Okinawans
“Catching technique.” A blocking technique by seizing the opponent’s weapon, arm or leg. Used often for grappling techniques.
A punch or thrust.
Tsuru Ashi Dachi
“Crane Stance”, also referred to as GANKAKU DACHI and SAGI ASHI DACHI.
Uchi Mawashi Geri
“Inside Roundhouse Kick”
Uchi (Ude) Uke
“Inside (Forearm) Block
Upper Cut Punch
Ushiro Empi Uchi
Striking to the rear with the elbow.
“Mountain Punch”. A wide U-shaped dual punch
“Reset”. A term used by the instructor to have the students relax, normally following a long series of drills
Yoko Geri Keage
“Side Snap Kick”. Also referred to as YOKO
Yoko Geri Kekomi
“Side Thrust Kick”.
Yoko Empi Uchi
Striking with the elbow to the side.
Yoko Tobi Geri
“Flying Side Kick”.
Black Belt Holder (any rank)
“Remaining Mind/Heart.” Even after a
Karate tecnique has been copleted, one should remain in a balanced and aware state. ZANSHIN thus connotes “following through” in a technique, as well as preservation of one’s awareness so that one is prepared to respond to additional attacks.
The traditional Japanese bow from a kneeling position.
4 Shi (Yon)
7 Shichi (Nana)
100 - Hyaku
101 - Hyaku-Ichi
201 - Ni-Hyaku-Ichi
1000 - Sen (Zen)
10000 - Man
600 = “Ropp-Yaku”
800 = “Happ-Yaku”
8000 = “Ha-Sen”