Category Archives: Karate History

Hironori Otsuka Sensei

Sensei Hironori Otsuka - (Jun. 1, 1892 - Jan. 29, 1982). Master Hironori Otsuka was born June 1, 1892, in Shimodate, Japan, where his father, Dr. Tokujiro Otsuka, operated a clinic. As a boy he listened to a samurai warrior, his mother's uncle, tell thrilling stories of samurai exploits. This may well have been where…
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Sensei Masaru Shintani

Sensei Masaru Shintani - (Feb. 3, 1927 - May 7, 2000). Sensei Masaru Shintani, 10th Dan (Ju-dan) was a direct student of Sensei Ostuka (the founder of Wado Kai Karate) and the founder of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF). Sensei Masaru Shintani, 10th Dan (Ju-dan) was the Supreme Instructor of Wado Kai Karate…
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History of Karate

The Simple Beginnings That Would Turn into the 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 here called te, or hand in English. Okinawa is within close distance to the…
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