History of Our Karate



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 here

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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 samurai

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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 Karate

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Wado Kai Karate Federation

Shintani Wado Kai
Karate Federation

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...

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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.

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President SWKKF

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.

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Karate Community

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.








Karate Terminology

Age Uke
Rising Block.
(High Block). Also
referred to as Jodan Uke.

Age Tsuki
Rising Punch.

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).

Ashi Barai
Foot Sweep.

Ashi Waza
Name given to all leg and foot techniques

Atemi Waza
Striking techniques that are normally used in conjunction with grappling and throwing techniques.

Awase Uke
“Joined Hand Block”.

Awase Tsuki
“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.

Choku Tsuki
“Straight Punch”.


Chudan Tsuki
A punch to the
mid-section of the
opponent’s body.

“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
character through
traditional training.

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.

Gankaku Dachi
“Crane Stance”, sometimes referred to as TSURU ASHI DACHI and SAGI ASHI DACHI.

Lower Section.

Gedan Baarai
“Downward Block”.

Gedan Ude Uke
“Low Forearm Block”.

Gedan Zuki
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.

Gohon Kumite
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”.

Gyaku Tsuki
“Reverse Punch”.

Hachiji Dachi
Natural stance, feet
positioned about one shoulder width apart, with feet pointed forward.


Haishu Uchi
A strike with the back of the hand.

Haishu Uke
A block using the back of the hand.

Haito Uchi
“Ridge Hand Strike”.

“Begin”. A command given to start a given drill, kata, or kumite.

Hangetsu Dachi
“Half Moon Stance”

“Master”. An honorary title given to the highest Black Belt of an
organization, signifying their understanding of the art.

Harai te
Sweeping technique with the arm.

Harai Waza
“Sweeping Techniques”

Heiko Dachi
A natural stance. Feet positioned about one shoulder width apart, with feet pointed straight forward. Some Kata begin from this position.

Heiko Tsuki
“Parallel Pundh” (A double, simultaneous punch).

Heisoku Dachi
An informal attention stance. Feet are together and pointed straight forward.

Henka Waza
Techniques used after OYO WAZA is applied. HENKA WAZA is varied and many, dependant on the given condition.


“Elbow”, also known as Empi.

Hiji Atemi
“Elbow Strikes”

Hiji Uke
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
“Forefinger Knuckle”.

Hiza Geri
“Knee Kick”.

Hiza Uke
A blocking action using the knee.

Hombu Dojo
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.

Ippon Ken
“One Knuckle Fist”.

Ippon Kumite
“One Step Sparring”.

Ippon Nukite
A stabbing action using the extended index finger”

Ippon Shobu
One point match, used in tournaments.

“Time”. Used in

Jiyu Ippon Kumite
“One step free sparring”. The
participants can attack with any technique
whenever ready.

Jiyu Kumite
“Free Sparring”.

Wooden staff about 4’ - 5’ in length. The jo originated as a walking stick.
Upper Level.

“Out of Bounds” Used in tournaments.

Juji Uke
“X” Block.

Victorious. (e.g., AKA no KACHI) in a tournament.

Kagi Tsuki
“Hook Punch”.

“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.

“Hook Block”.

A two handed block using the outer surface of the wrist to neutralize a two-handed attack.

Kakushi Waza
Hidden Techniques

Kakuto Uchi
“Wrist joint strike”. Also known as KO UCHI.

Kakuto Uke
“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.

Techniques of
resuscitating people who have succumbed to a shock to the nervous system.

“Empty Hand”.

“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).

Kiba Dachi
“Straddle Stance”.
Directly translates to “Horse Stance”.

“Basic Techniques”. Something which is

Focus of Power.

“Attention”. Musubi Dachi with open hands down both sides.

Kizami Tsuki
“Jab Punch”.

Ko Bo Ichi
The concept of “Attack - Defence Connection”.

Ko Uchi
“Wrist Joint Strike”. Also known as KAKUTO UCHI.

Ko Uke
“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.

“Wrist Joint”

Kokutsu Dachi
A stance which has most of the weight to the back, referred to in English as “Back Stance”.

Kosa dachi
“Crossed-Leg Stance”


A method of resuscitating a person who has lost consciousness.

“Bear Hand”

“Grade”. Rank below Shodan

Kyusho Waza
“Pressure Point

Proper distancing from one’s partner.


Mae Ashi Geri
“Front Foot Kick”

Mae Geri Keage
“Front Snap Kick”

Mae Geri Kekomi
“Front Thrust Kick”

Mae Ukemi
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.

Manji Uke
A double block where one arm executes a GEDAN BARAAI to one side, while the other arm executes a JODAN UCHI UKE


Mawashi Geri
“Roundhouse Kick”.

Mawashi Zuki
“Roundhouse Punch”.

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


Mikazuki Geri
“Crescent Kick”

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.

Morote Zuki
“U-Punch”. Punching with both fists. Also
referred to as AWASE ZUKI.

Morote Uke
“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.

Musubi Dachi
An attention stance with feet pointed slightly outward.

Nagashi Uki
“Deflecting Block”.

Naifanchi dachi“Straddle Stance”. Also referred to as NAIHANCHI DACHI.

Nami Gaeshi
“Returning Wave”. Foot technique found in Tekki Shodan to block an attack to the groin area.

Neko Ashi Dachi
“Cat Foot Stance”

Nihon Nukite
Two finger stabbing

Second Level, as in
Second Degree Black Belt

Nidan Geri
“Double Kick”

“Spear Hand”

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.

Onegai Shimasu
“I welcome you to train with me,” or literally, “I make a request”. This is said to one’s partner when initiating practice.

Osae Uke
“Pressing Block”

Otoshi Empi Uchi
An elbow strike by dropping the elbow. Also referred to as OTOSHI HIJI ATE.

Oyayubi Ippon Ken
“Thumb Knuckle”

Oyo Waza
Applications intepreted from techniques in Kata, implicated according to a given condition.

“Peaceful Mind”

“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.

Reinoji Dachi
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.

Sanbon Kumite
“Three Step Sparring”

Sanbon Shobu
Three Point Match. Used in tournaments.

Sanchin Dachi
“Hour-glass Stance”.

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
opponent attacks.

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

Assistant Instrutor.
Formally recognized Instructor who has not yet been recognized as a Sensei.

A formal title
meaning, “Master Instructor” a “teacher of teachers”

Shiko Dachi
“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.

Shuto Uke
“Knife Hand Block”

Sochin Dachi
“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.

Tsukui Uke
“Scooping Block”

Tsuwari Waza
“Techniques from a
sitting position”

Tai Sabaki
Body movement / shifting. Also refers to hip rotation.

Tate Empi
“Upward Elbow Strike”

Tate Zuki
“Vertical Punch.” A fist punch with the palm along a verticle plane.

Teiji Dachi
A stance with the feet in a “T” shape.

Teisho Uchi
“Palm Heel Strke”.

Teisho Uke
“Palm Heel Block”

Tettsui Uchi
“Hammer Strike”. Also called KENTSUI.

Tobi Geri
“Jump Kick”

A farm tool developed into a weapon by the Okinawans

Tsukami Waza
“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.

Grappling Skills.

Uchi Mawashi Geri
“Inside Roundhouse Kick”

Uchi (Ude) Uke
“Inside (Forearm) Block


Ukemi Waza
Breakfall Techniques

Ura Zuki
Upper Cut Punch

“Back Knuckle”

Ushiro Empi Uchi
Striking to the rear with the elbow.

Ushiro Geri
“Back Kick”


Yama Tsuki
“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.

Zenkutsu Dachi
“Forward Stance”


Japanese Slippers


1 Ichi
2 Ni
3 San
4 Shi (Yon)
5 Go
6 Roku
7 Shichi (Nana)
8 Hachi
9 Kyu
10 Ju

11 Ju-Ichi
12 Ju-Ni
13 Ju-San
14 Ju-Yon
15 Ju-Go
16 Ju-Roku
17 Ju-Nana
18 Ju-Ha
19 Ju-Kyu
20 Ni-Ju

21 Ni-Ju-Ichi
22 Ni-Ju-Ni
23 Ni-Ju-San
24 Ni-Ju-Yon
25 Ni-Ju-Go
26 Ni-Ju-Roku
27 Ni-Ju-Nana
28 Ni-Ju-Ha
29 Ni-Ju-Kyu
30 San-Ju

40 Yo-Ju
50 Go-Ju
60 Roku-Ju
70 Nana-Ju
80 Ha-Ju
90 Ku-Ju

100 - Hyaku

101 - Hyaku-Ichi
201 - Ni-Hyaku-Ichi
1000 - Sen (Zen)
10000 - Man

600 = “Ropp-Yaku”
800 = “Happ-Yaku”
8000 = “Ha-Sen”