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Stay up to date about Wado techniques, training methods and Martial Arts philosophy. As I explain in the welcome video, we have the intention to write blogs and combine them with photos and videos which we will post on YouTube.

We hope to address the beginners as well as the advanced students and share new content with you weekly. If you have any feedback that will help us improve the quality of the videos and blogs, feel free to comment on the YouTube videos or drop us a line at info@wadokai.nl. Other than feedback, you are also welcome to mail us questions about Karate or inform us with a request of a subject for our next Blog of Video. 

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Shotei as Uke waza

2016-09-03
Shotei as Uke waza

People that have never really trained Karate think about breaking boards, a flying kick and of course Kiai when they think about Karate. Next probably is Shuto, while Seiken is more characteristic for basic Karate training. Shotei (or Teisho) is one of the Shuto variations, the open hand

Mawatte Gedan barai

2016-08-29
Mawatte Gedan barai

Mawatte Gedan barai has two important components, which should be connected to each other. First there is the turning of the body, with the body. Don't think of stepping with your foot, but about  turning your body. Also, make sure it is one movement.  Execute Gedan barai as you turn your bod

Keypoints of Junzuki no tsukkomi

2016-08-20
Keypoints of Junzuki no tsukkomi

Junzuki no tsukkomi is one of the formal basic techniques of Wado Ryu Karate. Unique is, that this technique is not practiced in other styles. Perhaps in application, but not as a basic technique. Naturally Junzuki no tsukkomi consists of various elements that are also present in other techniques,

Trainingmethods for Hikiashi

2016-08-13
Trainingmethods for Hikiashi

Hikiashi is the name used for the pulling (hiki) of the foot (ashi), or perhaps better verbalised, the term used to describe the technical movement of the pulling of the foot. The Kanji for HIki is 引き and 引 itself consists of two elements. The left part of the Kanji, 弓, means bow (like bow and

Wadokai Kata Chinto

2016-07-31
Wadokai Kata Chinto

Chinto is according to the translation of Ohtsuka sensei's Kata book "the end" and is therefore traditionally taught as the nineth Kata. Prior to Chinto you practice (besides Pinan) Kushanku, followed by Naihanchi and Seishan. Naihanchi and Seishan are what is

What is the right way to hold the Tanto?

2016-07-30
What is the right way to hold the Tanto?

There are two well known ways of holding the Tanto, as seen in several Tanto dori. The question that follows is which side the sharp side should point to. I can tell you from experience that are different opinions out there. Before I go into the different ways, I will start by explaining

Sukui uke - Kata and Ohyo

2016-07-23
Sukui uke - Kata and Ohyo

Although you can discuss the amount of movements in Kushanku, it seems easier -and perhaps also more appropriate- to use the numbers as Ohtsuka sensei did. In his book, where the nine Kata of Wado are demonstrated and explained, Sukui uke from Kushanku is the 54th movement. Sukui

Trainingmethods for Sokuto

2016-07-15
Trainingmethods for Sokuto

The side kick is called Yokogeri in Shotokan. Yoko means sideways so it is quite easy to understand why they use this term. In Wado, the same kick has a different name: Sokuto. For completeness you could say Sokutogeri, but this is not common. The name Sokuto comes from the position of the

Atemi

2016-06-28
Atemi

The term Atemi is commonly used in Budo and is written in the following manner: 当身 = Atemi = Strike, blow当 = Ate = Hit身 = Mi = Body/Person Atemi is used to describe punches, strikes and kicks that are used to setup the next movement or to disctract the opponent. Another term used is Kar

Development of Koshi - Using your hip socket

2016-06-29
Development of Koshi - Using your hip socket

Koshi is the Japanese word for hip and is a very important part of the body. Koshi is the connection between your lower and upper body, which means that correct use of Koshi ensures being able to use the whole body. The first thing that you learn in a Karate Dojo and that which you will

Keypoints of Jodan uke

2016-07-04
Keypoints of Jodan uke

Jodan uke is often translated as high block. Jodan refers to the area from the collar bone up. You can therefore simply state that the Jodan level is the neck and head. For completeness, you could say Jodan age uke to be more precise about the direction of the movement. Since Uchi and Soto

Stretching routine after my morning run

2016-06-27
Stretching routine after my morning run

My alarm wakes me up every morning at 5:45 AM, which allows me to have coffee at 06:00, do some work on the laptop and be ready at 06:45 / 07:00 AM for my morning session. My early morning training varies a lot, but I do have my preferred templates. One of the trainings that I do are jogging

Key points of Ido Kihon Gyakuzuki

2016-05-08
Key points of Ido Kihon Gyakuzuki

Every specific movement has its own specific key points. In this blog, I am going to address three key points of the movement that occurs between one Gyakuzuki and the other. In other words, when you move from right Gyakuzuki to left Gyakuzuki, what are the main points to pay attention to?

Wadokai Kata Niseishi

2016-05-09
Wadokai Kata Niseishi

To start this blog, I want to share the following video where I show Niseishi slowly. The day that I shot the video, I was training on the beach at 5:45 AM to see the sunrise. One of the Kata that I practiced that morning was Niseishi which I captured on film,

Bassai

2015-10-26
Bassai

0. YohiHeisoku dachi  1. Jodan soto ukeYosei ashi dachi   2. Jodan soto ukeMoto dachi   3. Jodan soto ukeMoto dachi    4. Jodan uchi ukeMoto dachi    5. Jodan soto ukeMoto dachi    6. Sukui ukeNeko ashi dac

Chinshin

2016-03-05
Chinshin

Chinshin, which can be translated to dropping body, consists of these two Kanji: 沈身. In English we use the term Body dropping, which is quite visible is most cases but invisible in other cases. If you speak of Chinshin there are basically two kinds to distinguish, of which the first is a

Dynamics of Karate kicking techniques

2015-07-26

Your knee joint is designed to do one kind of movement. It is a hinge joint, which allows the bending and streching of your lower leg. This has two different applications. One application is a hinge movement. If your hip and knee are virtually stationary as you kick, your lower leg can do t

Training method for Enpi

2015-08-07

猿 En = Monkey臂 Pi = Elbow 猿臂 = Enpi = Elbow strike Enpi is a nickname for elbow strike. Other names used are Hiji ate and Hiji uchi. You can use your elbow to deliver a lot of impact on short range, but also to stab during a struggle or to create space when someone tries to take hold of yo

Hiji uke for close range

2016-04-15
Hiji uke for close range

Hiji uke is written in Japanese in the following manner: 肘受け Hiji uke contains two Kanji 肘受 and a suffix け.  肘 = Hiji = elbow (enpi is a nickname used for the strike)受 = Uke = receive (block is the common translation, but not very accurate) As with any technique, there is a basic form an

Hikite

2015-08-03
Hikite

引き手 or simply 引手 can be translated as knob, handle or catch. Within Budo the translation is usually the pulling back of the hand. This is also logic if you analyse the Kanji seperately. 引 = hiki (hiku = verb) = to pull 手 = te = hand Hikite as a term within Karate, is allocated t

Hikite of Uraken

2015-09-22
Hikite of Uraken

Hikite is most commonly to describe the pulling back of a punch or the position at the side of the chest. Hikite itself indeed refers to pulling back, but not necessarily a punch. In fact, any movement after attacking with your arm can be classified as Hikite. Since we are practicing Budo,

How to make a proper fist?

2015-10-11
How to make a proper fist?

正 = Sei = Correct or the right way拳 = Ken = Fist 正拳, which means Seiken, can therefore be translated as correct fist or proper way to make a fist. For those who are in the possession of the translation of Ohtsuka sensei's book.. It says "Righteousness of the fist". Sei can indeed be translat

Inasu

2015-12-14
Inasu

Inasu is one of Wado's core principles, which means to change the direction of the attack. Have a look at the image below. A represents the initial position while B represents the desired position. In other words, A could be the Hikite position and B could be the position of the fist when th

Junzuki

2015-07-26
Junzuki

The brief summary Take Hidari kamae. Bend your front knee, push your body forward from your hips and control Seichusen with your left fist. Execute Junzuki with the right fist and try to use your whole body as you maintain Kinto. The position of the body is called Junte. After rei,

Kake uke and grip training

2016-02-17
Kake uke and grip training

I still remember vividly that Kake uke was called Hikkake uke in one of Ishikawa sensei's books. Whether it was right or wrong was not clear and it confused me for a while. I let it rest since it seemed unlikely that Ishikawa sensei did not master his mother tongue. What the actual reason was

Keiko and Renshu

2015-07-12
Keiko and Renshu

The essential difference between Keiko and Renshu Karate Boeken Geen boeken over Wado? Die tijden zijn voorbij! Wij ontwikkelen continue en delen die kennis graag met jou. Renshu is the militaristic, almost compulsory repeating of movement, which is good to

Kihon Kumite 1

2015-10-16
Kihon Kumite 1

The Kanji 基本組手 mean Kihon Kumite.  基本 is often translated as basic and 組手 as fight, but also as meeting hands. If you take it a step further and look at the Kanji individually you might come to the following logic translation: (I especially say 'logic', because 本 also means 'book' whic

Kihon Kumite 8

2016-04-14
Kihon Kumite 8

Kihon Kumite consists of a series of 10 techniques, which are part of the core of Wado technical partner training. Today, we would like to share number eight called Hachihonme in Japanese. A characteristic of Kihon Kumite 8 is the use of the elbow, which we shed some light on throughout t

Kote nage dori

2015-11-30
Kote nage dori

Ukemi takes left stance, with the knife in his right hand and the saya in his left. In this tanto dori called Kote Nage Dori, Torimi takes right stance (by some instructors done in left stance). Ukemi does an ayumi ashi and brings the knife up during the movement and finally d

Kumite gata

2015-10-17
Kumite gata

Kumite gata are series of techniques that can be seen as Kata ohyo: applications of Kata techniques. These Kata are known under several names such as: Kumite gata, Ura waza, Kumite no Ura and for example Kata Ohyo. Ishikawa sensei new lots of "Ura waza" but did not structure them. Sakagami

Henka waza of Kumite gata 1

2016-04-19
Henka waza of Kumite gata 1

If you are returning to our blogs and videos often, you know that we usually start by explaining the meaning of the Japanese word. This blog is no exception. 変化技, which means Henka waza is usually translated as variation technique. But how far can you take "variation"? Let's have a look

Kushanku

2016-01-06

I would like to share the following video with you, on behalf of Sakagami sensei. Sakagami sensei is assisted by Peter May sensei and Mr. Clive Wright.  Mr. Clive Wright, Wadokai Kata World Champion demonstrates Kata Kushanku followed by Sakagami sensei demonstrating several Ippon Kumite assisted

Training methods to loosen up your arm and shoulder

2016-04-14
Training methods to loosen up your arm and shoulder

I would like to bring the following method to your attention, because I think this is a very effective method to use to develop relaxation of your shoulder and whole arm in general. It sounds like a contradiction, that you have to relax your arm when you strike. Of course, to move your arm

Maegeri

2015-07-25

Mae 前 means "front". Keri 蹴り (it is spelled with a "G" when another word preceeds it), means "kick". The kanji Mae can also be pronounced as "Zen", like Zenkutsu dachi or Zenshinshite. Mae tells you something about the direction of the technique. Although itis a subject for a different blog altog

Hanmi maegeri VS Shomen maegeri

2015-07-26

Hanmi maegeri is natural The form that is commonly used is Hanmi maegeri. If you execute Maegeri and step through, as you do in Ido Kihon, your body will automatically turn Hanmi when you extend your leg and step through. You can also say that in case of Ido Kihon, Hanmi is the most natural

Training methods for Mawashigeri

2016-03-18
Training methods for Mawashigeri

If you analyse Mawashigeri, you can see that Mawashigeri consists of various different elements, which have to work smoothly in synchronism. However, you might have a certain difficulty with a specific element of Mawashigeri. If you want to improve a certain element, my advice would always b

Opening sequence of Niseishi

2015-12-28
Opening sequence of Niseishi

It is said that Wado originally had nine kata, and that six were added later to the list that was presented in 1939 to the Butokukai in Japan (Japanese Budo organisation to register Ryuha). The original list from 1939 included Pinan Shodan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Yondan, Pinan Godan

Pinan Shodan

2015-07-12
Pinan Shodan

History of Pinan Shodan Pinan Shodan (often practiced second or third because of the difficulty) is officially the first kata from the Pinan series which consists of five kata. Originally they were designed by Itosu sensei round 1900. The kata served as a physical educational system on

Keypoint of Pinan Shodan

2015-07-13

The transition between the first and second movement is a keypoint of Pinan Shodan. Keypoints always carry specific messages that cannot be found easily in other movements. The point is to be able to move the upper and lower section of the body independetely from each other. As you close t

Pinan Nidan

2015-08-09
Pinan Nidan

One of my students can pronounce this sentence masterfully and thats why I hear this quite often in my Dojo. I obviously chose this title as it matches Pinan Nidan 100%. It is quite striking that especially kids say "Sensei, I know this Kata". In fact they mean that they have an idea

Pinan Sandan

2015-08-09
Pinan Sandan

0. YohiShizentai 1. Jodan soto ukeShomen neko ashi dachi 2. Jodan soto uke + Gedan baraiHeisoku dachi 3. Jodan soto uke + Gedan baraiHeisoku dachi   4. Jodan soto ukeShomen neko ashi dachi 5. Jodan soto uke + Gedan bara

Keypoint of Pinan Sandan

2015-08-08
Keypoint of Pinan Sandan

After executing Yonhon nukite in Junzuki dachi (is Chudan, Nukite appears higher due to camera angle), do Mawatte and place the back of your right hand on your tailbone. It is important that you press your hip forward and that you bend your front knee sufficiently, but not too far. As a matter

Pinan Godan

2016-01-11
Pinan Godan

  0. YohiShizentai 1. Jodan Soto UkeShomen neko ashi dachi 2. ChudanzukiShomen neko ashi dachi 3. KamaeMusubi dachi 4. Jodan soto ukeShomen neko ashi dachi 5. ChudanzukiShomen neko ashi dachi  

Keypoint of Pinan Godan

2015-08-05
Keypoint of Pinan Godan

The movement or posture is called Manji uke in Shotokan. Wadoryu hardly uses these kinds of names for techniques, but in Shotokan they do. Wado simply calls this Morote uke (using both hands) or Jodan and Gedan uke or something like that. They are more regarded as two hands doing something

Review of the 5th Karate Masters Course

2016-03-25
Review of the 5th Karate Masters Course

On 11/12/13 March 2016, we had another opportunity to study under Kazumasa Yokoyama Kancho. It is amazing to see him move, explain, inspire and enjoy Karate. He amazes me every time I (AJ) see him and my friend from Germany, Mr. Stephan Yamamoto, said and I quote: “This is the fifth time th

Seichusen

2015-07-28

Seichusen is the imaginary line that runs through the body from top to bottom straight through Tanden. In English this is often called the centre line. Seichusen is written by three characters in Japanese (Kanji). "Sei", "Chu" and "Sen". Although Japanese is sometimes difficult to translate,

Seiza

2015-08-07

正 = Sei = Correct, right座 = Za = Sit 正座 = Seiza = Sit in the right way. In Budo the right way means: including Seichusen. Every posture needs to have an intact Seichusen, so that you can operate from a natural strong balanced position. Seiza is fundamental position which you use t

Using your elbow for Sonobazuki

2016-04-12
Using your elbow for Sonobazuki

Sonobazuki is the most basic punch there is within Karate. This Japanese writing その場 means Sonoba, which translates into "on the spot". The Kanji 場 itself means place.  Although you can use several different kind of stances for practice, I have chosen to use Naihanchi dachi, which is the sta

Soto uke

2015-12-20
Soto uke

Soto uke is one of the most fundamental basic blocks. Although Wado officially does not have 'blocks', this word is easy to use for general explanations. Soto means outside block, or actually outside receiving. Soto can be translated as outside or to the outside and in case of Budo is refers

Stances in Wado

2015-07-26

Do you have any idea how many stances there are? I will mention several diffenent stances that exist in Wado Kata and basic training in this article. The explanation will be mostly aimed at the exact posture. You can think about the position and direction of the feet, as well as the weight

Ten I, Ten Tai, Ten Gi - San Mi Ittai

2015-08-05
Ten I, Ten Tai, Ten Gi - San Mi Ittai

Ten I, Ten Tai and Ten Gi are the three basic components, it is how Wado operates. In face, every movement should use all three components. It may occur that only two out of three is used, but the ideal is to use all three of them, this is called San Mi Ittai. Ten I 転位 転 = Change 位 = Rank, place

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