Wado Kai Karate


Junior Tuesday, Thursday: 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Adult Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Adult Sunday: 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.


Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre Membership (good for all activities at CJCC) $30/year (Single)
$50/year (Family)
SWKKF Membership $75/year
Adults $180/3 months
$70/1 month
Juniors $275/5 months
$65/1 month
NON-MEMBERS: Students who have no CJCC membership
Adults $80/ month
Juniors $75/ month

We always welcome new students and visitors from other Dojo’s.

If you are coming for the first time and new to Karate we recommend that you wear comfortable clothing (sweat pants & tee shirt) and be prepared to sweat! We like newcomers to try a few classes before they enroll, we want to be sure that Karate is for you. Then we can order equipment for you if you need.

Program lead instructor, Gord Derii  contact via email: gderii@rogers.com

The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF) was founded by Sensei Masaru Shintani in 1966. The federation is one of the largest martial arts organization of a single style in North America. Current registered membership is approximately 3000 students with 400+ active black belts.

The greatest densities of members are in southern Ontario & Alberta, with continued growth in SK, MB, QC, NWT, the West Coast and the USA. The SWKKF also supports a national team to represent the organization at various tournaments within and outside the organization.

Wado Kai Karate is a Japanese Karate style founded in 1939 by Hironori Otsuka. It is an amalgamation of Funakoshi’s Shotokan Karate, jujutsu and kempo. Wado Kai, means the ‘Way of Peace & Harmony”. It is one of the four major styles of Karate in Japan and remains one of the purest form of Karate-do.

Similar to most other Karate styles, Wado Kai includes

  1. Basic techniques (waza), which include punching, kicking, blocking, open and closed hand strikes, and study of grappling and joint-twisting maneuvers.
  2. Kata (sequences of techniques done against imagined attackers).
  3. Kumite (prearranged and free-style sparring) are equally emphasized training foundations. Equally fundamental to Wado is taisabaki, bodyshifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack, this technique was derived from Japanese swordsmanship.

There are many other facets to Wado Kai Karate that make it a unique and valuable interpretation of Karate-do.

In Wado Kai Karate, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, in addition to the virtues of self-control, respect for others, and humility.

“Violent action may be understood as the way of martial arts, but the true meaning of martial arts is to seek and attain the way of peace and harmony” – Sensei Otsuka

Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation Mission Statement

We are a family oriented traditional karate organization focusing on Sensei Masaru Shintani’s teachings and values of kindness and humility.

Our goal is to move into the future with ties to the past developing confident individuals who will be positive role models within the community.


Page updated March 13, 2019