The Wado Karate Association of Canada is a
federally-incorporated non-profit society established in 1996 to teach
Wado karate and physical well-being and fitness, and to promote the
growth of Wado karate.
It was formed in response to the demand for
an authentic national organization in Canada to preserve for future
generations the heritage of Wado karate as founded in Japan in 1934 by Grand Master Hironori Otsuka.
Wado Canada was also tasked by the late Top Master Masaru Shintani to work towards the
advancement of karate together with other karate groups throughout the
Top Master Shintani was appointed supreme
instructor and head of Wado karate in North America in 1968 by Grand
Master Otsuka. In 1996, Saiko Shihan Greg Reid
was named by Top Master Shintani as his successor in Wado Karate-do
worldwide as well as supreme instructor.
The Wado Canada is not affiliated with any
Membership gives access to belt rank
gradings, sports insurance, Master’s seminars, newsletters,
competitions, instructors and officials certification, plus much more.
Wado Canada oversees the teaching of
traditional Wado karate according to the curriculum established by its
technical committee, headed by technical director Saiko Shihan Reid,
Top Master Shintani personally validated
the certificates and Dan gradings of Sensei Reid and all senior black
In keeping with the character of a
federation, each school operates independently, yet all are bound by
the common ideals set forth in the Wado Canada constitution.
Wado Canada provides Kyu and Dan standards
to all member dojos. Kyu gradings are the responsibility of each dojo,
and certificates are issued by Wado Canada. Kyu grading fees are
determined independently by each dojo, and a nominal fee is paid to
The Wado Canada grading board performs Dan
gradings and the technical director signs all Dan certificates at the
time of issue.
The executive, consisting of the president,
vice-president and directors, is elected at the annual general meeting
for two-year terms. Committees carry out the major activities of the
Wado Canada wants to be in harmony with all
Karate styles and organizations. New members are always welcome.