If character, honour, loyalty, humility and
the many other values that training may develop in a student are the
spirit of karate, then technique is the flesh, blood and bones of our
The spirit must have a body in order to
The technical curriculum for the Wado-Kai
Karate Association of Canada comes from a direct and unsurpassed
lineage of teaching.
It was passed from the late Top Master
Hironori Otsuka to Supreme Instructor Masaru Shintani, then from Master
Shintani to Shihan Gregory Reid and set out in this format
for Wado Canada by Shihan Reid.
Approval for changes, amendments or
additions to this curriculum can only come from Shihan Reid.
All karate students should be familiar with
the curriculum for their belt level, and all teachers should be
intimately familiar with the entire curriculum.
No technique from any other style, school,
instructor, seminar, tournament or any other origin may be introduced
into a Wado Canada school class unless it is clearly separated and
clearly explained as separate from the Wado Canada curriculum.
There can be no exception to this standard
so that we may keep our technique, the flesh and blood of our karate,
This curriculum lists the technical
knowledge, teaching requirements and amount of time training an adult
student is expected to acquire at a given belt rank in the Wado-Kai
Karate Association of Canada.
In categories where the techniques are
numbered, instructors are to teach the techniques within that category
in that order.
This curriculum is a minimum standard that
both students and their teacher must strive to achieve. Students,
however, are not in any way prohibited from learning techniques beyond
their minimum standard if their instructor gives approval.
Technical questions should be addressed to
the senior ranks within a given dojo. If questions cannot be answered
within a given dojo, or if Wado Canada teachers have any requests
regarding exceptions to the curriculum standards, they should be
addressed to Shihan Reid, the Technical
Director of the Wado-Kai Karate Association of Canada.
Whereas the curriculum for each rank is
precisely set, the requirements that each student must complete, to be
eligible to grade to the next rank, are multifactorial. The curriculum
for each rank is set below.
The various factors involved in the
decision to grade a student are described in more detail by the Grading
Committee of the association. The times described below in
“Required Time at this Rank” are guides only.
Last revised - 27th. May, 1998.