"You are not finished when you lose.
You are finished when you quit."
Sensei Masaru Shintani

Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation

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.

The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation


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.

The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation


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.

Sensei Masaru Shintani

Sensei Masaru Shintani, 9th Dan (Kudan) was the Supreme Instructor of Wado Kai Karate in Canada and is founder of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF). At the time of his death he was the highest ranking Sensei outside of Japan. A direct student of Master Otsuka, the founder of Wado Kai, Sensei Shintani devoted over 50 years to the study of Karate. He also held ranks in Judo (Sandan), Aikido (Shodan), and Kendo (Shodan).

Message From The President

The 2013/2014 season has been very exciting - and there has been quite a bit of activity!
News and Announcements
A new committee is in the process of being formed - the SWKKF Fundraising and Grants committee.

Black Belt Grading Information

The SWKKF conducts Black Belt Gradings across Canada hosted by various clubs. These Black Belt gradings are conducted by a Joseki Board, which include ranking members of the SWKKF and is overseen by a member appointed by the Joseki Board Executive Committee.

History of Karate

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 called te, or hand in English. Okinawa is within close distance to the coasts of Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea...

History of Shindo

The art of Shindo was devised by Sensei Masaru Shintani, 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. Sensei began teaching Shindo in the early 1980's. The roots of these...

April 2014 Harmonizer

The April 2014 edition of the Harmonizer is available. The Harmonizer is the official newsletter of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation. It includes useful karate information, commentaries, tournament listings and results, workshops, regional and national news. The newsletter also...

Clubs of the SWKKF

In the SWKKF there are a number of clubs available across the country. Please check for one that is closest to you! Also, by searching for clubs you are able to find class times, availability and contact information. Contact info for each club (dojo) is available as well.

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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.

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