The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation


The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF) was founded by Masaru Shintani in 1966. The federation is likely 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 Masaru Shintani in 1966. The federation is likely 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 Shihan 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.

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.

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...

Shintani National Tournament

The National Master Shintani Memorial Karate Tournament will be on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 128 Evergreen Hill Rd, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5. Please note the change of location! There will be no registration on the day of the tournament.

National Team Tryout 2014

The first SWKKF National Team was hand picked by Sensei Shintani himself in 1997. This team paved the way for later teams to participate in international training and tournaments, displaying to the world what our organization believes. Subsequently teams have traveled...

SWKKF Scholarship

The Wado Kai Student Development Fund offers two annual scholarships of $1000 each. The increase in January 2014 from $500 to $1000 each was made possible by member support of the SWKKF Central Purchase program. All qualifying secondary students in Canada are eligible for selection.

SWKKF 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.

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Last Updated: April 17, 2014 - Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation © 2014