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Shintani Wado Kai  

Karate Federation

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The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF) is a non-profit organization that was founded by Hanshi Masaru Shintani in 1966.


The SWKKF is one of the largest martial arts organization of a single style in North America.  Current registered membership is approximately 2,500 students with 400+ active black belts.


The largest Canadian membership groups are in Southern Ontario and Alberta.  SWKKF membership continues to grow nationally, particularly in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and British Columbia.   US membership also continues to grow, an area that we are looking to expand.


The SWKKF supports a national team that represents it at Canadian and international tournaments.

Organizational Structure

​The SWKKF has adopted a practical, functional structure that supports its strategy and strategic direction.  One aspect addresses its hierarchical structure and the other area establishes designated SWKKF activities.

Members are elected to representative positions within this structure for a period of 4 years.  The last election was held in 2020.

Hierarchical Structure



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Current provinces represented include: Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Current states represented include: Arkansas, Texas and New York.

Club members with any questions or concerns should first contact their club representative(s).  They will be pleased to assist you. 

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