Shintani World Congress of Alberta Association
A Brief History of Our Style
Sensei Hironori Otsuka (10th Dan), The founder of our style is who registered the school of Wado Kai in 1934. He had been trained in Shindo Yoshin Ryu Ju Jitsu, a traditional Japanese Martial Art. He also studied under Gichin Funakoshi, who introduced Karate to Japan from Okinawa. Otsuka is credited with introducing sparring to karate practice. He taught until shortly before his death in 1982. One of his senior students was Masaru Shintani, who brought the style to North America.
Sensei Masaru Shintani (9th Dan) Sensei Shintani trained in Karate for over 50 years, first learning as a boy during his time in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II. In the late 1950’s Sensei Shintani traveled to Japan and competed in the All Japan Karate-doh Championships held in Tokyo, which he won. This gained the attention of Otsuka Sensei, who took him as a student. He returned to North America in the 1970’s to be Otsuka’s representative in North America, and passed away in 2000.
Kyoshi Sensei Paul Leonard, Kudan (9th Dan), Our Sensei has studied under Sensei Shintani for over 30 years, and is the head of the World Congress of Shintani Wado - Kai Karate and World Shintani Shindo, of which we are a member club. The goal of the World Congress is to continue the Japanese art of Wado as it was taught by Sensei Shintani, who followed the teachings of his Sensei Hironori Otsuka.