We practice traditional JKF Wadōkai Karate-dō as taught by Arakawa sensei, Hakoishi sensei and Takagi sensei. Our training method follows the approach which these teachers use in their dōjō in Japan. This is the original JKF Wadōkai training method, created by the founder of Wadōryu Karate-dō. It consists of:
Kihon - basic body movement and footwork, parrying (harai), punching (tsuki) and kicking (keri) technique.
Kata - the nine fundamental kata of Wadōryu karatedo. View the kata here.
Kihon Kumite - ten pre-arranged pair techniques which embody the principles unique to Wadōryu Karate-dō.
Jiyu kumite - free fighting techniques and practice methods.
By training a narrow range of techniques such as this we learn the basic principles of body movement which is the essence of the JKF Wadōkai approach.
When time allows, we can also train some traditional techniques which utilise the basic skills learned from the core training:
Idori - seven basic kneeling techniques with a partner. These are influenced by Otsuka's training in Yoshinryu style of jujutsu and are standardised in JKF Wadōkai based on the method taught by Dr Hakoishi sensei.
Tantodori - seven basic techniques of disarming or controlling an opponent attacking with a knife. Otsuka adapted these into his karate system from his training in Yōshinryu style of jujutsu. He began to use these for demonstrations in 1934 and these even appeared in a book called Karatedō Taikan (author, Nakasone Genwa, 1938).