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The Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy was formed by Sensei Shiomitsu. His intention was to de-politicise Wado-Ryu Karate. He wanted students to practise Wado-Ryu according to its true spirit. In order to achieve this end, he enabled students to join the Wado Academy in a variety of ways. Students can either become members of just the Wado Academy or they can become members of the Wado Academy and belong to another Karate organisation. Furthermore, he also decided that organisations practising Wado Karate could join the Wado Academy – as an affiliated group.

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Sensei Shiomitsu

Karate is not just about fighting. It makes the whole person better.
- Masafumi Shiomitsu
Sensei Shiomitsu

Sensei Shiomitsu is the founder and Chief Instructor of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy, and recognised world-wide as a great authority on Karate. He is based in London, England, but spends much of his time instructing at Wado-Ryu karate clubs all over the world, including European countries, the USA and Australia. He also conducts a number of instructors courses and is always present at the Dan gradings which take place at the summer and winter courses organised by the Wado-Ryu Academy.

The Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Association is fortunate enough to have Sensei Shiomitsu visit every six months for weekend training courses. These courses are attended by karate students of all styles of karate from all over Europe. Students of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Association are encouraged to attend these training courses whenever possible, as it is virtually impossible to come away from such courses without having learned a great deal. See the Events page for more information.


Sensei Shiomitsu was born in Kagoshima, Japan, on 24th November 1940. He began studying Shorin Ryu karate at the age of 15. He entered Nihon University in 1959 and joined the Wado-Ryu karate club, one of the university clubs that Ohtsuka Sensei taught at. His prowess at the style led to his appointment as the captain of the university's karate team in 1963. By the time he graduated in 1964, with a degree in economics, he had already reached the grade of 4th Dan in Wado-Ryu.

Sensei Shiomitsu's natural ability at Wado-Ryu led to him being chosen by Ohtsuka Sensei as one of the karate instructors chosen to take Wado-Ryu karate outside of Japan. In 1965 Sensei Shiomitsu travelled to England, where he was appointed assistant Chief Instructor. He then spent the next 10 years visiting and staying in different countries throughout the world, including Spain, Portugal and even Madagascar, teaching Wado-Ryu karate. In 1976 he returned to England in his original position.

In 1981 Sensei Shiomitsu returned to Japan to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ohtsuka Sensei, the founder of Wado-Ryu karate. He was awarded the rank of 7th Dan by Ohtsuka. This was later followed by Sensei Shiomitsu's appointment as the Chief Instructor to the European Wado-Ryu Karate organisations, and in 1989 he founded the Wado-Ryu Academy.


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