wadologo japanThe JKF (Japan Karatedo Federation) Wadokai is an internationally renowned Karate organisation consisting of over 1,350 branches within Japan and over 250 group outside Japan (including registered branches). Among over 850,000 members, around 180,000 hold black belt ranks.

The JKF Wadokai is run using a collegial approach which has kept the organisation intact for the most part for nearly 80 years. The Technical Committee oversees standards and grading examinations and consists of the most senior active instructors.

The JKF Wadokai is the largest karate organisation within the Japan Karate Federation. The style is very popular amongst the university karate clubs in Japan and many leading competitors have come from the JKF Wadokai over the years.


April 1st, 1934
The “Dai Nippon Karate Shinko Club”, an original body of Wado-Kai, was founded by Hironori Ohtsuka (Suehiro-cho, Kanda-ward, Tokyo).

February 25th, 1938
The “Dai Nippon Karatedo shinbukai” was established.

May 5th, 1940
Participated in the “Celebration for 2600B.C. and 44th Butoku Festival” under the name “Wado-Ryu Karate Jutsu”. The name “Wado-Ryu” was established.

Established the headquarter dojo (Sanko Dojo) at Tsukiji.

The “Wado-Ryu Rules” were instituted. The Wado-Ryu headquarters were established in the Meiji University karate club and a dojo established in Osaki Police Station Budojo.

May 19th, 1954
A demonstration was held at Hibiya Public Hall in commemoration of 20th anniversary of Wado-Ryu and to celebrate the foundation of “Zen Nippon Karatedo Renmei” (All Japan Karate Federation) though it was a Wado Ryu private organisation.

May 5th, 1955
The first National Championship at Shibuya Public Hall.

May 1st, 1964
The “All Nippon Karatedo Federation” (JKF) was founded. The Wado-Ryu organisation joined it as a major group.

June 5th, 1967
The name of the Wado-Ryu organisation was changed to “Wado-Kai”.

July 11th, 1976
The 12th Wado-Kai National Championships at Nippon Budokan, held every year thereafter.

January 29th, 1982
Hironori Ohtsuka passed away.

August 25-26th, 1989
The first World Wado Cup in London.