O Sai-ko Shihan Hironori Ohtsuka (1892-1982)

10th Degree Black Belt, Ju Dan
Founder of the World Wado Style Karate

Ohtsuka-Sensei began martial arts training in Shindo Yoshin-kai jujutsu at age six, and by 1921, at the young age of 29, he was awarded the coveted "Menkyo-Kaiden", designating him the successor as master of this style. Ohtsuka founded World Wado Karate in 1939. For his outstanding contributions to karate, the Emperor of Japan awarded Ohtsuka the "Fifth Order of Merit of the Sacred Treasure" in 1967. He was the first karate master to receive this distinguished award. In 1972, he was the recipient of the "Hanshi Award", an even greater honor. Along with this award came the honor of being ranked at the head of all martial arts systems within the All Japan Karate-Do Federation. Just prior to his death, Mr. Ohtsuka requested that everything under his direction be put under his name as karate. His new organization would act as a guardian of the ancient martial arts while promoting the essence and practice of authentic karate.

"Never forget about the past, concentrate on the present, and plan for the future."

Sai-ko Shihan Masaru Shintani (1927-2000)

9th Degree Black Belt, Ku Dan
Head of the World Congress, Founder and the Supreme Instructor of the Shintani Wado-kai Karate Federation and the World Shindo Federation

Mr. Shintani founded the Shintani Wado-Kai Karate Federation of North America and the World Shindo Federation. He was personally appointed the supreme instructor of Wado karate in North America by Ohtsuka Sensei. Mr. Shintani, a direct descendant of the famous Samurai Matsumoto Clan, began the study of karate in the Japanese internment camps of Canada under the master instructor Akira Kitegawa. An often brutal and vicious form of karate, it helped save the life of Mr. Shintani in the camps and formed the core of his training. After Kitegawa's death Shintani competed in the All Japan Karate Championships over a period of years and caught the attention of Mr. Ohtsuka. Mr. Shintani then became his student and over time developed his own organization and the Shindo, a self-defense weapon which, in the absence of ballistic weapons, is unrivaled for its ability to disarm and incapacitate with minimal injury. Like Mr. Ohtsuka, Mr. Shintani sits alone in his uniqueness and has a special place in the modern world of martial arts.

"If you want to make something good, you will make a lot of enemies."

Shihan Joseph Rempel (1951-present)

8th Degree Black Belt, Hachi Dan
Founder and Chief Director of the Ohtsuka Amateur Karate Foundation

Mr. Rempel is the founder of the AKF (Ohtsuka Amateur Karate Foundation) and a direct student of Sensei Shintani. The AKF's roots date back to 1978, when Sensei Rempel started the first Wado program in Alberta. Sensei Rempel holds a Master Instructor's Level 8th Degree Black Belt in both Karate and Shindo.

He is the personal biographer for Mr. Shintani and resident historian of both the Ohtsuka and Shintani Karate organizations. Mr. Rempel has studied karate since 1973 and has ranked over 150 black belts while developing a formidable karate organization. It is unrivaled for its depth of quality, attention to detail, and classic interpretation of the old martial arts. Mr. Rempel developed the Ohtsuka Amateur Karate Foundation (the AKF) out of the teachings of Mr. Ohtsuka and Mr. Shintani. Both historically and technically, this karate expresses the skill, courage and perseverance that characterizes the traditional style of training. It is a type of karate that practices hard training which is both disciplined and self-fulfilling. Sweat is the rule of the day and the only magic of the martial arts comes from constant practice where the work is hard, the discipline is strong, with no favours asked and no favours given. Mr. Rempel sees the study of the martial arts as being both of mind and body. If the mind is not correct, the art will not be correct. Without it develops the fear and violence that makes us beasts; with it develops the civility and courtesy that makes us human.

The Founder and Chief Director of the AKF is Sensei Joseph Rempel, Hachidan - 8th Degree Black Belt.

Sensei Rempel and Sensei Shintani
In the photograph is Sensei Rempel (left) and Sensei Shintani (right),
taken in 1993 to celebrate Sensei Rempel's first twenty years of training under Sensei Shintani.

"Through life one thing is clear: show me with whom you walk and I'll show you what kind of person you are."
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