Wado Kai Karate is a Japanese Karate style founded in 1939 by Hironori Otsuka. It is an amalgamation of Funakoshi's Shotokan Karate, Jujutsu and Kempo. Wado Kai means "Way of Peace and Harmony". It is one of the four major styles of Karate in Japan and remains one of the purest forms of Karate-do.
Sensei Masaru Shintani, 9th Dan (Kudan) was the Supreme Instructor of Wado Kai Karate in Canada and is the founder of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation. At the time of his death he was the highest ranking Sensei outside of Japan. A direct student of Shihan Otsuka, the founder of Wado Kai, Sensei Shintani devoted over 50 years to the study of Karate. He also held ranks in Judo (Sandan), Aikido (Shodan) and Kendo (Shodan).
For more detailed history on Sensei Otsuka and Sensei Shintani as well as the Shintani Wado Kai Karate federation please go the "About us, Our History and Roots" section of the SWKKF website at www.shintani.ca
The Saskatoon Club has run out the YMCA under various instructors since 1986.  Since 2000 the Head Instructor has been Sensei Crystal Johnson.
The Warman Club was founded by Sensei Crystal and Sensei Jeremy Johnson in the spring of 2002.
The Melfort Karate club was founded by Sensei Jonathon Scott in 2006.

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