"Authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do in the South West of England"
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai was established in 1984 by the late and much revered Sensei T. Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan and his personal student Peter Hill 6th Dan. Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai are full and founder members of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy whose chief instructor is the world renowed Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan. Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai have been granted by Shiomitsu Sensei the status of an independant association and are through the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy members of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan headed by Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan, the English Karate Federation and the World Karate Federation.
The main objectives of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai are to practise and study authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do to the highest possible standard in the most honourable and correct way. Also, to educate the general public into the benefits of practising the martial arts in a deep and correct manner according to the traditions of Japanese Budo. Above all the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai is dedicated to the memory and wishes of its late founder Sensei Toru Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan.
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai's chief instructor is Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan. Shiomitsu Sensei is the chief instructor in Europe for authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do as reconized by the Ohtsuka Soke (founding family). Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai host at least three courses a year with Shiomitsu Sensei and he has been a regular vistor to Devon for the past twenty five years. Kyu grading examinations are held four times a year locally within the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai. They are conducted by our groups senior instructor Sensei Peter Hill 6th Dan who has trained continuously for over forty two years including being a private student to the late Takamizawa Sensei for twenty years until his passing. He as also for more than the past twenty five years studied deeply with Shiomitsu Sensei at the wishes and encouragement of Takamizawa Sensei and continues to do so to this day. He has also studied extensively with the Ohtsuka Soke (founding family) both here in Europe and in Japan. He was also one of the first people in Europe to take and pass successfully at the first attempt technical examinations with the son of the founder and the present Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan.
Examination for black belt 1st Dan is taken nationally on the annual Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Summer Course with Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan and the grading panel of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy. Every other year on the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Winter Course this panel is headed by the Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan. This is when members of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai attempt 2nd Dan and above. Attempting examinations in this manner is a tradition Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai started nearly twenty five years ago under Takamizawa Sensei and continued to this day out of respect to his memory and wishes with the kind support of Shiomitsu Sensei.
For younger members who wish to enjoy and experience the sporting aspect of Karate, there are regular squad training sessions at both local and national level. Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai have had a remarkable amount of success at local, regional and national level, both within Wado-Ryu and also in open all-style tournaments. Members have also competed with great success and distinction in both Europe and Japan at international level.