"Authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do in the South West of England"
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai was established in 1984 by the late Sensei T. Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan and his student Peter Hill Sensei 7th 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 renowned Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan. Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai have been granted by Shiomitsu Sensei the status of an independent association and through the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy are members of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan headed by Grandmaster H.Otsuka III, the grandson of the founder of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai are also members of both the English Karate Federation and the World Karate Federation.
The main objectives of the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai are to practice 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 practicing 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 who is the chief instructor in Europe for authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do as reconized by the Otsuka Soke (founding family). Shiomitsu Sensei as been a regular visitor to Devon for the past three decades. Kyu grading examinations are held twice a year within the Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai at our group's Barnstaple dojo. These examinations are conducted by our groups senior instructor Peter Hill Sensei 7th Dan together with a panel of four other senior grades within our group of at least 3rd Dan level. Peter Hill Sensei has trained continuously for the past forty six years since the age of eleven, including being a private student to the late Takamizawa Sensei for twenty years until Takamizawa Sensei's passing. For the past thirty years he as studied deeply with Shiomitsu Sensei at the wishes and encouragement of the late Takamizawa Sensei and continues to do so to this day. With the guidance from both Shiomitsu Sensei and the late Takamizawa Sensei he as also studied with the Otsuka Soke (founding family) extensively for the past three decades throughout Britain, Europe and in Japan. This includes passing at the first attempt a technical examination for 4th Dan in 1994 with the son of the founder and late Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan and a full panel of senior Japanese Sensei. In 2001 he was awarded 5th Dan from the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan, in 2007 6th Dan from the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan and in 2017 7th Dan from the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan.
Dan Grade examinations are taken nationally/internationally on either the annual Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Summer Course held in the Lymington, Hampshire or the Winter Course at the Spectrum Centre, Guildford, Surrey with the grading panel of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy appointed personally by Sensei M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi Shihan. Attempting examinations in this manner is a tradition Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai started nearly thirty years ago under Takamizawa Sensei and continued to this day out of respect to his memory with the 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.