A karate book made me ask Shotokan or Wado ryu?

Discussion in 'Karate' started by kerling, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. kerling

    kerling Hidden haito style

    I just bought a karate book last monday.

    It had good pictures but was a bit of, just a ted.

    The techniques where the same but not.
    Only few things made me go hmm ok .. I don't do it excactly that way.

    Then somewhere inside the book I noticed it said Wado Ryu but I do Shotokan.

    So the question I have for you out there is:

    Is there great diffrence between Shotokan and Wado Ryu?
  2. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX Map Addict

    There sure is. :(

    A bit like comparing the North and South Poles. Very much alike, but also very much different. :)
  3. kerling

    kerling Hidden haito style

    he he. good answer..

    Perhaps in action the diffrence is great but on the picture it wasn't that much..
  4. robertmap

    robertmap Valued Member


    Basic difference is that Wado includes Jujitsu as the founder Hironori Ohtsuka was ranked in that art and added it to the Shotokan he learnt (I think he was also ranked or experienced in other martial arts too) -

    The major visible difference used to be that Wado had shorter stances than Shotokan but in the last ten years so many Shotokan dojo's (well - the few I've played at) seem to have reduced the depth of their stances... Different topic... :)

    Both are excellent examples of Japanese Karate and either are capable of producing an excellent martial artist.

    All the best.


    Robert Agar-Hutton
    Instructor Protectics Karate Jutsu
    Instructor Luton Tai Chi Club
    4th Dan Kyu Shin Ryu Karate
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 31, 2004
  5. kerling

    kerling Hidden haito style

    Thank you Robert for a good answer.

    This is in the line of I was looking for.

    Cheers Kerling

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