The National Academy of Wado Ryu Karate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is devoted to economically teaching children ages 5-14 Wado Ryu karate in a fun, engaging, and welcoming environment.
The biggest thing I stress to my students is that karate is NOT just an average sport: karate becomes a lifestyle. We teach self-defense, focus, courage, strength, discipline and respect. For the devoted student, karate often becomes a lifelong journey.
This website was created to welcome new students and to provide resources for existing students.
As the owner and sensei of The National Academy of Wado Ryu Karate, I want to invite all students, new and old, to explore their capabilities through the martial art of Wado Ryu karate.
Basic terminology used throughout this site.
Dojo - place of karate training
Gi - karate uniform
Obi - karate belt
Kata - prearranged set of techniques and motions used to showcase learned skills
Sensei - teacher
What is Wado Ryu Karate?
Wado Ryu directly translated means "the way of peace" or "peace and harmony".
Wado Ryu karate is a style that combines what Wado Ryu's founder Hironori Ohtsuka thought was the best from many different martial arts into one "superior" style. Wado takes a defensive position, teaching never to instigate a fight, but rather how to defend oneself.
Is Karate the same as Tae Kwon Do?
Two of the most widely known martial arts are Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Karate originated in Japan, while Tae Kwon Do is from Korea. While they are similar, the biggest difference is that Karate provides a well-rounded knowledge of kicks, punches and blocks, while Tae Kwon Do focuses mainly on kicks.