our Kamiza

The Kamiza is, literally, the place “where the spirits reside”. In the Japanese Shinto tradition it corresponds to the place of honour reserved for the kami, the tutelary deities of the family and the spirits that animate nature and the whole creation.

In a dojo, the Kamiza is the side where you can find the style’s emblem, the picture of the founder and the masters who most influenced the teachers of the school. They created the tradition along whose path the dojo walks.

Hironori Otsuka

Founder of Wado-ryu Karate. Grand Master of Shindo Yoshin-ryu Jujutsu, he learned karate from Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni and Motobu Choki. In the 1930s he founded the Wado-ryu style, by merging karate and jujutsu.

Yutaka Toyama

Student of Otsuka, he was among the masters he sent abroad to spread Wado-ryu. Active in Italy since the 1960s, I had the privilege of regularly following his trainings until 1984.

Gianni Mosconi

He was a pupil of Toyama, and founder of the legendary Wado Kan in Albano. He’s been the sensei of my youth. A brilliant and original teacher that had a great influence on me.

Roberto Danubio

In my opinion, the master of the Wado rebirth in Italy. A gifted budoka and a talented teacher, he’s considered one of the greatest Wado experts in the world. Tutor of the Wadokai’s Italian branch, Swiss Chief Instructor and author of a highly appreciated didactic book.

Giuseppe Carloni

Talented karateka and master, he is the chief instructor of WKSI – Wadokai Karatedo Shingitai Italia, JKF Wadokai’s branch. Great technical, martial and human reference point.

Maurizio paradisi

WKSI’s Chairman, he is one of the best Italian karate masters. He introduced Wado-ryu in Cuba, where he is now referred as Kyoshi. A great experienced and intelligent wadoka.

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