Grandmaster Hironori Ohtsuka II
present, there are only 12 Wado Ryu Sensei
teaching Wado Ryu outside of Japan, holding the rank of
7th Dan or above, and who are recognized by the
International Federation of Wado Ryu Karatedo Renmei.
these twelve studied technical skills and the philosophy
of Wado Ryu in Japan, departing with the ideal of
making known the art of Wado Ryu to the rest of the
world -- guiding all people to be valuable for society
through training in the philosophy and art of Wado Ryu.
of their labors have been realized over the course of
the past 40 years. Wado Ryu is growing greatly and has
become one of the largest karate organizations in the
world, with an international family of talented and
Patterson is one of those twelve. After he studied Wado
Ryu in Japan, he returned to his home country, and
established the first Wado Ryu dojo in the United
States, earning recognition as a most responsible
Sensei, overseeing the United States Eastern Wado Ryu
Karate Federation. Even with that recognition, he
continued over the years to further his education and
understanding of Wado Ryu; from my father, Hironori
Ohtsuka Meijin, and in these later years, from myself.
International Federation of Wado Ryu Karatedo Renmei
awarded Cecil T. Patterson the Ohtsuka Award -- as a man
of merit, and for his great contribution toward Wado Ryu."
By Kazutaka Ohtsuka
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