"Authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do in the South West of England"
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai was established in 1984 by the late T. Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi and his student Peter Hill 7th Dan Sensei. 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 and much respected M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi. Through the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy, Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-do Kai are also members of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, 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. To also educate the general public into the benefits of practicing the martial arts in a deep, serious and correct manner according to the traditions of Japanese Budo. The group above all is dedicated to the memory and wishes of its late founder Toru Takamizawa 7th Dan Kyoshi.
Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai's chief instructor is M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi who is the chief instructor in Europe for authentic Wado-Ryu Karate-Do has reconized by the Otsuka Soke (founding family). Shiomitsu Sensei as been a regular visitor to Devon for the past three decades. Both the late Otsuka Nidai Soke and particularly the current Sandai Soke have also visited Devon on a number of occasions over the years.
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 7th Dan Sensei together with a panel of four other senior grades from within our group who are 4th Dan or above.
Peter Hill as trained continuously for the past forty eight 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 has also studied with the Otsuka Soke (founding family) extensively for the past thirty years 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 H.Otsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan, together with a full panel of senior Japanese Sensei. Peter was awarded 5th Dan in 2001, 6th Dan in 2007 and ten years later in 2017 he was awarded 7th Dan. All these grades were awarded personally by Shiomitsu Sensei and endorsed by the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei, Japan. In 2014 with the personal wishes of Shiomitsu Sensei he was appointed onto the official Dan grading panel for the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy. Peter is now recognized as an international instructor having taught or demonstrated in various countries including Italy, Norway, Sweden, France, Holland, Germany and Japan.
Dan Grade examinations are taken on either the annual Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy International Summer Course held this coming year in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset or the International Winter Course at the Spectrum Centre, Guildford, Surrey with the grading panel of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy appointed personally by M.Shiomitsu 9th Dan Hanshi. Attempting examinations in this manner is a tradition Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai started 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.