The Meaning of Wado

Although the word wado is generally taken as meaning ‘the way of peace/harmony’, its precise meaning is open to debate. The various meanings of Wa are softness or gentleness, the state of being mixed together, to soften, to calm, to harmonize, to add, or even Japanese. Baring in mind that the symbols for karate can also mean ‘Chinese hand’ (as opposed to ‘empty hand’), Sensei Ohgami suggests that the idea of being Japanese as opposed to Okinawan or Chinese was an important one for early wado stylists.

The Essence of Wado

The wado style of karate can be thought of as the progeny of Okinawan karate and Japanese ju-jutsu and kendo. From Okinawan karate comes the hard punches and kicks, and from ju-jutsu and kendo the use of body movement and joint locks and pins.

Master Otsuka viewed the hardness of other styles of karate as an uneconomical use of one’s energy, therefore he developed a relaxed-arm thrust punch coupled with a snap withdrawal of the punching fist to create a highly focused technique with all the energy being concentrated solely in the strike.

The following is a quote from the program for the 25th Anniversary Wa no Kizuna Tournament:

"Ju-jutsu brings two attributes to the practice of Wado: shimeru and atemi. The principle of ‘ju’ signifies flexibility through yielding. A characteristic of ju known as ‘riding’ (noru) is a major contributor to Wado’s powerful, snapping punches. Through complete relaxation, a rapid flexing strike can be applied and withdrawn in a single movement, resulting in astounding force with a minimal expenditure of energy. By employment of such a punch, the practitioner is in constant readiness to strike again.

A relaxed stance suggests a second principle of ‘ju’ called ‘flowing’ - an adaptability similar to water which naturally takes the form of any container. Wado is exemplified by its gentleness and flexibility. Gentleness implies attention to accuracy of footwork, timing and use of hands.

The fixed forms of Wado teach numerous seemingly delicate, but effective, hand and elbow strikes. Wado’s principle of flexibility through yielding can be applied to intellectual endeavours as well as self-defence."

Källa: http://www.linacre.ox.ac.uk/soc_pages/karate/wado.htm

Wado principer

Inasu Blockera och kontra i samma rörelse
Irimi Entering Techniques
Maai Att bedöma det rätta avståndet och tiden mellan dig och din motståndare
Nagasu Undanmanöver för att undvika attack
Noru Attackera när motståndarens hastighet framåt är som störst
Nage Waza Kastteknik hämtade från Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jiujitsu
Ni Sente Nashi Aldrig först att attackera
Go No Sen Försvarare blockerar och kontrar efter motståndarens attack
Sen No Sen Försvarare blockerar och kontrar samtidigt efter motståndarens attack
Sen Sen No Sen Försvararen contrar innan motståndaren påbörjar sin attack
Yasume Var alltid avslappnad utom i ögonblicket strax före en teknik genomförs
Tai Sabaki Undanmanöver för att undvika attack
Zanshin Konstant uppmärksamhet mot omgivningen
 Inga onödiga rörelser
Mudana no Chikara Ingen onödig styrka/kraft
Mudana no Iroki Inga onödiga rörelser
Mudana no Waza Inga onödiga tekniker

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