Hironori Otsuka, who was already a black belt and instructor of jujutsu, immediately became a student of Funakoshi. In 1928 Funakoshi made Otsuka his assistant instructor.
Otsuka broke away from Funakoshi and founded Wado Ryu Karate in 1934.
Masaru Shintani was a Japanese Canadian who started training in the martial arts in 1941. He further dedicated his time to training with
Akira Kitagawa while they were both in an internment camp during
World War II. By the 1950's Shintani was a 6th degree black belt
competing in tournaments in Japan where he was noticed by Hironori Otsuka. Shintani became a student under Otsuka and the two became close friends. Otsuka appointed Shintani as the head of the Wado system for North America.
Upon Shintani’s return to Canada he started teaching Wado out of Hamilton Ontario. Barry Lane became a student of Shintani in 1966 and continued to train under him until Shintani’s death in 2000.
Barry Lane started a full time martial arts school called Highland Karate in 1990. The school is flourishing to this day under the name of the name Highland Mixed Martial Arts.
Troy Ashbaugh started training with Lane
in 1991. Sensei Ashbaugh had the
privilege to train with Lane and Shintani.
In 2012, Hanshi Lane 8th Dan awarded the
rank of 6th Dan to both Anthony Turner
and Troy Ashbaugh.
We take pride in having been trained by people who were so
close to the source of Wado and the art of Karate in general.
Anthony Turner and Troy Ashbaugh take great pride in the lineage of their
rank. Although the roots of karate go back in time, the founder of karate
as it is known today is widely accepted as Gichin Funakoshi who brought
the art from Okinawa to Japan 1922.
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