“The way of the martial arts is not
an ordinary thing.  It is to master peace
and to desire harmony.”

– Hironori Otsuka

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The Wado Lumsden Karate Club, established by Sensei Steve Franck (4th Dan) in 1994, strives to keep the Wado tradition alive. Sensei Steve has been a Wado karateka since 1985, and is also a retired RCMP officer and self-defense instructor.

New members are always welcome.


For more information,
please do not hesitate to contact:

Sensei Steve Franck
Telephone: 306-731-3076

Season begins: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Registration will take place the same night.

Class Time: Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 pm

Dojo Location: Lumsden Centennial Hall
(40 3rd Avenue, Lumsden, SK)



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The Wado Karate Association of Canada is a federally-incorporated non-profit society established to teach Wado karate and physical well-being and fitness, and to promote the growth of Wado.

It was formed in response to the demand for an authentic national organization in Canada to preserve for future generations the heritage of Wado karate as founded in Japan in 1934 by Grand Master Hironori Otsuka.

The Wado Canada is not affiliated with any other organization. It oversees the teaching of traditional Wado karate according to the curriculum established by its technical committee, headed by technical director Saiko Shihan Reid, 8th Dan.

In keeping with the character of a federation, each school operates independently, yet all are bound by the common ideals set forth in the Wado Canada constitution. Wado Canada wants to be in harmony with all Karate styles and organizations.




Wado, meaning the way to peace and harmony, is one of the four major styles of karate in Japan and was founded in 1934 by Grand Master Hironori Otsuka.

It is perhaps the purest form of karate-do (the way of the empty hands).

Wado is in essence a primary combination of Gichin Funakochi’s Shurite karate and Tasusaburo Nakayama’s Shindo Yoshinryu jujutsu, incorporating some techniques from the Japanese Kobudo.

Some of the harsher resistive or hard contact elements of sparring technique, typical of many karate styles, are not present in Wado.

Grand Master Otsuka rejected hardening certain parts of the body, such as hand conditioning, as useless preparation.

The aim of Wado karate is not merely perfection of the physical techniques of self-defense but the development of a mind that is tranquil yet alive, able to react intuitively to any situation.

In Wado, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, as well as the virtues of self-control, respect for others, and true humility.

In his book Wado Ryu Karate, Otsuka Sensei notes, “The path of martial arts is the path of peace. By mastering the path of martial arts, which is the path of peace and desiring the path of peace consequently, is indeed the true path of the martial arts. The essence of the path of martial arts lies in the peace and happiness of all human beings.”





Karate classes are challenging and provide workouts for both mind and body.

If character, honour, loyalty, humility and the many other values that training may develop in a student are the spirit of karate, then technique is the flesh, blood and bones of our art.

The spirit must have a body in order to live.

Classes typically begin with a warm-up designed to improve the strength, endurance, and flexibility of the major muscle groups. Following the warm-up, one of the following activities will be practiced:

  • Waza – These are the fundamental karate techniques that form the basis of all karate training. They include various punches, strikes, blocks, kicks and combinations.
  • Kata – (Forms) are the heart and soul of Karate. A kata is the systematic use of defensive (bogyo) and offensive (kogeki) techniques used against several imaginary opponents.
  • Kumite – Perhaps the most dynamic part of karate training, kumite (sparring) is practised in controlled and safe, but realistic manner to correctly learn stepping and dodging, different stances and positions, and basic techniques of attack and defence with a partner.

All karate students engaging in kumite are required to have the respect and discipline necessary to maintain a high degree of safety.




The emphasis on developing the whole body through regular exercise and training make karate an excellent means of promoting good general health and fitness.

The application of the self-defense techniques builds confidence and promotes personal security.

Highly dynamic, karate makes balanced use of the various body muscles, provides excellent all-around exercise and develops coordination and agility.

Further benefits include improved self-discipline, strength and flexibility.

Karate training helps students develop practical self-defense skills in a controlled atmosphere, and is an excellent way to relieve stress.

Karate, like most martial arts, is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical.



Affiliated Saskatchewan Clubs

Moosomin Karate Club
MacLeod Elementary School gymnasium
1016 Gordon St.
Moosomin, Saskatchewan
Contact: Sensei Nick Hudym
Telephone: 306-645-2057
Visit their Facebook page here.

National Organizations

Canadian Associated Schools of Karate-Do
Canadian Headquarters

James Bay Community Centre
140 Oswego Street
Victoria, BC V8V 2B1
Telephone: 250-889-9236


Contact: Sensei Steve Franck
Telephone: 306-731-3076

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References: Some of the information on this page was taken from the Wado Karate Association of Canada web site at www.wado.ca