Master Hironori Otsuka II

Jiro Otsu­ka, Mas­ter of Wado Ryu Karate.
Feb­ru­ary 24, 1934 — June 26, 2015

Master Jiro Otsuka

Mas­ter Hironori Otsu­ka II

Jiro Otsu­ka was born on Feb­ru­ary 24, 1934 in Tokyo, Japan. He grad­u­at­ed from Mei­ji Uni­ver­si­ty in Tokyo, Japan, receiv­ing a degree in Eco­nom­ics. Otsu­ka and his wife, Aiko have three chil­dren: Kazu­ta­ka, born in 1965, a daugh­ter Riki, born in 1967 and younger son Michi, born in 1968. Kazu­ta­ka has trained in Iai­do, Judo and Wado and is present­ly the chief instruc­tor at the main dojo in Tokyo, Riki has trained in Iai­do and Wado

Jiro began his train­ing in Wado Ryu karate at the age of fif­teen. He has trained in Iai­do, Kendo, Judo, Aiki­do, Ken­po, Shin­do Yoshin Ryu Jujit­su and Wado. A unique fea­ture of Wado Ryu is that the posi­tion of Grand Mas­ter is still hand­ed down from the cur­rent Mas­ter to the next gen­er­a­tion fam­i­ly mem­ber who is most deserv­ing of the title. This hered­i­tary sys­tem was once preva­lent in ancient Japan but is not seen today.

Jiro Otsuka Wado Ryu Karate DemonstrationIn 1982, upon the death of his father, he took over as head mas­ter and pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Wado Ryu Karate Do orga­ni­za­tion. He also assumed his father’s name. His com­mit­ment is “To strive to achieve his father’s great­ness.” His num­ber one con­cern for the future of the mar­tial arts, is that, we need to devel­op more stu­dents of char­ac­ter. Under his super­vi­sion there are present­ly over 1,000 dojos, with a mem­ber­ship of 40,000, through­out the world.

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