The Wado-Ryu Academy

The Westchester Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy is a proud member dojo (school) of the international Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy and its American branch, the American Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy (AWKA). The mission of the Wado Academy is to teach the highest level of Wado-Ryu.

 

The American Wado Academy was founded in America by Sensei Tyrone Pardue, 6th Dan, a long time Wado-Ryu student from Ireland where he trained exclusively with Masafumi Shiomitsu, Yoshihiko Iwasaki, and Tatsuo Suzuki from 1975 to 2003. Sensei Pardue has been practicing Wado-Ryu continuously for over 35 years and was a successful competitor, winning national and international titles in both Kata (Forms) and Kumite (Fighting). Sensei Pardue visits Los Angeles twice a year (usually in December and June) to offer expert instruction and preside over gradings (belt tests) at Westchester Wado-Ryu.

 

Shiomtsu Sensei Maegeri

Tyrone and Sensei Shiomitsu

Wado Academy and AWKA President,
Sensei Masafumi Shiomitsu, 9th Dan, Hanshi

Sensei Tyrone Pardue (left)
and Shiomitsu Sensei (right)

 

The Wado Academy was founded by its Chief Instructor, Sensei Masafumi Shiomitsu, 9th Dan. Shiomitsu Sensei was an original student of Wado-Ryu founder Hironori Ohtsuka, and he was also one of the first Japaense instructors to bring karate to the Western world in the early 1960s. He now spends most of the year travelling to teach Wado-Ryu all around the world.

The instructor of Westchester Wado-Ryu is Greg Rubinson, 3rd Dan, who has been practicing Wado-Ryu for over 20 years.