"You are not finished when you lose. You are finished when you quit."
Sensei Masaru Shintani

To receive the rank of SANDAN

  1. You must be minimum 25 years of age
  2. You must have been a Nidan at least 3 years of Active Training - see section "B" of the grading manual.
  3. You must attend a minimum of 2 Black Belt Clinics per calendar year and it must be recorded in your passbook.
  4. You must compete or participate in 2 SWKKF tournaments during your present rank in either event and it must be recorded in your passbook.
  5. You must know the following katas:
    1. Pinan Shodan
    2. Pinan Nidan
    3. Pinan Sandan
    4. Pinan Yodan
    5. Pinan Godan
    6. Kushanku
    7. Seishan
    8. Nahanchin
    9. Chinto
  6. Techniques to be performed:
    1. Basic techniques
    2. Combination block-counter
    3. Taisabaki movement
    4. Side stepping
    5. Fluency in combination techniques
    6. Two step or free style kumite
    7. Also see Grading Forms for complete details on Grading Techniques
  7. The individual must be of strong moral character and demonstrate mental and emotional maturity and should be reflected in their behavior.
  8. The individual must be able and willing to convey their knowledge of Wado Kai karate through example. An exceptional teacher must be able to bring the best out of all of their students and help continue to grow a strong federation as Sensei Masaru Shintani has set the foundation for.


The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation will be the premiere traditional karate and Shindo organization in North America, through the work of our highly skilled and dedicated instructors in developing unparalleled character, skill and pride in our students.


Honour • Excellence • Kindness • Humility


The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation is an inclusive organization modelling Shintani Sensei’s kindness and humility, through the teaching of his traditional karate and Shindo.

Last updated: August 21, 2017 | Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation © 2017