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The Canada Zenkuren Wado Karate Association | CZWKA

The Canadian ZenKuRen Wado Karate Association (CZWKA) is the Canadian Headquarters for JKF Wado Kai in Canada approved by the Japan Karate Federation Wado-Kai.

The C.Z.W.K.A. was established during 1998 at the request of senior Directors of the JKF Wado Kai Headquarters in Tokyo, for an authentic, Wado Kai organization that is directly affiliated with JKF Wado Kai Headquarters and with Karate Canada. The founding directors were Ms. Norma Foster (Vancouver, BC), Mr. Roger Bartosh (Montreal, QC), Mr. Flavio Iammarino (Niagara Falls, ON) and Mr. Barry Welch (Calgary, AB). 

It is the only association recognized by the JKF Wado-Kai as teaching authentic Wado Kai karate in Canada.

We are a vibrant national non-profit corporation federally registered in Ottawa by letters patent. We presently have JKF WADO KAI approved branches in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

The Association provides its members with quality technical instruction, training and competitive opportunities in Canada, the U.S.A. and Japan.

Our members can attempt examinations for Dan (black belt) grades, Instructor certifications, and Referee certifications. Practical examinations for Dan grades up to third degree proceed in Canada.

The CZWKA maintains close relationships with other karate associations, athletes, and coaches within Canada and beyond, which enables its members to access a high quality of technical leadership and training.  Our members can visit numerous Wadokai clubs in Japan and compete in large tournaments, including the Wadokai World Cup. We are a mixture of peoples, backgrounds, gender and creeds, and we welcome all who wish to study karate to join us.