Wado Ryu uses the force of the attacker against him (or her…), combining kicks and punches from Okinawa karate with the soft yielding techniques, joint locks, and throwing techniques of jujutsu. The name wado has two parts: ‘wa’ and ‘do’. ‘Wa’ is a word that means something like ‘harmony’ or ‘peace’. Harmony is found when the defender moves in accord with the attacker. Harmony is also found in moving in accordance with the forces of nature. At the same time ‘wa’ can refer to ‘Japan’, to indicate wado is a Japanese style of karate. The ‘do’ part of wado can be translated as ‘way’. So wado means ‘the way of harmony’. If you’d like to learn more come join. Overall, Karate will improve your focus, strength and balance while helping you de-stress and deepen your martial arts knowledge.
Guseikai Karate Vancouver
Sensei Bob Mooney
Main dojo address
Willingdon Community Centre 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
All ranks up to 2nd Dan and ages over 10, some under 10 accepted after screening.
Speciality training available?
Bob facilitates, schedules and trains with the TSYR Study Group Vancouver.
Other speciality training
Chief instructor Credentials
JKF WADO KAI Dan rank
Other style Dan rank
Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan
Years Teaching Wado Kai karate as of 2019
Years practicing Wado Kai Karate as of 2019
Most influential teacher
Norma Foster, Toru Arakawa, Hideho Takagi
Other related qualifications (e.g. provincial team coach
Karate BC regional kata and kumite judge under the auspices of Karate BC
Member of Provincial Sport Organization
Current police and Vulnerable Sector Checks (date and agency providing check)
Yes – Coquitlam RCMP
Other principal instructors
Fuji Mooney – Nidan Shane Atienza – Shodan
Principal Instructor Biography
Bob has trained with Norma Foster, Nanadan (7th degree black belt) since 2000, attaining the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt). Additionally, he holds a level 1 NCCP coaches’ certification with part B theory of competition and is a licensed Karate BC regional kata and kumite judge under the auspices of Karate BC. Bob holds memberships in the Canadian Zenkuren Wado Kai Association which is the Canadian headquarters of the Japan Karate Federation Wadokai (JKF Wadokai), Karate Canada, Karate BC and Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan. In addition to his training in karate, Bob trains traditional Okinawan weapons with William Cheung at Dunbar Community Centre in Vancouver and is ranked Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan under Hiroshi Akamine and trains Eishin Ryu Iaido with Farshad Ardestani at Aikido Yoshinkai located in Burnaby. Bob facilitates, schedules and trains with the TSYR Study Group Vancouver. Bob is the owner of Guseikai Karate Vancouver and has been training kids, teens and adults in Burnaby since 2011 and provides basic karate and martial arts physical movement training as part of school outreach programs offered by Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre and since 2012 teaches the Karate recreation program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) located at the Burnaby campus.