Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi



Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi

Tatsuo Suzuki started training with Hironori Otsuka, the founder of Wado Ryu karate, at the age of 14. After six years of studying karate Suzuki Sensei was awarded 3th Dan and in 1951 he was awarded 5th Dan, the highest grade in Wado Ryu at that time.

In 1963, Hironori Otsuka sent Tatsuo Suzuki to spread Wado Ryu karate around the world

From 1965 Suzuki Sensei formed the first Wado-Ryu Federation in England and from his base in London expanded throughout Europe. He brought students from Japan, taught them how to be instructors and sent them to various countries in Europe. In a few years the Wado Ryu Karate style became very popular in Europe. Suzuki Sensei was responsible for spreading Wado Ryu karate throughout Europe and America.

In 1975 he received the 8th Dan, the highest grade of the Japan Karate Federation and the Wadokai. In that year, he also received the highest title "Hanshi". In Wado Ryu the only other person with that title was Hironori Otsuka Sensei

In 1991 Suzuki Sensei decided to form his own international federation to safeguard the essence of Wado Ryu as taught to him by his teacher Otsuka

Tatsuo Suzuki met Eleni Labiri in April 1986 and they formed a relationship both emotionally and mutually with their dedication to karate. They lived and trained together from 1994 and they married in 1997. Eleni accompanied, trained and assisted her husband worldwide untill he passed away in 2011. Tatsuo Suzuki died in his home in London on the 12th July 2011