New Zealand

Dai Hanshi Edwin James Ward
DAI Hanshi Soke

Founder and leader of Funakoshi Ryu and Funakoshi Karate International

Soke Dai Hanshi Edwin James Ward started his Martial Arts career in South Africa in 1958 and studied under many of the top Martial Arts Masters in various Styles & disciplines in Japan. Edwin favored the Shotokan Style of Karate, but recognized the need for future development.

In 1966 , Edwin started the development of his own Karate Style. This new thinking Style afforded him the opportunities to create and advance his ideas in Karate. The style became very popular and soon grew to over 3000 students.

Edwin named the Style Funakoshi Ryu, in honor of the Great Karate Master Gichin Funakoshi. If Gichin Funakoshi were alive today, he would be proud of this system of Karate, named in his honor. Although many new advancements have been made in the Funakoshi Ryu style of Karate, we still adhere to the traditional Bushido Ethics.
The Funakoshi Ryu Style of Karate has proved its self in local and International Tournaments with excellent results. Funakoshi Karate is now practiced in many countries around the world.
In 1980 Edwin, moved to Canada, where he continued with his Martial Arts and the development of the Style, as well as introducing the style into Canada & the U.S.A.



Karate techniques are similar in most Styles. It's the system in which they are taught, that identifies a Style. As with all teaching systems a known syllabus is important. Funakoshi Ryu has a structured sequential training system. Incorporated into our system is the science of Kinetics and Bio Mechanics. Kinetics is the study of the forces that produce, arrest or modify the motions of the body. Kinetics is the application of Newton’s first and third law of inertia to body dynamics.
In exercise and sport, bio-mechanics a sub-division of dynamics dealing with the study of the forces causing or tending to cause changes at which reactions proceed
. The central starting point or foundation of Funakoshi Ryu, is our Kamae stance. This Kamae stance is more than a fighting position, it contains accurate head, body, arms, hands, leg & feet positions. This stance is a study by itself. All training techniques start from this position. This Kamae is used in all our training systems. Kihon, Saiten Kentai Waza, Shi-ho Geri Waza, Kata and Kumite. Many Styles have copied this Kamae and yet it is not in their Kihon and Kata.
This stance is an aggressive and defensive position. One could say this stance identifies Funakoshi Ryu.

In 1966 Funakoshi Ryu introduced to the Karate world our unique Junior Karate ranking system. All Junior ranks wear a white stripe through their belts, and the awarding of Junior Black Belts, with a white stripe through the belt.

Funakoshi Ryu has excellent training systems, with great emphasis placed on the detail and perfection of all Kihon techniques.
Our unique advanced Black Belt training syllabus caters for the advancement of karateka through the higher Dan rankings.

Funakoshi Ryu is a ongoing Style always looking to improve and advance with new Systems & Techniques.

The method used to train an Athlete 50 years ago, cannot be compared to the methods taught today.

Funakoshi Kobudo International teaches weapon training to students wishing to practice the disciplines of Bushido weaponry.
Edwin Ward Dai Hanshi has studied a variety of weapons and has developed systems of teaching these weapons, unique to Funakoshi Karate International students.

Dai Hanshi Edwin Ward

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