Masaru Shintani: The Making of a Modern Canadian Karate Master
This article looks at the life of Japanese/Canadian karate pioneer, Masaru Shintani, from his birth in Vancouver, British Columbia, until his death in Kapuskasing, Ontario. After more than thirty years of teaching, Shintani created one of the largest karate organizations in North America with over 27,000 members. Shintani also invented Shindo, a martial art facilitating the use of an ancient weapon, the short stick, with modern techniques. For this article, many of Shintani’s senior students helped to reconstruct his life and explain his complex personality with recollections of their teacher. From the beginning of his karate training in an internment camp, to the eventual achievement of 9th-degree black belt, Masaru Shintani epitomized the modern karate master.
Adachi, K. (1991). The enemy that never was. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.
Clubb, E. (1978). 20th century China. New York: Columbia University Press.
Corcoran, J. & Farkas, E. & Sobel, S. (1993). The original martial arts encyclopedia. Los Angeles, CA: Pro-Action Publishing.
Eliott, J. (2000, 12 de mayo). Obituary: Karate master’s credo of peace and harmony will live on. Hamilton Spectator.
Farkas, E. & Corcoran, J. (1983). The Overlook martial art dictionary. New York: The Overlook Press.
Fodor’s (1991). Canada. New York: Fodor’s Travel Publications.
Frederic, L. (1988). A dictionary of the martial arts. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle.
Hane, M. (1992). Modern Japan ~ A historical survey. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
McCarthy, P. (1999). Ancient Okinawan martial arts – Koryu uchinadi, vol. 2. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle.
Reynolds, K. (2006, enero). Shindo Federation of North America Sept. Grading 2005. En The Harmonizer, Offi cial Newsletter of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation, 10(1).
Sells, J. (2000). Unante ~ The secrets of karate. 2nd edition. Hollywood, CA: W.M. Hawley.
Shintani, M. & Reid, G. (1998). Wado-kai karate-Kata. Wado-Kai Karate Association of Canada Victoria, British Columbia.
Shintani, M. (2005). DVD. Katas – Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation, Vol. 2. Omni Media Productions.
Warrener, D. (1981, abril-mayo). Masaru Shintani ~ Wado Ryu karate master. Martial Arts World, 4(2).
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2012 Robert Toth
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
The authors who publish in this journal must agree to the following terms:
- The authors grant on a nonexclusive basis the exploitation rights (reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation) of the work accepted for publication to the University of León. The authors can establish, on their own, additional agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work published in the journal (for example, placing it in an institutional repository or publishing it in a book), always acknowledging the initial publication in this journal.
- This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Click to see basic information and the legal text of the license.
- The authors are allowed and encouraged to disseminate electronically pre-print or post-print versions of their work before publication, as this can give rise to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and increased citing of the works published.