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About Renshi Stanly Cruz

Founder

Renshi Stanly Cruz

The Late Renshi Stanly Cruz is the Founder of Wado Kai in India. Back in the early 1970s, when he was employed in Air India, he was also a dedicated Body Builder. He won several Laurels and Honours such as prestigious Body Building Championship titles like ‘Mr. Bombay’, ‘Mr. Maharashtra’, ‘Most Muscular Man in Maharashtra’ to name a few. Apart from the Herculean task of building a big, strong and muscular body, he was also learning Karate in Mumbai at the same time, making his body not only strong, but also a flexible and lethal weapon.

Renshi Stanly Cruz was the first Karate Teacher in India to hold a Cultural Visa, and in 1976, he moved to Japan to learn JKF Wado Kai Karate under the Late Hanshi Toru Arakawa. Among his fellow Teammates at the time, were multiple-time WKF and JKF Champions like Seiji Nishimura, Toshiaki Maeda, Murasai, among several other such giants. In the time he spent training in Japan, he attended and benefited from several JKF Karate Seminars, and achieved proficient mastery over Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Following this, in the early 1980s, he brought great pride to his nation by bagging the Silver Medal at Kumite, in the highly distinguished Japan Championship.

In 1982, he commandered the reins of fate and brought JKF Wado Kai to the shores of India. Having established his name in the history books of the world, he went on to establish and spread the teachings of Wado Ryu Karate in the Southern and North-Eastern parts of India. Under the proud banner of ‘Arakawa Stanly Wado Kai India’ were created, several Karate Warriors and Champions at all levels including District, State and National levels in India.

He is fondly revered and remembered not only for his pioneering feats in Karate, but also his abundance of knowledge and applied wisdom. In his own words, “A Maths teacher teaches Maths. A Science teacher teaches Science. A Karate teacher teaches Life”, is synonymous with how he lived as a prime example.

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