Wado Canada’s technical director Saiko
Shihan Gregory Reid has breathed and lived karate for most of his life
– as a young karate-ka, a world-class competitor and an
In 1996, he was named by Top
Master Masaru Shintani as his successor
in Wado-Kai Karate-do worldwide as well as supreme instructor.
Shintani Sensei, who was appointed head of
all Wado Karate-do in North America by Wado founder Grand Master Hironori Otsuka in 1968, died in
Born on Sept. 15, 1959 in Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Saiko Shihan Reid spent a number of
years as a young boy practising Kodokan Judo and a variety of other
Japanese martial arts, before starting his karate training in the early
1970s under Shotokan Masters Anthony and Stephan Parris.
At about the same time, he trained in Wado
Karate as his second style, and Japanese Kobudo, weaponry. He
specialized in the Bo, the Sai and the Sword.
Throughout his karate career, Saiko Shihan
Reid has travelled extensively, competing, studying and teaching karate.
He competed both individually and on teams,
and won regional, international and world-class tournaments in the
Caribbean, North America, Europe and Japan.
Saiko Shihan Reid trained under legendary
karate teachers, many of whom have since died, including Hironori
Otsuka, Nakayama, Kanazawa, Miakami, Tabata, Miyazaki, Suzuki, Maeda,
Nakazato, Akamine, Takeda and Shiroma.
After migrating to Canada in late 1976, he
started training under the guidance of Top Master Shintani, and spent
the next years training and competing, travelling and demonstrating on
behalf of Top Master
He retired from competition in 1981 and
moved to Victoria, British Columbia, to establish Wado in that
In 1993, Reid Sensei trained the Canadian
National Wado-Kai Team for the 1994 Wado-Kai Nationals as well as the
Wado-Kai World Karate-do Cup, both held in Tokyo, Japan.
He left Canada from 1995 to 1997 for the
Caribbean, again teaching, travelling and working security.
On May 24th 1997, Sensei Greg
returned to Ontario to visit Master Shintani, at which time he was
tested and given his 8th Dan certificate to take effect May
2005 for his dedication and promotion of Wado karate-do.
In 1997 Saiko Shihan Reid was appointed
technical director for the Wado Karate Association of Canada, and
continues to teach Wado karate and Shindo Kobudo at his headquarters in
Victoria. He is also head instructor of CASK Shiai.
In 1998, Reid Sensei and Top Master
Shintani wrote the definitive text on Wado kata as taught by founder
Hironori Otsuka – Wado-Kai Karate Kata.
It was published by the Wado Karate Association of Canada.
Saiko Shihan Reid lives by the harmonious
philosophy that "we are all family in Karate-do." To this end he is
willing to teach and help anyone who truly wants to learn Karate.