Bournemouth Wado Ryu Karate Club

Based in Bournemouth, Dorset our aim is to teach traditional Wado Ryu karate under the guidance of the Wado Academy (UK) and its Chief Instructor, Sensei Masafumi Shiomitsu, 9th Dan Hanshi.

Wado-Ryu karate is a Japanese Martial Art based upon a unique blend of Japanese Jujutsu (unarmed combat and controlling techniques), elements of Okinawan Karate and principles drawn from older schools of swordsmanship (Kenjutsu). This makes the syllabus a wide ranging set of components.

Is karate right for you? If you accept that gaining a credible black belt can take 6 or more years and that repetition is key to forging a worthy character and a lifetime in karate, then you are on your first steps. The Bournemouth area already has a number of high quality karate clubs in Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu and so on ad we are not here to compete against those. That first step is not a physical one. Please go and watch some lessons first and then choose somewhere that you are comfortable with the environment, fellow students and the instructors.

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The club is open to new beginners so please do come along and try one lesson for free. Lessons are £6 per session.


Forthcoming courses to note:

2017 Summer Course in Lymington: July 22-26


There is a special course to be held over the weekend of April 29 and 30, in Southbourne. All monies raised will be donated to Shiomitsu Sensei.

2pm-5pm at the Church Hall on Douglas Road, Southbourne.
11.45am-1.45pm at the Beehive Studio on Belle Vue Road, Southbourne.


Please note we will be CLOSED on the following dates. Please check regularly as they are subject to change.

Closure Dates:

Tuesday March 7th

Thursday March 9th

Thursday April 13th.

Monday, January 09, 2017 Gordon Fong Blog 168
We will be holding a Special Course over the weekend of April 29 and 30, 2017. Being a small club we never got to host Shiomitsu Sensei teaching at our dojo. Unfortunately since his stroke, we don't think he will be able to teach again, but it is great to see him at the Summer and Winter courses, which always puts us on our toes. I have decided that this year the club will host a two day course and invite the senior Wado Academy instructors to teach if they are available and our friends from around the UK and Europe to train and have fun together.
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Gordon Fong Blog 160
We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas break and wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2017. From tonight's session, we hope to start as we mean to go on. When we start training we are learning the shapes, which limbs go where but at some point soon after we need to have the mindset of trying to apply ourselves, with rigour and speed. Technique may waver a bit with the introduction of speed, but they we repeat and try to get better. Unless we try and do things fast, with the risk of some failure, we will never get to the stage of doing anything fast. If we over-think things, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. All I ask is that you try.

In Summary...

We are a small low key club training in the Wado Ryu style of Japanese karate.

Am I too old?

We teach 16 years and above. People can still start at any age, that's the beauty of good traditional karate.

What do I need to start?

Loose track suit bottoms and a t-shirt will do for starters.

How much does is it cost?

Thursday lessons are £6.