Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

Bournemouth Karate - Wado Ryu

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 and 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. We may not be for you.

You can join us on Twitter: BournemouthWado or like our page on Facebook: bournemouth.karate

The club is open to new beginners. Lessons are £6 per session on Thursday night 8pm-9.30pm.


Forthcoming courses to note:


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

Closure Dates:

Oct 24 and 26.

Nov 9.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Gordon Fong Blog 551
In karate training we all start of in a simplistic way, learning sequences of techniques, start points and end points. Over time, the finer details and precision matter, as maybe our speed and physicality diminishes. A pet hate I have is the second and third movements of Pinan Sandan when executing the motions of Jodan Gaiwan Uke (Soto Uke) and Gedan Barai simultaneously with both arms. It irks me when people make the strange two-arm flapping movement, that hardly covers any protective area in front of the body.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Gordon Fong Blog 319
Bowing is very much part of Japanese cultural etiquette, and there is a lot that could be written about etiquette but I will leave it to you to search on the Ogasawara school of etiquette. The very quick topic I wanted to cover in this blog is bowing during your pairwork practice, with a partner or a stream of partners.

In Summary...

We are a small local club training in the Wado Ryu style of Japanese karate. We focus on health, steady improvement, and good basic movement that you can use for the rest of your life.

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. After a few weeks you can purchase a white karate suit.

How much does is it cost?

Thursday lessons are £6 for the one and a half hour session.