Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

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NOTE: The club is finally starting back at St Katharines Church on Thursday 23rd September

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.

The club is open to new beginners. Lessons are £6 per session on Tuesday 8pm-9pm and Thursday night 8pm-9.30pm.

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

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WINTER COURSE: February 19th-23rd, 2022 Guildford.

Training Term Dates at St Katharines Church:

23 September till 16 December 2021

6 Jan 2022 till 7 April

28 April till 21 July

Summer onwards to be confirmed


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

Closure Dates:

7th Oct, 2nd Dec, 23rd Dec, 30th Dec

14 April, 21 April

28 July



Latest Blog Articles

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Gordon Fong Blog 42
When you see "taisabaki" translated many people call it Body Shifting but it is more appropriately Body Management. It's not just about moving completely out the way as ideally the movement that you make provides safety from an attacked, but also keeps you close enough to make your attack to. We try to avoid getting out of their distance and then having to come back into attacking distance. If you can move and counter attack at the same time, then that is great. Taisabaki doesn't have to be all stiff and upright. The movement is caused by an urgency to react and be safe against an incoming attack, whether it is jodan, chudan or gedan. You can flex and move accordingly. For example, in Wado Ryu Kihon Kumite 4 and 8, your head is moving here and there in reaction to the jodan attack. The body is not bolt upright.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Gordon Fong Blog 58
There are a few people who remain exceptionally great at kicking as they grow older. There's no such thing as natural ability, just sheer hard work and practice. For many of us our flexibility and capability can decline through old age or a bit of laziness like on my part. It does mean we have to think differently and perform more efficiently. This video covers the lower kicks we can do and remain just as effective. This is just in the context of dojo sparring and health through training. It's not meant to be an MMA beating or WKF championship strategy.
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 Gordon Fong Blog 100
For those that don't do Wado Ryu karate, and even for those that do, gyakuzuki no tsukkomi is a strange beast. Nobody punches like that... people will say. What are we doing, punching midgets in the face? Personally I think there is a lot more in it. In Wado Ryu karate we have a range of basic punches that we practice which are related. My feeling is that we start with Junzuki, then Junzuki no tsukkomi and then that leads to Nagashizuki. Same with Gyakuzuki, Gyakuzuki no tsukkomi and then Nagashi gyakiuzuki.

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.