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.

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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.

Friday, September 15, 2017 Gordon Fong Blog 100
I find teaching karate very enjoyable and rewarding. Frustrating sometimes, but that’s because I want everyone to do the best they can and progress. Teaching a larger class also has its difficulties as there will be a range of abilities, but also trying to spread techniques and syllabus work is time consuming. Because what we are doing is not “karatecise” or “kick punch fit”, it’s not alternative to some spin class, there are nuances to it and different things to different body types which can be difficult to explain in broad strokes to everyone.
Friday, September 08, 2017 Gordon Fong Blog 299
Over the years I’ve had people tell me that the difference between their style and Wado Ryu is that our stances are shorter and we block jodan for shuto uke. Really, that’s decades of development and progress by the original founder to be distilled down to two main visual points. Is that the best that people can offer?

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.