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.

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


Forthcoming courses to note:

Winter Course 2020 - Feb 22 to 26

Summer Course 2020 - July 25 to 29

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

Closure Dates:

Oct 10, Nov 7

Dec 26

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Gordon Fong Blog 733
Just before the Wado Academy Winter Course I annoyingly, very annoyingly, sustained another ankle injury and had to miss out on the week's training in Guildford. I also had the same kind of injury in the other foot at the back end of last year and might have to look into things. I did manage to make it down to Guildford for some beers and the camaraderie of others. That's still important. On the Sunday, even though I had the foot injury I took a chair and sat in the dojo to watch the second lesson. Arthur Meek sensei was taking the brown belts and below down the bottom end, which gave me a close up view of their training.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Gordon Fong Blog 777
Pinan Godan kata The first movement of Pinan Godan relies on the same lag of Pinan Sandan with regards to the leg following the core body movement. What I try to show in the video is that for the first turn, the angle is lead by the core body turn and you should be able to do 90, 180 or 270 degrees for example. It's not placing the foot first and then corkscrewing yourself into position. On the gyakuzuki, do not twist the hips even more, hips stay facing forward in "shomen" position at the punch is activated by the top right hand corner of the back. It's not to turn both shoulders in a basic way. Do not hold the punch back by having a tense shoulder.

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.