Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

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APOLOGIES: some of you might have been emailing me at my club email address, but unfortunately I had that folder hidden and did not see them in time.

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 £7 per session on Tuesday 8pm-9pm and Thursday night 8pm-9.30pm.

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

Closure Dates:

July 28

August 11 and 25

September 8

December 29

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

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Latest Blog Articles

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Gordon Fong Blog 317
I have done a little video to cover the main points I try to bear in mind when teaching and training, when it comes to punching and the main four blocks.
Monday, May 22, 2023 Gordon Fong Blog 498
This is a talk through of Wado Ryu Pinan Sandan kata with me picking out the main training points that I bear in mind.
Thursday, February 10, 2022 Gordon Fong Blog 776
This is a video of me slowing running through Wado Ryu Pinan Nidan kata, at a pace where I am still overcoming tight ankles, lack of flexibility and having had Covid just after the new year. You will see the flow of the kata and me working on some finer details as well as ideas that have come to my head.

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.