Bournemouth Karate Club (Wado Ryu)

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?

Don't be a robot

When we first learn karate or a new kata or pairwork combination, we start off learning the moves, the sequence and shapes. We all do it and that's a necessary stage, but once we have it a little more absorbed then we need to move away from just making shapes into something that is more dynamic and flowing.

We will be holding a Special Course over the weekend of April 29 and 30, 2017.

Being a small club we never got to host Shiomitsu Sensei teaching at our dojo. Unfortunately since his stroke, we don't think he will be able to teach again, but it is great to see him at the Summer and Winter courses, which always puts us on our toes.

I have decided that this year the club will host a two day course and invite the senior Wado Academy instructors to teach if they are available and our friends from around the UK and Europe to train and have fun together.

A big thank you to all those that attended.

We managed to raised just over £200 for Sensei Shiomitsu. People had travelled from Covertry, Devon and even Norway to be here and I am grateful to you all for making the effort.

We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas break and wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2017.

From tonight's session, we hope to start as we mean to go on. When we start training we are learning the shapes, which limbs go where but at some point soon after we need to have the mindset of trying to apply ourselves, with rigour and speed. Technique may waver a bit with the introduction of speed, but they we repeat and try to get better.

Unless we try and do things fast, with the risk of some failure, we will never get to the stage of doing anything fast. If we over-think things, sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

All I ask is that you try.