Wado Ryu

Wado Ryu Karate is a relaxed style of karate, which is all about using the body and ‘minimal effort’ to defend yourself.

Wado Ryu Karate was founded by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei in 1934. Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado Ryu after studying the Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu, and Shotokan (another style of Karate). This combination, according to Ohstuka Sensei, is ‘a softer, more natural means of self-protection.’

Our club is part of the Wado Academy, which is headed by Sensei Shiomitsu. You can read a brief history of the club here.

Kingstanding Leisure Centre (Dulwich Road, B44 0EW) at 6:30pm

The Club

The class starts at 6:30pm every Thursday and lasts for an hour. Higher grades will be invited to train for an extra hour as they progress.

The cost is £3.50 per week and we have special deals for families training together.

We have the privilege of having several dan grades who teach regularly at our club, all of whom are Fully Enhanced CRB Checked and Cleared to work with Children and Vunerable Adults.


If you would like to join our club, come along to the Kingstanding Leisure Centre on Thursday to watch or try it out. The first lesson is free, so you have nothing to lose. Please arrive just before class starts, around 6:20pm.

The minimum age for joining is 6 years old and the child must be able to know left from right. Parents/Guardians are asked not to watch unless the child will not train otherwise, as it can distract the child and the rest of the class. If you have any medical conditions, please tell us as we need to be aware of them. If Asthmatic please bring inhaler.

The club runs all year round, except for two weeks Christmas. We also organise occasional social events throughout the year, which all students and parents are invited to.


This is a one off fee of £20 (child, up to and including 15 years old) or £25 (adult, 16+ years old). This cost includes the suit.

After a certain grade, some students are invited to attend for two classes. The second hour is a more in depth session that focuses on the higher grade syllabus. The cost for two sessions is now £6, or for a family of 3 it is £12 – saving £2.25.

Gradings cost £15. This includes the cost of that week’s class, a certificate and belt. For grading, you will require an up-to-date licence.

The Wado Academy Licence, which must be obtained within 6 weeks of joining the club, is a yearly cost of £18 (child) or £26 (adult). The licence includes a student’s personal details, kyu grade history, medical information, courses attended etc, it also contains a student’s individual registration to the English Karate Federation.

More than just a karate club

It’s not all just karate. Well, most of it is, but we also see the club as a community. Everyone is welcome and we like to have a friendly atmosphere.

We socialise and get to know each other too, with an annual Christmas meal and occasional outings. It’s a good chance for the students and instructors to mix whilst enjoying some good food.