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.

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We train every Thursday evening at Kingstanding Leisure Centre from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

The cost is £5 per session and we have special deals for families of three or more training together.

Higher grades will be invited to train for an extra hour as they progress. The cost for two classes is £8.

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 Vulnerable Adults.

The club runs all year round, except for a break at Christmas.


We believe that everybody has the right to train and our dojo is open to all ages (above 6), genders and races.

Processes are also put in place to ensure that the dojo is a safe environment and students are able to train safely.

For more information on how we do this, please read our policies.