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Wadoryu - The Way of Harmony.
Understand Wado Sente...
Don't just do Karate - Do Wadoryu!
Serving our Local Communities with Authentic, Original and Traditional Wadoryu of British Wado Kai since 1976
It's not just a ‘life-skill’, it’s a ‘FOR-LIFE SKILL’!
Just turn up and train, no need to book. See our British Wadokai Club List for a Dojo near you!
All Gradings & Assessments are conducted within our local venues - No travelling away to grade!
UK Wado-ryu Karate! First introduced from Japan in 1963 (HQ established 1965)!
Interested in Club Affiliation? Please click on the British Wadokai Crest.
"The Way of Peace & Harmony"
First choice for authentic British Wadokai Karate, self-defence, traditional Wadoryu competition, fitness and self-improvement in the South and South West of England. The only authentic & traditional British Wadokai Karate in Plymouth and the Southwest.
Wado Karate is one of the most popular styles of Karate with well over 1,500,000 registered members in Europe alone.
The British Wadokai England Headquarters (Honbu) at the Plymouth Karate Club.
The Pomphlett & Plymstock Karate Club is the Honbu of British Wadokai & British Wadokai Southwest, and is under the direct guidance of Gary E Swift 8th Dan Hanshi.
Authentic British Wadokai Karate as Practised in the UK Since 1963.
"A 'life-skill', which is just as important today as it always has been!"
"Wado Karate - It's not just a ‘life-skill’, it’s a ‘FOR-LIFE SKILL’."
All are welcome; beginners as well as experienced. Adults - Children - Families!
Each student will be worthy of his grade as we reward those who work hard for their success - we do not 'give away' grades like so many of the modern, commercially-motivated and sport-karate orientated systems around today, we recognise hard work and dedication.
Although children are permitted to attend many of our training sessions they must understand that they may be training with (and will be required to behave like) adults at all times. What you will be learning is authentic and traditional Wadoryu Karate, not a Commercial or Sport-based Karate system - The syllabus we teach is not 'made-up along the way', it's the 'original' that was introduced from Japan in 1963.
Parents are also invited to train along with their children.
British Wadokai Southwest
A friendly Wado Karate group training in authentic and traditional British Wadokai Karate, Atemi-Jujutsu, self-defence, fitness and self-improvement in the West & South West of England.
Plymouth Karate Dojo
The benefits of Wado-ryu Karate training include:
4. Co-ordination and Concentration.
5. Focus of Mind & Body.
6. Respect for Self and Others.
7. Improve Health & Fitness.
Karate should not be expensive (see FAQs for details). Our Karate suits, available to Plymouth Schools & Clubs, are £16.50; which INCLUDES a white belt and embroidered/woven club badge.
Advancement student (kyu) gradings are £15, which INCLUDES a new belt and certificate. All Kyu Gradings are held at your own local Dojo.
If you are not sure whether Wadoryu Karate is for you then why not come along for a couple of classes to try? Remember, your first trial lesson is FREE!
Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page may also help answer many of your questions.
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Japanese Martial-Arts, Karate and Bowing.
Certain cultures and religious-superstitions may restrict participation in traditional Wadoryu Karate, due to the traditional respectful bowing procedures, etiquette and ceremonies required.
All participants are required to bow within the Dojo environment; please consider this before training within a British Wadokai Karate Dojo.
Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki makes a special appearance in the video, 'All The King's Horses', by the group 'Firm'.
Click on image to be taken directly to the Video Page.
Wa Do - Harmony Way
Wa No Ken - Harmony of Fist/Skill - Art
Wa No Kokoro - Harmony of Mind - Mind
Wa No Michi - Harmony of Body & Spirit - Way
"It is easier to be world champion in Kumite than it is to be world champion in Kihon... as there is no luck involved in Kihon performance." Ohtsuka Hironori Meijin.
British Wadokai Southwest. Working closely with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary and Special Branch to help make our community a safer place.
If you notice anything that you suspect may be connected with terrorist activity... don't hesitate...
Call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800-789321.
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Is your licence up-to-date?
Remember, if your Licence is out of date so will also be your insurance & membership. You will be unable to train, grade, compete or take part in any British Wadokai sanctioned activity. ARE YOU LICENSED? IT IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE A VALID LICENCE.
Applications from other organisations – Depending on origination (origin of style, certification, lineage, etc.) grades registered within your existing karate licence will be 'automatically' transferred to your new BWK Licence upon acceptance; Please include your present Licence (or photocopy) for British Wadokai records. Your Instructor will continue your grade commencement once you are in receipt of your new licence and are fully conversant with the requirements for progression.
Late Renewals - Firstly. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to keep their insurance, licence, membership up to date and valid. Secondly. It is considered 'negligent' for instructors to allow students to train without adequate insurance. You are placing yourself and your instructor at risk by training without insurance.
Check your Licence regularly and make sure to renew in plenty of time.