Wadokai Southwest was established in 2002 when Gary Swift Hanhi opened the first clubs in the region with St Breward, St Tudy and Blisland (Cornwall). After a further move to Plymouth, in 2004, the following Plymstock Karate Club and Pomphlett Karate Clubs were opened, which have subsequently merged to form the Pomphlett Wadoryu Karate Club at the Pomphlett Church.
The symbol of Wadokai Southwest (above) shows a shield with the English Dragon on a red background, the original symbol of pre-Norman England (now associated as the crest of Wessex), with the two most largest and influential rivers of the Southwest, the River Tamar and River Avon under. Bottom left shows the crest of British Wadokai and bottom right shows the symbol of 'coins' for Cornwall (often referred to as the 'King's Ransom').
History of the coins: The coat of arms of the Duke of Cornwall is a Crusader shield on which are displayed 15 golden bezants (gold coins) in the shape of a triangle with the motto "One and All".
The story of the 15 bezants occurs during the Crusades when the Duke of Cornwall was captured by the Saracens. A ransom of 15 bezants (bezants being gold coins named after Byzantium) was demanded. The people of Cornwall to raised the money for the ransom. It was paid and the Duke was set free. The inhabitants had all helped together 'One and All' to raise the money – hence the motto.
However it is difficult to verify this as Richard joined the Sixth Crusade and went to the Holy Land. He fought in no battles but managed to negotiate for the release of prisoners and the burials of Crusaders killed at a battle in Gaza in 1239. He also refortified Ascalon, which had been demolished by Saladin.