Karate is a Japanese word which translates as "kara" empty and "te" hand. It follows the samurai ideas of becoming the best you can be. We train in style of Karate called Wado Ryu, which characteristically aims to deflect or evade, rather than block an attack. We also train on a range of other martial arts to complete our self defence skill set

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Karate - Sittingbourne Martial Arts

The core of our martial arts training is Wado Ryu style karate.   Wado Ryu was founded by Sensei Hironori Ohtsuka (born 1892) and is one of the most popular trained styles in the world.

Wa=peace, harmony, do=way, method, ryu=style.

Karate History

Karate was created in Okinawa, an island in between Japan and China.   During the time of the Samarui (Japanese Warriors), the Okinawan people were disallowed from owning or using weapons.   This was a particular problem for the King of Okinawa as he needed protection from both the Samarui overlords and other foreign visitors, which included large Westeners.

The solution from his officials, who were also his personal bodyguards, was to develop the ancient Chinese martial arts into to a new art form that was both incredibly powerful and effective against superior numbers or physical size.   Their single aim would be create instant mayhem very quickly, with powerful attacks and then secure the escape of the King. The secret of this new art form was kept a very close secret.

With the end of the Samarui period, King's position in Okinawa was also abolished.    The highly trained Okinawa martial arts masters had to find a new job!   One such master took these new skills to Japan, where the newly named martial art of Karate flourished.

We now how many different styles of Karate as it's been developed by many masters.   They all retain the root though of being originally developed for bodyguards of the King.


Wado Ryu - An Introduction

Wado-ryu Karate Hironori Ohtsuka, Meijin (1892-1982)

Karatesite - back to basics

A style of Karate developed by Ohtsuka-Hironori 10th Dan Meijin (AD 1892-1982). Wado combines traditional Japanese Budo, Okinawan Shuri-te (To-de) and Shinto-Yoshin-ryu Jujutsu, and was recognised as an independent style in 1934.

Wado-ryu is reputed to be one of the fastest and most efficient forms of Karate in the world; emphasis includes the fundamental principles and concepts of 'Nagasu, Inasu, Noru, and Irimi'. The Founder was responsible for introducing partner-work routines to Karate. Wado-ryu was also the first style of Karate to practise Jiyu-gumite (free-fighting) as part of the training. There are estimated to be over 350,000 Wado-ryu members practising in Europe alone.

The aim of Wado Karate is not merely perfection of the physical techniques of self-defence, but, the development of a mind that is tranquil yet alive, able to react intuitively to any situation. In Wado, as skill and knowledge are acquired through training and concentrated effort, the student is expected to develop inner strength and calmness of character, as well as the virtues of self-control, respect for others, and true humility. 

Kihon (Basic techniques) - punching, kicking, blocking, striking with open hand, joint twisting, and trapping techniques - Kata (a sequence of techniques done in certain order against imaginary opponents), and Kumite (prearranged and free style sparring) comprise the training foundation of this style. Equally fundamental to Wado is Tai sabaki, body shifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack, a technique derived from Japanese swordsmanship.


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