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"To Give Expression to the Way"

Each person is unique. The philosophy of Hyo Gen Do Karate is that each student should be able to express their individuality through the study and practice of martial arts and fulfil their potential both in terms of technical skill and personal development.  Over time your karate should reflect and enhance your best qualities.



"The Way of Peace"

Wado Ryu Karate is a Japanese martial art founded by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei in 1934.  Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado Ryu after studying the martial art of Jui-Jitsu and Shotokan Karate.  This combination, according to Ohtsuka Sensei, is a softer, more natural means of self protection.

The term Wado Ryu means "way of peace" or "way of harmony", indicating Ohtsuka Sensei's original intention to use training in Wado Ryu as a means of solving problems in a non-violent way.  Karate-Do means "way of the empty hand" as karate is, for the most part, studied without the use of weapons.



"Studying the way"

We teach children and adult classes separately, with our child classes broken down into beginner and more advanced levels.  We operate separate child and adult syllabus with training tailored to suit each individual.  Each student will be able to study at their own pace, developing their skills and progressing towards regular grading assessments.  Our children will learn good basic techniques, posture, fitness and have access to mentoring and practical anti-bullying techniques as well as assertiveness training with an emphasis on fun, good behaviour and skills development.  The adult syllabus is more tailored towards traditional karate practice and applied karate with a practical based approach geared towards self protection.  Training includes pad work, partnered work, forms and supervised sparring.  Lessons will generally comprise of a bow in, warm up and basic technical work, and will finish with a variation of specialised skills development.



"Teaching the way"

We operate classes most days of the week in different, local, reputable venues so that you can train whenever it is convenient.  Fees are paid as you go, or you can pay monthly and train in all of our classes for a set fee.

Our instructors all hold an enhanced criminal disclosure check (CRB) and are fully insured and registered with the English Karate Federation.  All hold a minimum of 1st Dan Black Belt, but in most cases 3rd Dan or above, and have at least 10 years teaching practice and training in a variety of martial arts.

We ask all students to take out a licence within 3 weeks of commencing training for insurance and safety purposes.



"Forging the way"

For those interested in competing in Sport Karate, we have a successful competition squad which competes up to an international level.  Our students have access to England training and compete each year at the British and English Nationals. We have several National Champions and Medallists in our team.  Both our team and coaches are respected around the circuit.