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What being a Black Belt means
So, you’ve become a black belt, what next?  A black belt is known as Sho-dan, literally ‘first level’.  It’s the beginning of your life long study in karate and martial arts.  It’s an achievement that you should be proud of, however nothing changes.&nbsp...
Is Martial Arts suitable for women
Yes, is the short answer.  As a woman who has been training for over 25 years, and achieved 4th Dan in 2020, I can confidently say that learning karate has been one of the best sports and exercise I’ve done. There are various reasons why any of us start learning a new skill, you may want...
What benefits do children gain from Karate?
Loads!  We all know the benefits gained from exercise, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Children gain the same benefits, from burning up energy to socialising with a different group; being part of a karate club offers all these plus many more. Personal development and social interac...
Why do we practise kata?
Kata is a set series of moves, involving different techniques and stances.  Within the traditional Wado Ryu karate style there are 15 kata’s that are practised in most schools.  Kata allows us to practise fundamental techniques and stances, as well improving our physical conditioning...
FAQ Karate
Do I need previous martial arts experience? No.  Everyone is welcome, whether you have previous experience of Wado Ryu or not.  You just need to be willing to learn and practise. Do I have to be sporty and fit? No.  You will gain many fitness benefits during your training however i...
Benefits of Karate Training
One of the benefits I’ve gained from my martial arts is learning the ability to switch off from everything else and concentrate solely on my training.  It’s all absorbing and as you bow into the dojo you have to leave any problems at the door. Not focusing completely and allowing o...
Why I Love Karate
I was very sporty at school and did most activities, I didn't really know much about karate so it wasn't on my list of things I wanted to do.  My younger brother decided he wanted to go as his friend was doing it, so my mum told me I had to go with him! I can still remember my first class, the...

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