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Essex Wado Ryu Karate (E.W.R.K.) is a group of traditional karate clubs that teach the art of Wado Ryu Karate in the Colchester and Clacton areas of Essex.
What is Wado Ryu Karate?
Wado Ryu Karate is distinguished from other Japanese karate styles by its unique yielding nature, a form of soft energy blended with sheer, hard force in it's techniques. Besides primary punching and kicking techniques, Wado Ryu students learn how to use body shifting to neutralize or deflect an attack, thereby causing the attacker to lose balance and to become more vulnerable to a counter attack.
Wado Ryu Karate was founded by Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei in 1934. Ohtsuka Sensei developed Wado Ryu after studying the Samurai martial art of Jiu-jitsu, and Shotokan (another style of Karate). This combination, according to Ohstuka Sensei, is a softer, more natural means of self-protection.

The term Wado Ryu means "Way of Peace and Harmony". This indicates Ohtsuka Sensei's original intention to use training in Wado Ryu as a means of solving problems in a non-violent way. The word Karate means "Empty Hand".
Values of Karate
What exactly are "values"? And why does karate manage to do such a good job at bringing them out?

More than any other sport, Karate gives you the chance to explore your innate powers. You will marvel as you increase in strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and harmony. Yet this is only the start.

In fact, your physical skills act as a foundation for something much more important: the development of your value skills, mental and spiritual. Not cut off from your physical skills, but intimately connected, even bonded, to them.

These include:-

Self Confidence

Self Esteem

Self Control

Respect (for self and others)

These are just a few of the values that can be achieved within Karate.

There is a saying in the karate world - "the more you train, the more you gain". The benefits to be gained from martial arts training also continue throughout your life, which may explain why there are many active karate participants in their 50s, 60s and above who are still growing and learning!
If you are interested in joining our karate classes, whether as a complete beginner or if you have previous martial arts experience, please feel free to contact us if you need any specific information.
Chief Instructor is Sensei Alistair Thomson (5th Dan), a karate practitioner with many years of experience in Wado Ryu and other martial arts.

All our instructors are qualified with many years of experience. All hold enhanced CRB checks and first aid qualifications.

Within our clubs we have a proven track record of producing good quality martial artist with a good grounding and understanding of their art of Wado Ryu Karate. It is early days for the clubs in the competition arena but with the friends and contacts we have made over the years it is looking very promising for the clubs up and coming stars. The club does not only focus on the competition side of things but likes to develop their students to the best of their abilities in creating well focus balanced human beings. We are teaching the children and adults within the club important life skills that will help them in everyday life.
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