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New Zanshin 1st Dan!

I would like to wish a deeply heartfelt congratulations to Peter Collier, who passed his 1st Dan black belt exam on Saturday 29th September 2018 under the supervision of Sensei Gary Swift 8th Dan Kyoshi and a panel of our esteemed yudansha (including yours truly).

We have had Peter in the class for many many years now. He’s shown absolute commitment to the club and to Wado as a whole, and I hope he continues to train and improve, and slowly pass on some of his knowledge to new students as a teacher.

Also grading were: our Horsham local Chris Holland, going for 1st Dan; Luke Spooner of the Cranleigh club, going for 1st Dan. We had James Latimer of Grey Wolf Karate successfully pass his 3rd Dan exam, and Mark Dupee of Shinwaryu Karatedo Sourdeval also achieve 3rd Dan.

Yudan Shinsa Sept 2018


Yudan Shinsa Sept 2018 B


This is only the beginning – I can’t wait to see what training has in store for Peter in the future 😉


See you in the dojo!

Sensei Oren

Categories: Gradings, Updates

A little update

Hey all!

I noticed I haven’t posted anything up in a while, so I thought why not give you all just a morsel of training footage. Just to whet your appetites:


Also, from my recent training weekend in Bergen, Norway (October 2017)

Some slow mo from Christer and James #karate #wado IWFN Wado Karate Grey Wolf Karate & Zanshin Wado-Ryu

Posted by Oren James Teichmann on Monday, 23 October 2017

And another!#wado #karate IWFN Wado Karate Grey Wolf Karate Zanshin Wado-Ryu

Posted by Oren James Teichmann on Monday, 23 October 2017

A few blocks from Caroline Jackson-AdamsI don't seem to have Viv on Facebook. Tag her?#karate #wado IWFN Wado Karate Grey Wolf Karate Zanshin Wado-Ryu

Posted by Oren James Teichmann on Monday, 23 October 2017

More photos and videos will follow when I get the time to go through all 400 of them.


In the meanwhile, keep it up everybody! See you at class.


Sensei Oren

Categories: Events, Updates

3rd Dan Promotion

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be graded to 3rd Dan under Sensei Gary Swift 8th Dan Kyoshi. It was a tough grading but I made it 🙂 a big thank you to Leslie Forester for his assistance with both driving us there and back and as a partner in my Kata Kaisetsu and Kihon Gumite.

Also congratulations to Carolyn Watson and Mike Diggle of Plymouth University Wado Ryu Karate Club for their 1st and 2nd Dan success, respectively.


All the best
Sensei Oren … Sandan 🙂

Categories: Gradings, Updates

The Many Ways of Practicing Kata

During the last training session we covered kata Pinan Nidan in detail, trying to find ways to best remember and memorise the techniques and stances.

mittsuji kata

Sensei Ian Clarke 4th Dan, of Kimesanchin, practicing a Temple kata

I briefly discussed with some of the students about the many different ways that kata can be practiced to better understand it and learn it.


This is an article by a great Karate blogger, Jesse Enkamp, and I thoroughly recommend you read not only through this article, but through many of his other pieces.

The article above covers some of the variations I discussed in how to learn the kata. Mirroring it, practicing it in reverse, breaking it into pieces, top-half and bottom-half practice only etc.
Perhaps the most interesting way to practice, one that I have used since I first started training, is visualisation. Now, I’m a little biased, as I know that I am very lucky in my ability to memorise kata in the first place (and therefore being affectionately called a “kata absorbing sponge”), however I truly believe that you have to think about every element of a kata in order for your body to be able to then connect with it and replicate it. I’m going to try and look into the science of this.

In the meanwhile, keep reading, keep training, and when in doubt, ask. I’m always here to help.


Sensei Oren

Categories: How To..., Updates

Kimesanchin Kata Tournament 15/10/2016

I would like to thank Sensei Ian of Kimesanchin for inviting Zanshin over to compete at their local club kata tournament.

With myself and 4 students competing, we managed to walk away with two medals! Congratualtions to Peter Downes 7th Kyu for his 3rd place win, and I was lucky enough (by, I think, 0.1 of a point) to win gold in my category.

The rest are determined to come back next year and win something for the club. It’ll take plenty of hard work and training, but I am certain they will be able to do so ^_^





Sensei Oren

Categories: tournaments, Updates

Easter Return & New Class!

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. We’re back to normal this week. Wednesday training in Horsham. Friday is now a DOUBLE session again! 6:15pm-7:15pm beginners, 7:15pm to 8:15pm intermediates.

At the Redwood Centre in Haywards Heath, we will be starting a new Tuesday evening class, 7pm to 8pm. Barring any last minute issues, this is going ahead!

See the training page for more details

See you all soon!
Sensei Oren

Categories: Updates

Upcoming Events

Let’s hope this summer holds! We as a club want to get out into the community, and what better way to start than with a couple of fetes? Join us for these upcoming events:

Burgess Hill Town Fayre – 12th June 2016 – 11am to 4pm

Our first time trying to pitch a tent up at Burgess Hill Town Fayre, let’s show the locals a little of what our club has been training for.

Stall set up will be at 09:15. We will have a public performance starting at 12:20 for twenty minutes. Please wear your training Gi and white shoes / socks (ideally thin trainers as opposed to bulky ones). Hopefully the sun holds out!

Cowfold Fete – 2nd July 2016 – 10am onwards

After a dreary event in 2014, we’re hoping this year the 2nd of July will have sunshine! We will be setting up a gazebo and table, and hopefully squeeze in a demo or two.

Horsham Sparks in the Park – 10th July 2016 – 12pm onwards

The 2014 event was extremely well attended, and very very sunny, so bring sun-cream! As with Cowfold we hope to have a large demo area and demo slot, so be sure to practice your kata and come and show it off.


More to come as they are arranged…

Categories: Updates