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Kumite-gata course photos and attendance

Some good attendance at last Sunday’s course hosted at Horsham dojo. We covered kumite-gata – the 10 pairwork exercises that preceded the kihon-gumite as we know them today.

Thank you to Henri (4th Kyu) and Vita (5th Kyu) for coming along and representing the club.

If you want to see over an hour of instructional footage for the kumite-gata, make sure you purchase the Wado Comprehensive from Sensei Gary Swift, which will allow you to access the online archives at British Wadokai

Categories: Courses, Updates

Hanshi Course & Cup Feedback

Many, maaaaany thanks to ALL 80 odd students who came to the Hanshi course (and later Hanshi Cup) in Horsham today. I hope you all took plenty away from the 6 training segments (which seemed to become shorter each time due to constant overrunning ğŸ˜‰ ).

For those of you who were able to eat the cake provided, I hope it was worth it – I’m not at all jealous!

I’d also like to add I’m really proud of the students from Zanshin and Horsham dojo who competed in the kata competition. Being an open division you were up against odds far above your usual grades, and you put tremendous effort into your practice and performance. I’ve had some great comments about you so believe me when I say – you have made me very proud!

I was really lucky and proud to walk away with a 3rd place bronze medal, and would like to congratulate Colin Holmes of East-West Wado (Newcastle) for his 1st place win!

See attached a few photos I had on my phone. Hopefully many more to follow!

Sensei Oren

PS – keep an eye on Wado News for more photos and articles

I can’t seem to stop this photo uploading upside down – so go practice your headstands!

Categories: Courses, Events, tournaments

Second session reopened!

Just wanted to quickly let everybody know, if you don’t already, that we are re-opening, at least temporarily, the 7.15 to 8.15pm class on Friday evenings. So long as the attendance is there we will keep it so!

Hope to see you all there!

Sensei Oren

Categories: Updates

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

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