Welcome to British Wadokai
(Eikoku Wado Kai Karate-do Atemi Jujutsu Renmei)

British Wadokai is a non-profit & non-commercial organisation teaching only traditional Wadoryu

Keeping it consistent with authentic ‘undiluted’ Wadoryu of mainstream British Wadokai Karate. British Wadokai (BWK) was formed under the direction of Gary Swift 9th Dan Hanshi, who started martial-arts training in 1966 at the age of 10. BWK is a friendly and traditional Wadoryu Karate organisation providing the highest standard of support, guidance and benefits to all students and clubs in membership.

Serving Communities with the Authentic, Original and Traditional Wadoryu Karate Ju-Jutsu syllabus of the British Wado Kai Karate-do Federation. “It’s the original syllabus, we don’t ‘make it up’ along the way!”

British Wadokai – Nothing added, nothing taken away!

The Authentic British Wadokai Karate Syllabus; as introduced from Japan and practised within the UK since 1963. The ONLY organisation teaching the original authentic historic British Wadokai Karate under the official Governing Bodies of the British, European and International Wado Federations.
Wado officially began in May 1934 when Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin registered his own style of martial-art, which he named ‘Wado Ryu’, becoming recognised as an independent style of martial-arts in Japan.

Wado’s origins were developed by Ohtsuka Meijin’s continuous study of various martial arts, formulating the ‘Wado’ techniques, by combining his own innovations and natural movements found in the other martial-arts he studied; such as Jujutsu, Aikido, Kendo, Karate, Atemi, etc.

Whereas most Jujutsu schools specialise mainly in Nage-waza (throwing and ground techniques), the Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu School stress more towards Atemi-waza (vulnerable-point striking techniques).

Proud to be British, Proud to be Wado – Proud to be British Wadokai!

British Wadokai does not operate ‘Restrictive Practices’ upon its membership. 
We offer everyone all the opportunities; 

To Train! To Improve! To Progress!

A Black Belt is simply a White Belt who doesn’t give up!

British Wadokai is not affiliated to any of the many modern ‘sport-karate’ or ‘all-styles’ governing bodies around today. British Wadokai is registered within only traditional Wado Karate Governing Bodies; such as the British Wado Federation, European Wado Federation and the International Wado Federation.

Preserving history by ‘Preserving the Original and Traditional!’

The technical foundations of British Wadokai were established back in 1963, under the direction of Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi of the United Kingdom Karate-do Wadokai (UKKW), formally the United Kingdom Karate-do Federation (UKKF 1963-1975); therefore the traditional lineage of British Wadokai extends over many years.

The technical syllabus has remained unchanged since the first introduction of Wado Karate into the UK, such as Sanbon-gumite, Ohyo-gumite, Kihon-gumite, Kata etc. All these aspects are taught and promoted vigilantly within all British Wadokai Dojo and through the regular BWK Wadoryu Standardisation Courses.

While many Wadoryu organisations erode the original technical fabric and foundation of Wado-ryu we, at British Wadokai, do not. British Wadokai Karate is a life-skill and with it, in its present condition, will remain to be so. Take something away and it will be missed, then forgotten. We do not teach a ‘sport’, we teach a highly effective ‘martial-art’.

British Wadokai for Individuals

We welcome individuals wishing to train with us – whether you are beginner or more experienced. Please contact us to find a club near you. These clubs provide the opportunity to attend many specialist training courses held by highly respected instructors, and enter Wado competitions, should you wish to compete.

For the most able and committed there is the chance to also compete nationally within the British Wado Federation National Championships.

Club Affiliation

British Wadokai offers all Wado Karate clubs ‘Full Member’ affiliation facilities.
British Wadokai Club Affiliation Membership is FREE and also includes Club Membership Personal and Public Liability Insurances.

British Wadokai for Clubs & Associations

The British Wadokai Karate-do Federation warmly welcomes enquiries from clubs and associations looking for a positive and genuinely supportive federation to affiliate with. British Wadokai adopts and implements strict vetting procedures when considering applications for new memberships or club affiliation. We have outlined much of our key information on this website; including Constitution, Rules & Regulations. To view our syllabus, application forms and club policies please visit our downloads page. Please consider these documents prior to membership application. 

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS/CRB) Certification is a minimum requirement of membership to BWK. For reasons of safeguarding this is vigorously enforced throughout all BWK Clubs & Associations. BWK proactively ensures that all members are aware of, understand and comply with Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Legislation and legal requirements. To facilitate this British Wadokai offers online Disclosure facilities for all British Wadokai Instructors, Administration Officers and Volunteers.

Is your licence up-to-date?


Conditions of Membership & Training within a British Wadokai Dojo:
All Students MUST possess a valid British Wadokai Licence-Membership to participate in regular training. 

Remember, if your Licence is out of date so also will be your membership and insurance contribution. You will be unable to train, grade, attend courses, compete or take part in any British Wadokai activity without a valid BWK Licence. Insurance is a LEGAL requirement in the UK for the practise of Martial-arts. For further information about British Wadokai Karate Insurance Policy, please contact us

Applications from other organisations – Depending on origination (origin of style, certification, lineage, etc.) grades registered within your existing karate licence can be ‘automatically’ transferred to your new BWK Licence upon acceptance; Please include your present Licence (or photocopy) for British Wadokai records. Your Instructor will continue your grade commencement once you are in receipt of your new licence and are fully conversant with the requirements for progression.

Late RenewalsFirstly. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to keep their insurance, licence, membership up to date and valid. Secondly. It is considered ‘negligent’ for instructors to allow students to train without adequate insurance. You are placing yourself and your instructor at risk by training without a valid licence. 

Check your Licence regularly and make sure to renew in plenty of time. 

Licences are required in any and ALL British Wadokai and British Wado Federation Dojo. A British Wadokai Licence also includes student and instructor liability insurances, plus membership to the International Wado Federation.
Late Renewals – Firstly. It is the sole responsibility of the individual to keep their insurance, licence, membership up to date and valid. Secondly. It is considered ‘negligent’ for instructors to allow students to train without adequate insurance. You are placing yourself and your instructor at risk by training without a valid licence. 

Check your Licence regularly and make sure to renew in plenty of time. 

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The Coat of Arms of British Wadokai

Cranleigh, Surrey, where the foundations of British Wadokai were formed.
Helmet: Strength and Protection.
Red Lion: Devon (Honbu Southwest), Dauntless Courage.
Mon: The Lion holds the badge & symbol of British Wado Kai Karate-Jujutsu.
Crown: Denotes the Kingdoms of Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales).
Motto: (Latin) Reservo Exemplar Quod Institutio – ‘Preserving the Original and Traditional’.

To preserve the traditional development of Wado Karate Jujutsu. We strive to accomplish this in an environment free of intimidation, politics, and other negative distractions and influences. We further seek to foster a spirit of fellowship and understanding by welcoming all like-minded individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, national origin, or physical handicap.

The British and International Wado Federations are Wado Governing Bodies for amateur and professionally run Wado Karate Schools and not commercially motivated or profit-based karate businesses.

The British Wado Federation is not a member to any ‘multi-style’ affiliation or organisation as we do not follow or promote ‘generic sport-karate’.

“Modern all-styles karate competition tends to transform Wadō-ryū away from its roots and towards a new ‘generic’ karate that appeals more to the demands of both spectators and competitors.” Wikipedia.

No ‘sport’, no ‘all-styles’, no ‘catch’, just pure Wado!

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