We are a traditional martial arts club teaching the art of Karate in the Colchester and Clacton Areas. 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 area of Essex.
Chief Instructor is Sensei Alistair Thomson (4th Dan), a karate practitioner with many years of experience in Wado Ryu and other martial arts.
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.
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