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Summer Course Sensei Kear 8th Dan
WKSH Europe

New European Federation WKSH Europe.

On the 25th of April 2015 WKKI was a founding member of the new Federation
Sensei Philip Kear 8th Dan
is Technical Adviser With Sensei Robert McGrath 6th Dan.
Chairman is Mr Joel Hulgren from Sweden.(Wado Kokusai Susuki-Ha Sweden)
If you would like more information on joining please don't hesitate to contact WKKI. Click Here

WKKI Change Name.

On the First of May 2015 WKKI changed it's name to
Wado Kokusai Suzuki-ha Karate-do Ireland
keeping the initials WKKI.

New Dan Grades who Passed on the Spring Course 2015.

Rachel Hill 2nd Dan, Joe Hill 2nd Dan, Conor Hill 1st Dan Junior, Robert Grendon 1st Dan Junior.

Wado Kokusai Karate-do Ireland - Summer Course 2014.


Sensei Philip Kear 8 th Dan , visited Ireland for the first time in late August, after an invitation from Sensei Robert McGrath 6 th Dan.

These two Senseis first met in Japan in 1984 at the 50 th anniversary of Wado Ryu Karate, Sensei Robert after training on a course under Sensei Philip last year, invited him to run a course in Dublin, which Sensei Philip was delighted to do.

Sensei Philip Kear is the eldest Student of the late Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei . He trained full time in Japan back in 1969 in Nichi Dai University Dojo and was lucky enough to train and grade under the founder of Wado Ryu, Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin 10th Dan .

Karate-ka from Australia, Wales and Sweden attend the course, The training was geared to the understanding of the fundamentals of Wado technique, with Sensei explaining that Wado is not from Okinawa but is a Japanese Art and because of this the main object of Wado technique is to break the attackers Balance (Kuzuchi) . Sensei explained you need your centre to take over your attackers centre the result was unbelievable. ''It is essential to blend one's centre with one's opponent centre, thus gaining full control of the opponent.''

Sensei explained the use of Mitsu no Sen is very important for this to work.

Using Mitsu no Sen, this refers to three specific moments in time that are called SEN when dealing with a physical attack.

Sen is to seize the initiative by attacking and retaining the offensive mind.

Sen No Sen is to attack as THE opponent is thinking of making an attack. So you attack first and faster.

Go no Sen is to invite an attack then evade and counter simultaneously.

Owning the moment of SEN is the key to victory, this is known as SENTE and Sensei used this throughout the two days of training.

Swedish Wado Kokusai

Joel Hultgren Chief Instructor, Taija Marimon,Sensei Kear,
Sensei McGrath, Lars Ostling, Hakan Gian

Using all the elements that Ohtsuka Sensei gave to his Art. In Wado Ryu, all movements should be practised efficiently with no wasted movement; much of Wado techniques are based around Traditional Budo movement, with higher stance commonly seen in Jujutsu and Kenjutsu for more mobility. This allows the Wado-ka to move in (Irimi) into the attacker space (Maai) using Hip movement (Taisabaki).

Throughout the course which covered Kata, Kihon Kumite (Ohtsuka Sensei's two man kata drills) Ohyu Kumite (Suzuki Sense's fighting techniques) and Tanto Dori (Knife Defence) Sensei Kear brought a clear understanding to how all these techniques are linked together.
When used at this advanced level the techniques can be changed to suit any situation.

To try and give a bigger and balanced picture of the skills of Sensei Kear and the course, below is what some of the Karate-ka who attended the two days, thought.

''Sensei Kear demonstrated the essence of Wado Karate as taught and practiced by the late Professor Tatsuo Suzuki. Many who practice karate never advance beyond meeting force with force, and this may work until you meet an opponent who is physically bigger or stronger or both, and then what advantage do you have over your opponent? With Wado, as demonstrated by Sensei Kear, you retain the advantage. Use your body and all your energy to attack. When your opponent is attacking he is simultaneously both at his fiercest and most vulnerable. If you evade an opponent's attack and use their force and your energy against them, not only do you physically beat them but importantly you break their spirit. Your opponent's body and mind will not quite know what has happened. You are now in control and your opponent knows it, even if he is still standing. ''
Sensei Michael Quinn 4 th Dan

"I found Sensei Kear's knowledge and understanding of Wado to be exceptional. His explanation of centre, balance and stance was fantastic; his movement was effortless and fluid.
The way he used his opponents attacking force to his advantage was a joy to watch. He made it look so easy to turn defence into attack whichever way he was confronted. He taught with a sense of humour "this is your face, it's important to you, so protect it" He also taught us that Wado is an individual teaching, your Sensei can only show/teach you so much, after that it is up to you the student to add the rest. The more effort you put in the more you will get out. Always practice correctly every technique/movement/ stance and basics."
Ciaran King 1st Dan

"To train in true pure Wado Ryu at such a high level was a breath of fresh air. From the start sensei vowed to teach all the students the importance off centre balance. Taking control of your own balance when moving to attack or for defence. To dominate your opponent by taking away there centre balance with such ease has a huge advantage with little effort (Pure Wado Ryu)
Sensei moved onto Seishan kata concentrating on stance, balance and breathing. Promoting the proper principles of kata. We work with arms only first in strong Nai Hanchi Dachi stance, then moving onto just leg work without hands in Seishan Dachi. We then added the both together after Sensei carefully examined all the class.
We watched him use some basic Ohyu Kumite technique with the proper nagasu (moving with the attack) and he brought them to the next stage/level. He moved through students with ease taking them down and avoiding all attacks. His ability to hold and control his opponent showed the jujitsu aspects of Wado. He had many attackers over the weekend with lots of experience. They all agreed that they could not out smart him as he was always in control.

Moving onto Tanto dori's Sensei demonstrated and explained the importance total zanshin. Any student with a Tanto (real or wooden) must not be under estimated. Going back to the basics of the weekend's course the students must rely on their training and understanding of balance - Tai sabaki (body movement) - nagasu."
Alan Smith 4 th Dan

"I found the training to be highly enjoyable. This is not to say I don't find other courses enjoyable, but sometimes in the past "travelling" Sensei were not as personable or grounded as Sensei Kear.

For me the course was well paced and the demonstrations very effective. I liked that he focused on particular techniques and kept the class on these until he was content that all had grasped. Not to say that it was not energetic because it certainly was. The continued change in partners took us all out of our comfort zone and was very good. He smiled as he worked with us, using his skill and not Fear to guide us.

For me I loved it when he approached the youngsters and declared to them that he loved them, and that they are the Future of Wado, whilst dismissing the seniors in front of them. Everyone in life needs recognition and sometimes our juniors are ignored on course days. It was a great thing to see and also Sensei Kear is a man with little arrogance. He doesn't need it as his skill speaks for itself. This man holds Wado firmly in his heart and passed it to us on the day by focusing on the core principles over and over again. This is why I do Karate and I liked this.

Sensei Kear, in my opinion is the true representation of Wado - Meek, Skilled and Respectful. "
Eric Brothwood 1st Dan

The course with Sensei Kear was inspirational.  I never trained with Sensei Suzuki and, knowing that Sensei Kear was one of his students, I felt that I was experiencing an extremely high level of Wado Karate, as taught by Sensei Suzuki. Sensei Kear was in control of the training from the first minute and his demonstration of every technique was very clear and coherent.  He made me realise how much I still have to learn and it was a truly motivating experience.  Sensei Kear was courteous to all students and everyone I spoke to felt encouraged and invigorated by his teaching. A true leader inspires by example and that is what I believe that Sensei Kear did.
Sensei Mary Smith3rd Dan

"Having trained in Wado Karate for over 30 years and trained with many great Japanese Instructors both here and abroad I have to say that Sensei Kear is without doubt walking in the shadow of the great Wado masters Ohtsuka and Suzuki Sensei. His knowledge and clear understanding of what Ohtsuka developed in Wado is second to none. His understanding and movement is simple yet sleek.
For the first time in over 30 years to stand in a Dojo and not to be instructed in the drills of Kihon Waza (basis Techniques) and yet still cover every aspect of the fundamentals of Wado through his instruction of body movement, evading attacks, to counter attacks, Every aspect of the class from the aerobic warm up to the cool down, every movement was related to pure Wado.
The course training was very good, strong and lot more physical than most have experienced in recent years, Sensei's instruction over the weekend course focused on many aspects of Wado but mostly how to move and to be positive in your attacks, feeling your core (your center) and to overcome or win over your opponent by taking over their center. Sensei told us that once you have the ability to control your opponent's center then you can control any situation. Sensei demonstrated this over and over again and by gaining control of your opponent's limbs, arms, or with wrists locks in knife defenses your opponent can be controlled and brought to the ground with simple movement.
Sensei also instructed us in variations of Ohyu Kumite 1, 2 and 4 and then allowed us to free style, creating our own defensive and counter attaching techniques and encouraging us to practice the arts of Nagasu , Inasu and Noru as he had though us over the 2 days.
Thanks to Sensei Kear - Everyone left with a greater understanding of Wado and Knowing that Wado is in good hands and Suzuki Sensei dream that Wado Kokusai will continue to grow both in Ireland and aboard."
Eamon House 5 th Dan

The weekend of Wado Ryu Karate was over very quickly. Sensei enjoyed his time in Ireland and assured Sensei Robert that he is happy to help WKKI to keep Suzuki Sensei's Wado Ryu in Ireland Pure and that Sensei Robert can contact him for help or advice at any time. This is an honour for WKKI to have the guidance of Sensei Philip Kear and we look forward to more training with Sensei in the near future.

Sensei Kear said: "I found all the students of WKKI to have a very receptive, responsive and refreshing eagerness to practice Wado Ryu. I hope my instruction in whatever way, has helped them to further their ongoing study and practice of Wado Ryu".

If you would like more information on WKKI or Sensei Kear go to www.wado.ie and www.sannoya.com

Ireland in Japanese Kanji
Ireland [ Japanese Pronunciation ] Ai-ru-ran-do
Ire: love
land: orchid


The Japanese word airurando translates as "Ireland" and is composed of the kanji Ire (read ai ) meaning "Love" and Land (read ran ) meaning "Orchid."

Country names were originally translated to Japanese using a phonetic translation to kanji . These kanji were selected mainly for their pronunciation and not necessarily for their meaning. Also Ireland is commonly written in katakana as (read airurando ). The pronunciation is exactly the same.

Spring Course 2014.

The second last Weekend in March was the WKKI''s Spring Course, This was the 21 st year of this course. The Course Instructors were Sensei Robert McGrath and Sensei Eamon House.Friday evening was the first session of the weekend this is an extra training for the Brown and black belts at no extra cost.

After the warm up by Sensei Eamon House he continued on with Kihon Waza (Basic Technique) going through these techniques with great detail.

Sensei Robert McGrath, Took the class through Wado Ryu's Kihon Kumite, These are like a two man Kata and are very important to Wado Karate. Sensei explained the three types of body shifting, San mi-ittai. The First one he explained Ten-I to move your position or move away from the attack. Ten- tai Reducing the target area by twisting your body and realigning the attacker body. Ten - gi Counter attacking your opponent as their attack passes you by using their forward moving weight to increase the power into your technique. When performing Kihon Kumite, Sensei also told us about the Technique " Kuzushi " the " Breaking of the Opponents Balance " and how this is so often forgotten about. But watching how Sensei does this without trying or even thinking about it was an art in itself.

The Final part of the evenings training was Kata Nia Hanchi again this was explained with great detail and Kaisetsu (explanation of techniques in the Kata) the evening finished with Cool down training.

Saturday morning began with the private class for the karate-ka wishing to do their Dan grading later on in the course, Sensei explained this was the beginning of their grading and he advised them that he would be watching for improvements during their grade examination and implementation of the corrections he made during this class. The Class was followed by the Dan Grade applicants doing their Written test. This is always a tense time for the students.

The Spring Course got under way at 1pm with Sensei Eamon taking the warm up and moving onto more Kihon Waza. Sensei Robert spent time with us training in Tanto Dori (Knife Defence), he explained the finer points and stressed the difference in distancing and using Nagasu, Inasu and Noru. Sensei understanding of the attackers mind is just incredible in these defences, if you have the opportunity to train with Sensei McGrath on Tanto Dori, you will come away with a different understanding of knife defence. During our training with Sensei he covered Ohyo Kumite, Sukuki Sense's Semi Free fighting techniques and also the Classic techniques of Tachi Dori ( Sword Defence). Sensei Michael Quinn 4 th Dan was his uke to show us the techniques and a big thanks goes to him as this is not the most easiest task.

Sensei Eamon took the lower grades and demonstrated the head block and kick block techniques covering syllabus for 5 th and 6 th Kyu grading. Sensei also explained to the students how important it is that the attacker is committed & strong, without this, Defence will be weak and will not gain a correct understanding of the movements required to effectively carry out the block and of course the finishing techniques required to stop the opponent.

Sensei House then moved onto Pinan Sandan again breaking the Kata down into combination and going through each movement explaining how and why we are doing each one and demonstrating the principles for Kata and their application within the Kata.

All too soon it was 4pm and our Saturday training was finished but for some of the students it was time to stand up in front of Sensei and do their dan grading. Five students were successful.

Sunday warm up was taken by Sensei Alan Smith 4 th Dan. After the Bow Sensei Robert presented the Dan grade Certificates and Belts, to the successful Students.

Adam Grassick, Lorcan Preston, Ciaran King,
Eric Brothwood & Eamonn Fleming.

The Class was split into two groups Sensei Robert took the higher grades and explained HIS UNDERSTANDING of Ohtsuka Sensei's nine original Katas this followed with us training in Kushanku Kata. Sensei referred to the question on the Dan grade written test to list 10 stances in Japanese and English, he proceeded in starting From heels & toes together (Heisoku Dachi) and then moving from here went through up to 12 different stances, but it didn't stop there, as we went through the kata he quizzed us on the names of the stances we were in, when you are put on the spot it can be very nerve wrecking.

The other group with Sensei House covered Semi Free fighting No's. 1 & 2, followed by Pinan Yodan. Sensei focused on stances. explaining to student the many stances within Pinan Yodan and how understand the way your body needs to work in controlling body weight, Power & Timing while changing from the different stances.

After a Kyukei (Rest Break) we returned to the final Kihon Kumite and the Lower grades went through pre grading preparation & allowing student time to ask Sensei any question.

The Final section of Sunday training was Kumite Training for Competition, With Sensei Alan Smith. Sensei Alan has attend many Training courses with the leading Kumite coaches in the world and shared this knowledge with the entire group. With this Kumite training for our younger students the future looks good for champions in WKKI.

After the final bow Sensei Eamon took the Kyu grades for grading. With Grades ranging all the way from 8 Kyu right up to 1 st kyu. A really successful course enjoyed by all, with instruction and detail of the highest level.

We are now preparing ourselves for the autumn course lead by world renowned Instructor Sensei Philip Kear 8th Dan.

Training with Philip Kear Sensei

Friday evening the 16th of August saw Sensei Philip Kear 8th Dan at Sensei George Grimes 8 th Dan Bristol Wado Ryu Dojo. This is the third time in as many years that he has taken the class in Bristol. All who made it to the class thoroughly enjoyed themselves....except maybe Sensei Alan Smith who was partner and at the receiving end of Sensei`s techniques during the evening. Alan and Sensei Robert McGrath 6 th Dan had made the trip over from Dublin for the training.

Sensei moved through some of the more difficult techniques of the Wado system explaining the concepts of Nagasu, inasu , irimi and how they can be used in a practical situation. In other words making it work for real.

Nagasu is parrying, or moving with the attack, to evade a blow, often while countering. The body is moved slightly off of the line of attack so that the attacking technique is evaded, but at a close enough angle that the power of the opponent's attack can be used to increase the force of the counterattack.

Inasu is dodging and or deflecting, often dropping the body to move under, inside, or around an attacker's technique.

Irimi is moving to enter, getting inside an opponent's technique to create an opening.


Sensei 's Wado is pure and undiluted his movements are relaxed with lighting responses, His understanding of Wado Karate is second to none and his teaching is no nonsense.

After the class everyone made their way across the road to the local pub, where the conversation was more Wado Karate talk and new friendships were made.

Philip Kear Sensei, had been a student training with Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei since 1965 until Suzuki Sensei's passing in 2011. He was All Britain Champion and also placed 2nd in the European Championships in 1972. He is also an accredited N.C.A.S. Coach (Australian Certified).
He trained full time in Japan back in 1969 in Nichi Dai University Dojo, he trained and graded under the founder of Wado Ryu, Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin 10th Dan.

Philip Kear Sensei along with his brothers Reg Sensei and Robert Sensei, both 7th Dans, are the senior instructors of Wado Kokusai Karate-do San no Ya in Australia. The name San no Ya, literally three arrows, refers to the karate taught by the Kear family and was given to them by Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei.

San no Ya also refers to an old Japanese tale, 'Mitsuya no kyokun' or lesson of three arrows, which recounts the story of Mori Motonari (1497 - 1571) the daimyo (feudal lord) of Aki (around Hiroshima). Mori presented each of his three sons with an arrow and then demonstrated that one arrow alone may be quite easily broken but when three arrows are held together their strength is more than tripled and they become virtually impossible to break. Correspondingly whilst each of the Kear Brothers practises Wado Ryu from their own distinct perspective, when combined these different viewpoints form the strong, flexible basis of San no Ya.

Check out the San No Ya Web Site www.sannoya.com

To Be or Not to Be a Dan Grade

To get your BLACK BELT or to BE a BLACK BELT are two very different things. In the morning of your Dan Grading you get out of Bed a brown belt, if you grade and are successful you will go to bed that night a BLACK BELT.

What has changed nothing, you have come to the end of your training as a KYU grade and now can begin to train and learn as a Dan grade. Shodan in English is First Level, This is a new beginning of training as a Dan grade.

You have heard me saw he or she has got their black belt but you also have heard me say he or she is a dan grade.To get a black belt is okay, you have put in the hard training and got your BLACK BELT, but if you stop training , you stop being a BLACK BELT.

To be a black belt you must train, to me a Dan grade is someone who continues to train hard and still wants to learn and improve their Wado Karate

Rant bt Sensei Robert McGrath


Wado Masters Course

The Last weekend in September, Robert and Eamon Sensei travelled over to Leicester to attend the Wado Kai Master course.

The Instructors who travelled from Japan were, Mr Hideho Takagi 8th Dan, Mr Chiaki Shimamoto 8th Dan, Mr Masamichi Shinohara 8th Dan, Mr Masohito Kitagawa 8th Dan, Mr Koichi Shimura 7th Dan, Mr Tamaki Sonoda 7th Dan and Mr Yoshinorio Matsui Chairman of the Board of Directors

Joining these Sensei was Mr Kuniaki Sakagami, 8th Dan from the UK, Mr Bob Nash 7th Dan from the USA, who did a great job translating for the Japanese Senseis and Mr N. Nukina 5th Dan from Romania.

The Course kicked off on Friday evening with a 3 hour session, Saturday and Sunday's sessions were for five hours with a thirty minute break. The course was run to standardize Wado Kai technique and each Sensei came forward to teach their specialist Wado techniques.

The Warm up was taken each time by Mr Nukina, these were very interesting sessions and very taxing on the old body's, This was followed by detailed Kihon training. Mr Hideho Takagi Sensei over the two days taught in detail the Ten Kihon Kumite, some of these are different than Wado Kokusai.

Friday evening the five Pinan Katas were covered along with Kushanku Kata. Over the next two days Seishan, Nai Hanchi and Ni Sheishi were covered, again there was differences in these kata.

Over 50 people were attending Dan grading from first to sixth dan also some people were being accessed for Instructor grades and Kata judges.

Wado Kai Style has many difference, personally I am bias to Mr Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei's technique as I feel it is true to the Founders ideas of Wado Karate. Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei had a great inpacked on Wado Karate in Europe and I noticed some Wado Kai Karate-ka performing their techniques Suzuki Sensei's way.

We enjoyed the weekend of Wado Training and meeting old friends and having a discussion on Wado Technique over a few beers.

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Kagami Biraki

Kagami Biraki is a traditional celebration for martial artists usually held on the second Sunday of the New Year.
It is a very special annual event for replenishing energy and renewing your commitment to training in the year a head.
This will be rigorous training, Followed by a New Year Toast.
Training time will also include Mediation time.
This training course will be a good way for all members from all clubs to start the year training together.

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Irish International Karate Championships Saturday 20th April 2013

Once again this year we were invited to the annual Irish International Karate Championships in Ardee Co Louth by Sensei Tommy Marret.
This is an annual event for us now and we are delighted to attend. This is one of the few all style events our club attends and it gives our members an opportunity to compete against other styles of Karate and as usual there was a strong entry of Shotokan and Kempo clubs. We noticed the subtle differences between the Wado groups, Wado Kai and Wado Ryu.
This event has grown over the years and this year we saw a huge increase in attendees. There was well over 350 entries from 32 counties and the UK . The competition was going to be tough but we were prepared for this event. Using four tatami areas the kata began just after 10am . The event was run under WKF rules with flags using the knock out system. Judges split the contestants into Shotokan and Wado groups, for the kata rounds.

All kata categories had high entry numbers, so to advance into the final rounds was not an easy task but our members were up for the job on the day.

(White to black age 6/7)Aaron Duffy age 7 took bronze after doing Pinan Nidan 3 times and the lad who beat him for First took gold.

(White to Orange 8/10 ) Dave Quigley age 10 took Gold after 4 rounds with Pinan Nidan.

(Green to Purple 8/10) Daniel O Leary age 10 took bronze after 3 rounds. Pinan Godan , Pinan Yodan and then repeated Pinan Godan.

(Green to Purple 11 / 14)Jenny Clarke age 13 took joint 3 rd with 2 rounds. Pinnan Godan and then Pinan Yodan.

(Brown to Black cadets) Siobhan Whiteacre age 17 took bronze with 2 rounds - Nihanchi + Kushanku

(Brown to Black cadets) Rachel Hill age 16 took Silver - 2 rounds. Kushanku and Seishan

Total 1 gold + 1 silver + 4 bronze.

The Kumite competition was late starting due to the high numbers taking part in the Kata events. It was 3pm when the first bout kicked off, on 4 tatami areas with 2 referees mirroring each other to ensure no scores where missed.

(White to black 8/9 female) Holly Duffy age 9 bronze. Won 2 first fights and was beaten in the 3 rd .

(White to Purple 10 /11 male) Dave Quigley age 10 Gold. Won all 4 rounds.

(Brown and Black 10 / 11 male under 1.5 mtrs) Robert Grendon bronze.

(Brown and Black 10 / 11 male over 1.5 mtrs ) Keith O Leary Gold after winning all 4 rounds and beaten is club mate in the final.

(Brown and Black 10 / 11 male over 1.5 mtrs ) Connor Hill Silver after winning 3 rounds and was beaten in the final by club mate.

(Brown and Black Cadets female) Rachel Hill bronze.

Total 2 gold + 1 silver + 3 bronze.

We entered 12 members at this event and we were a small group in a big event. We are very proud of all who attended and they were all winners, their karate spirit and etiquette was excellent.

A big thanks goes to Joe Hill and all the senior grades that helped out at this event. With events all happening at the same time your help is appreciated in the support and monitoring of the young competitors.

Alan Smith WKKI Coach.

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Wado Martial Arts Ireland Open Wado Competition 2013

The WMAI Invitation Wado Open event took place this year in the Tallaght Sports Complex, run by Sensei Sean O'Brien.

The event is an invitation event for Wado groups and we entered 22 Members, The event was run very well with ONAKAI Referees in attendants.

Our competitors were outstanding on the day and made us all very proud, with some members entering their first competition.























































































7 Gold

7 Silver

10 Bronze



Well Done to our Coaches, Sensei Alan Smith, Sensei Mary Smyth with out their hard work these Out standing performances would not have happened.

Thank you to Joe Hill 1st Dan for his help at these competitions and to all the Parents and friends, you help to make these days Special.



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WKKI 2013 Spring Course

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the annual Spring Course held by SportsLink Shoshin Dojo, the course previously conducted for 17 years by the late Sensei Suzuki, before his passing in 2011.

The Course was held over 3 days, with each class starting with a vigorous warm-up led by Sense Michael Quinn 4th Dan, Following on from the warm up, all the students were put through Kihon (basic) techniques by Sensei Eamon House 5 th Dan and senior Course Instructor.

The Course was very well attended with old friends supporting the course, Sensei Martin Nulty, Sensei Ollie McHugh, Barry Denby and Adam Brady, The pride could be seen in Sensei Robert McGrath's face having these Karate-ka attending our course.

Over the Weekend there was 5 training sessions in all.

Friday Night was dedicated to Seishan Stance training and moved on to an in-depth study of Seishan, with Sensei Robert explaining proper movement and rhythm of breathing, including applications for some of the Kata's techniques.

Saturday morning began with the private class for the karate-ka wishing to do their Dan grading later on in the course, Sensei explained this was the beginning of their grading and he advised them that he would be watching for improvements during their grade examaination and implementation of the corrections he made during this class.

The next training sessions on Saturday was for Black and Brown belts only, the topic was Sword defence, Sensei explained why Hironori Ohtsuka Sensei included these techniques in Wado, which was very interesting and quite hard to incorporate the distancing training Sensei had explained.

This session was over very quickly and the rest of our kyu grade members joined the class, with Sensei Eamon teaching a variety of Basis techniques, each training session began with Kihon training, followed by Nagashizuki Training and the use of the opponents attacking weight.

The class was split with Sensei Robert taking Black & Brown belts and teaching Jion Kata. Sensei showed us the difference between the Jion we perform and that of Wado Kai. Sensei highlighted that our way is the way Suzuki Sensei learned & taught this Kata. We then moved on to Kihon Kumite No. 1. Our practice of this technique was Stance and proper movement, using Ten-I, Ten-tai and Ten-gi, this also came up in the Dan grading written test. Students were given the opportunity to practice the Kihon Kumite they needed for Grading and were given advice by sensei on their technique.

While Sensei Robert continued with Senior students Sensei Eamon was sharing his knowledge of 5th. Kyu combination with the rest of the group. Student were very impressed with the application of these combinations, Sensei paired off the students allowing them practice the Combinations from an attacking and defensive perspective. Student them had time to question Sensei Eamon about their application of Head & Kick Blocks for the Grading on Sunday. 5:15 pm soon arrived and 9 students were taken back to the Dojo for 1st. & 2nd. kyu Grading, 8 questions were randomly selected by Sensei Eamon, from 22 and the candidates were quizzed, Following the grading Sensei praised the Students for the in-depth knowledge of Wado and their ability to perform Kihon Kumite during the grading. Sensei Eamon said, "Suzuki Sensei would be very happy to see Wado karate-ka demonstrates to this level".

The final session of the day was the Dan Grading by Sensei Robert. Sensei asked each person grading for black belt to pick a number between 1 and 15 this choose the 4 questions needed for first dan.Nerves were high put all passed with Sensei saying he was pleased with the standard but all students could not answer one of the questions and that he would expect the answer the next day at training but I think he forgot to ask them (sorry he will now remember, hope you all know the answer!!!).

Saturday night was time to relax in a local restaurant and a great night with good friends was had by all. Not much alcohol was drunk as training was starting early the next morning.

Sunday was a dry day but very cold, early morning training meant that the hall had not enough time to heat up but Sensei Michael had us all nice and warm quickly, with his warm up training.

After the Bow Sensei presented Aaron Smith with his Junior First Dan cert and new black Belt, he was followed by Sharon O'Brien and Stephen Hayden been presented with their First Dan cert and belt.

Sensei Eamon, took the class through his kicking drills adding to it each time we thought he was finished. The importance of Balance and timing was stressed and the ability to Kick several different kicks from the same stance and leg.

The Class was split into four with Sensei Alan Smith 4th Dan talking the lower grades and going through the techniques they would need later in their grading.

Sensei Eamon and Sensei Michael took the intermediate grades teaching semi-free Fighting (Ohyo Kumite).

Sensei Robert took the brown and black belts and they practiced kick blocks, Sensei added a new move to the technique every few minutes also showing how to counter if you are the one kicking.

The highlight had to be when Sensei asked Adam Grassick to show the combination technique including reverse roundhouse kick as the last finishing technique. Sensei said that he was much better doing it on his own but the pressure doing it in front of the class effected his technique.

Sensei Robert explained how to correctly perform a reverse roundhouse kick, using hip twist and then executed the kick to Aaron's head pulling the kick back and landing. This only 5 months after a full hip replacement. It was suggested that the picture should be sent to the Sports Clinic where the operation took place as an endorsement for hip replacement.

After a short rest break, the shout rang around the hall "PUT ON MITTS & GUM SHIELDS" One line of Black and Brown belts was set up and lower grades were to partner one of these high grades the next twenty minutes was Kumite training. The lower grades loved watching the brown and black belts fighting each other, towards the end.

The final session for Sunday was Pinan Sandan training for everyone taken by Sensei Eamon.

After the final bow and an Appreciation shown to all the Sensei's by the course karate-ka, Sensei congratulated everyone who passed their grading the evening before and wished luck to the members grading that afternoon. He hoped that everyone enjoyed the course and went away with a better or new understanding of Wado Ryu Karate. The consensus was yes it was a great course.

The only down side was that Course Instructors Sensei Michael Cole, Sensei Robert Hamilton and friends from Northern Ireland could not attend due to bad snow storms in Northern Ireland. But we all look forward to their return on future courses.

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Brown & Black Belt Course.

The First Brown, Black belt course was held on February 24th and was a great success with 20 students the topic of this course was Tanto Dori Sensei Robert with the help of Sensei Eamon went through 5 Knife Defenses in detail. Explaining the traditional aspect of the defence and moving on to what to expect in a real attack and the thinking of the attacker when put under pressure by a defence.

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New O.N.A.K.A.I Referees

Five members of our group attend the National Karate Governing Body "O.N.A.K.A.I." Referee Course and Examination. For three of our members this was their first time attending one of these courses and the Chief Referee for O.N.A.K.A.I, Mr Peter Coyle was very pleased with their over all results.

Sensei Robert McGrath was successful in Passing his Referees examination and Sensei Eamon House Passed his Judges Examination. WKKI Referees course will be organised over the coming months for members who would like to try their hand at Refereeing.

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What is OUS or OSS ?

The expression OSS was created in the Japanese Naval School and is universally used for everyday expressions such as please, thank you, I understand, sorry, greeting someone, etc., as well as inside the world of karate nearly any time a response is required. You must say it from your abdomen.

This is not really used in Wado Karate or Budo arts, I remember been away at a WKF World Championship and every second karate-ka you passes would say or go oss. Some of the members of our team were from the Ed Parkers Kempo and found it funny to go OSS and get an answer back of, yes you guessed it OSS.

Coming from a Japanese Sensei back ground, I was chastised if I ever used it, but been part of the Irish National Team and having other karate-ka saying OSS to me, Made it hard as I presumed I should reply back with OSS.

Sometimes guests would arrive to our Dojo and when they entered the Dojo they would Bow and OSS.

Sensei would give them a look that could cut you. He would say.

No not OSS say SHITSUREI SHIMASU (Excuse me) GO MEN KUDASAI (May I come in) OSS is not a word and is disrespectful.

The poor karate-ka would stumble over these words and you could take bets that on the second bow at the beginning of class you would hear OSS.

Again Sensei would cut him with a look and say NO say ONEGAI SHIMASU (please help me train well).

The first correction of this Karate-ka by Sensei would receive a load OSS; Sensei would say...No say HAI SENSEI.

In Wado Ryu manners and movements are conducted in a dignified manner, not military. In all movements and techniques we use the optimum amount of energy so that they are economical, graceful, fluid but powerful.

OSS becomes a habit for many Karate-ka and in these schools it is a polite answer but in Wado Ryu it is not encouraged

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Six Principles of Kata


Kisoku no Donto

Waza no Kankyu

Chikara no Kyojaku


Ikita Kata

Kata No Rokugensoku


Ikita Kata:   Kata should be alive and preformed with feeling and purpose.

Inen:  Kata most be performed with spirit.

Chikara no Kyojaku: Kata must be prrformed with variation in the application of power. Technique may be strong or yielding, hard then soft.

Waza no Kankyu: Kata practice there should be variations in timing. Sometimes moving fast, sometimes moving slow.

Kisoku no Donto:   Kata should be practiced with the correct rhythm of breathing.

Balance:   Good balance should be maintained during the practice of Kata.

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