Welcome to Loughton Karate Club where we practice the Wado Ryu style of karate. 'Wado Ryu' translates from Japanese as 'The Way of Peace and Harmony'.
Martial arts movie icons Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan have inspired thousands to try their hands at combat sports. Even if you've never seen Enter the Dragon or Karate Kid. There are plenty of reasons for taking up martial arts.
As a form of exercise, taking part in karate, can be more challenging than other activities. More exciting than lifting weights or jogging on a treadmill in the gym. With a wide range of techniques to learn, you are unlikely to get bored. Karate training is a great way of building your confidence. Whilst the high energy workout that comes with it can help to keep stress levels down.
Contrary to what some people think, developing karate skills doesn't make you more aggressive. In fact because of the discipline involved, it has the opposite effect.
During these lessons, you will learn self-defence, discipline, respect, fitness and a mindset that can be applied in all aspects of life. Our training methods have more emphasis on self-protection. You will learn practical skills rather than sport karate/competition based drills which have no use in a real life situation.
At Loughton Karate Club, we welcome people of all ages and abilities to train with us during our classes throughout the week. Beginners can start throughout the year.
Translates into English as ‘The Way of Peace and Harmony’.
This style of karate originates from Okinawa and was founded by Hironori Otsuka in 1934. It is a fast flowing, evasive style which combines the punches, kicks and blocks of karate with throws, locks and grappling of jujitsu.
Literally meaning ‘empty hand’, karate is a traditional Japanese martial art.
In essence, an unarmed-combat system, using kicks, strikes, throws and defensive blocks and with a strong emphasis on mental attitude and discipline. Established in 1922, the founder, Gichin Funakoshi described the practice as ‘the development of character’.
Sensei Stephen O'Brien
I have practised numerous martial arts over the last 43 years. These include kickboxing, muay thai, kung fu, jujitsu, tai chi, bagua, judo, boxing, katana, jo staff and various weapons under the tuition of world renowned instructors such as Tatsuo Suzuki, Dan Inosanto and Steve Morris.
I've also practised 3 different styles of karate alone before settling with the Wado Ryu style - 4th dan Wado Ryu & 1st dan full contact karate.
I carry a Enhanced CRB Certification, fully insured, and I'm also a qualified first-aider and regularly attend Safeguarding courses.