The annual Wado Academy winter course was held in Guildford in late February 2020, with the 3rd Wado-Ryu Grandmaster, Hironori Otsuka III over from Japan and instructing for the week.

It was a superb weeks training and focussed on connected bodies and compression tnp release energy and create power. Over 300 people came to train from across the globe.

The grandmaster also covered 24 kumite no ura, which had been developed by his grandfather and the founder of the style, which were new techniques to the students.

A dan grading was held after the course and a couple of our students attempted the exam, but were unfortunately unsuccessful at this attempt, showing it’s really not an easy black belt to get.

A course report can be read here…