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Starting Karate - FREE First Lesson!


Have you harbored a desire to delve into the world of karate but consistently found reasons to delay your entry? The common misconception is that everyone at the dojo will resemble Bruce Lee or the Karate Kid, making you feel like you won't fit in. Let us dispel that myth.


For those intrigued by the prospect of embracing Wado-Kai Karate, the Loughton Wado-Kai Karate Club invites you to experience your inaugural lesson absolutely FREE. No need for elaborate preparations – just don comfortable clothes, like a tracksuit and t-shirt, and remember to bring along a bottle of water. Your karate journey awaits!


Where and When are the classes?

Training times are 6.30pm – 7.30pm every Wednesday for all ages (children, teens and adults) at Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 3JA.


The dojo (training area) is in the Drama Studio and there are ample spaces for car parking at the side of the school.


Come and watch a karate class

We acknowledge that taking the initial step into the dojo can be challenging. If, after exploring our website, you remain uncertain about whether Wado-Kai Karate is the right fit for you, consider dropping by on Wednesday evening to observe a lesson and get a feel for the experience. Feel free to either participate or simply sit on the side and observe.

Rest assured, you will be met with respect, courtesy, and patience at all times. Every practitioner was once a beginner, and we are all committed to ensuring your journey is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

The effects of karate training

Engaging in karate has the potential to bring significant positive transformations to your life by instilling values such as discipline, etiquette, and respect for others.

On a physical level, karate training contributes to the enhancement of strength, coordination, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Beyond the immediate physical benefits, it can positively impact the overall quality and longevity of your life, fostering a sense of happiness and heightened alertness.

In addition to its physical aspects, karate is a holistic practice that also nurtures the mind. Through karate, you can develop improved self-awareness, discipline, confidence, and willpower, creating a well-rounded approach to personal growth and well-being.


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What are the fees? 

We strive to maintain our prices at a competitive level and reinvest any funds generated back into the club. Our approach is transparent, with no binding contracts; instead, we follow a 'pay as you train' policy. We believe this model is in your best interests, promoting a sense of responsibility for your own training. This flexibility ensures that you won't be obligated to continue payments if you decide karate is not your path or if you need to temporarily pause training due to illness or other commitments.


Karate Lesson Costs

Your first Lesson is FREE, and after that we have a weekly price as follows:

Juniors (up to age 16) £8.00 / Adults (over 16) £8.00.


Other Costs (Once a year)

After you have had your first initial FREE lesson and you are confident that you wish to continue training with us you will need to join the England Wado-Kai Association, and if you wish to grade for your first belt, it will be necessary to obtain an EWKR Licence. (This is a legal requirement for all martial arts).


EWKR Membership & Registration book (This is a yearly fee)
Children, Cadets and Adults £5


This membership and registration book will contain all your training attendance records for the current year, useful information about the Association and a calendar of all major courses.


EWKR Licence (This is a yearly fee)
Children (up to age 11) £15 / Cadets (ages 12-15) £20 / Adults (over 16) £25


This licence enables you to train at any EWKR dojo and also covers you for basic training insurance. It is a requirement for all gradings and once purchased it will contain all of your grading records.


Karate Suit (Gi)

Once you start progressing with karate you can purchase yourself a ‘gi’, which is the cotton jacket and trousers worn in karate. These can be bought in a range of weights and prices start quite cheaply.

Child Safeguarding Policy 


Our club follows the England Wado-Kai (EWKR) Policy and Guidelines for Safeguarding Children. Please click here to view the full policy and guidelines.

Other policies and guidelines:
England Wado-Kai Code of Conduct
England Wado-Kai Privacy Policy


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