England Wado-Kai Karate-Do Renmei
Loughton Wado-Kai Karate-Do Club is a member of England Wado-Kai Karate-Do Renmei (EWKR). All Loughton registered club members are also part of the EWKR and are able to participate in any of the courses and course gradings as well as attending other clubs throughout the association.
England Wado-Kai aims to promote traditional Wado-Kai Karate technical values, etiquette and respect. The organisation supports regional groups in the North, Midlands and South of England and boasts a membership of almost 50 clubs and provides access to courses and competitions at national and international levels.
It is also a member of Karate England and is affiliated to the Federation of Wado-Kai Europe and to JKF WadoKai Japan.
Sensei Barry Wilkinson 8th Dan (left) is the Chief Instructor to England Wado-Kai. He is also a founding member of the Executive & Technical Committee of The Federation of European Wado-Kai and is currently the Vice President and Technical Committee member of the Federation of European Wado-Kai.
Sensei Wilkinson's Biography:
The founder of England Wado-Kai, Barry Wilkinson, has an impressive pedigree, starting Wado-Kai Karate in February 1968 and has been training all his life for almost 50 years!. Barry has been taught Wado karate by many of the leading exponents of the style including Master Toru Arakawa 9th Dan, Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan, Sensei Katsumi Kobyashi, Sensei Tadayuki Maeda and many more prominent Wado-Kai Senior Sensei's.
He achieved Sandan (3rd dan) by grading in 1977 and was one of the first British Sandan's of the then UKKW.
Yondan (4th dan) was awarded by the EKA in Autumn 1981, Godan (5th dan) followed in October 1987 and was awarded by the BKW (The national body for Wado-Kai Karate in the UK at that time).
Rokudan (6th dan) came in September 1997 this time from the EKGB (English Karate Governing Body).
Barry received Nanadan (7th dan) from EKGB (from the EKGB Technical committee) in June 2002.
Barry was promoted to 8th dan at the 41st European Wado-Kai Championships in Hungary by the Federation Wado-Kai Europe in November 2013.