Lasswade Karate Group


Lasswade Karate Group teaches the style of karate known as Wado Ryu.

Karate, literally meaning ’empty hand’ is a martial art originating in Okinawa, part of the RyuKyu Islands in Japan.  Karate was developed from a fighting system of self defence, developed over centuries on Okinawa following the Japanese occupation of the island in the 17th century, when all weapons were prohibited.  Early in the 20th century, Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi travelled to Japan and gave a demonstration of Karate-jutsu at Tokyo’s first ever sports festival.  In later years the term ‘jutsu’  was dropped and ‘Karate’ was formally used.

One of Gichin Funakoshi’s first students, Hironari Ohtsuka (one of the first people to be graded ‘Shodan’ or Black Belt) was later to take his study of karate and other martial arts including ju-jitsu, and develop his own style of karate, which he later named Wado-Ryu, meaning ‘Way of Peace’.

For a more in depth history of Wado Ryu Karate, please click here.

Karate moves include Kicks, punches, elbow strikes and blocks.

Lasswade Karate Group is a member of the Scottish Karate Federation.SKF LOGOwado-ryu-badge.gif






8 thoughts on “Karate

  1. My son is 12 and would like to join as soon as possible.

  2. Hi I was interested in sending my daughter can u tell me what is the youngest you will accept? Thank you

    • Hello David,

      Kids start from the age of 5. Best thing to do is to pop along to one of our classes and speak with Jim. Your daughter is welcome to stay and watch for a while if she would like, as are you.

      For more info, we also have a Facebook page – Lasswade Karate Group

      • Hi thanks for getting back to me She actually turns 5 on the 27th of June so this would be great when is the next class?

  3. Hi,

    The next class at Lasswade is tomorrow night at 1730.


  4. Yes, Saturday 1300-1400.

    The Lasswade page of website has all the times

    Other classes are on in Woodburn and Goodtrees, Moredun also.

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