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’.
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Karate moves include Kicks, punches, elbow strikes and blocks.
Lasswade Karate Group is a member of the Scottish Karate Federation.