A Typical Lesson

This page should help you understand what to expect, when you train for the first time at one of the clubs.

No two lessons will ever be exactly the same, but they will consist of some of the following, which will normally make up the majority of any session with us.

What to wear

If you are coming to your first lesson all you need is a T-shirt and a pair of loose-fitting trousers, such as jogging bottoms. No need for shoes, we go bare feet. The other thing you'll need is bundles of enthusiasm! If you are a returning karate student from old, have done another style, or trained with another association, then no worries; just come along in your karate suit and belt and join in.

Stretching and warming up

A lesson will always begin with a thorough warm up, to gently stretch and engage all parts of the body, as karate uses almost every muscle group. The warm up is essential to each class and you will become more flexible the longer you train with us. It will include stretches and movements that prepare your body for the rigors of class, help prevent injury and gently get your heart pumping faster.


When you first start karate, you are introduced to many individual techniques, such as blocks, kicks and a variety of hand techniques such as punching. These are your karate basics, which are the foundation on which you build your skills. You may do one technique many times; first perhaps slow, then gradually at a faster speed. It is by repeating these individual techniques many times that you train your body to correctly apply the movements, so that eventually they become instinctive.

Typical karate lesson


Kata could be described best as an imaginary battle against multiple opponents but essentially are a combination of pre-determined movements, incorporating formal patterns of defence and attack. By learning the different kata moves, your body ultimately learns how to move correctly and efficiently in a variety of ways. They can be practised alone and are an excellent tool to help you learn and improve your technique.

Self defence

Wado karate is heavily influenced by Japanese Jujutsu and therefore we practise how to escape and subdue opponents using locks, holds, throws, chokes and takedowns etc. These movements are very practical and are practised as often as time allows us to do so.


Simplistically, these are pre-determined drills between two students, with one who is the attacker and the other who is the "defender". They are a useful introduction with regards facing a live opponent and dealing with their range and variety of attacks. Ultimately, when done with intent and under proper supervision, they provide a comprehensive way of conditioning your body and mind to be able to move efficiently and correctly. Thus they will help the student learn timing, distance, evasive technique and body movement.

There are many pair-work drills, which start at a basic level for the beginner and become more advanced as you progress through your grades.

Kumite or sparring practise

Students start to learn kumite through pair-work, drills and then ultimately free fighting. Sparring drills will help you learn a variety of techniques and combinations with a partner. As you become more advanced at these you practice free sparring. Sparring ultimately allows a student to practice all of the other parts of the lesson structure in a situation which is not pre planned, so it is more realistic

All students are encouraged to slowly start to learn and progress with sparring, but we fully appreciate that some students will wish to pursue this to higher levels than other students may wish to aspire to, which is fine. The sparring is always done under strict supervision, with your safety in mind.

Typical karate lesson

Warm down

Students will warm down for a couple of minutes with some gentle stretches to help loosen muscles and reduce any possible stiffness.

News Headlines

Wado Academy Winter Course 2017
The bookings forms will be available soon. The dates are Sat Feb 18th to Weds Feb 22nd at the Guildford Spectrum.

Xmas closing dates 2016
Farnham - Last class Sunday 18th Dec. Reopens Sunday 8th Jan

Haslemere - Last class 14th Dec. Reopens Weds 4th Jan.

Aldershot - Last class Weds 21st. Reopens Weds 4th Jan.

We often get asked about beginners courses. We don't run them specifically, but beginners are welcome at any time at any lesson. Call us if you want to chat first, all serious students welcome.

New Dan Grade syllabus
The Dan Grade syllabus for 2015-2017 is now available at this link. http://wado.karateforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Dan-Grade-Syllabus-2015-2017.pdf