Gallery – some pictures and examples of published work

4 Responses to Gallery – some pictures and examples of published work

  1. John, I would agree with your comments on wado, and it would be great to arrange something in future when you have time. At our Taunton club we consider what we do closely related to jujutsu with strking thrown in to assist takedowns as well as practicing other japanese concepts such as irimi, kuzushi, nagasu and taisabaki.
    Do you have some contact details I can have?

    • Hi, Darran – I’ll be back in Lynton next week; you can catch me on 01598753344, and my mobile is 07856145127, though that’s a little hit or miss as it has such appalling battery life! Email me your contact numbers at, and let me know when is a good time to call and I’ll make sure we get to speak sometime next week for sure! Regards, John

  2. Fantastic website and articles – do you still live in Devon? We are based in Somerset and currently looking at aspects of ju-jutsu and how it relates to wado karate.

    • Hi, Darran – sorry, I’ve meant to be in touch; Leon Jay gave me your details a few weeks ago, but I’ve been really busy. Thanks for the feedback; we must get together. Although I think that most long-term Wado-Ryu students know of the connection with jujutsu, I was surprised when I looked at your group’s website, as for many years I was the only person I knew in Wado who was quite so explicit in equating Wado with jujutsu to the same degree. To my way of thinking, Wado-Ryu is jujutsu expressed in the form of karate – everything about it: body mechanics (tai sabaki); the high, light stances and footwork; working against the katana and the tanto; all of these things together make it an form of unarmed fencing, which is exactly what the jujutsu – at least the various ryu at the height of its development – was. None of which is a criticism, by the way; rather it’s a compliment. Although I cannot really call myself a Wado-Ryu stylist, I retain what it taught me. One of the most interesting things about the style is that it does something which the cleverest arts do (Wado reminds me of the Poekoloan Tjimande Silat I studied in it’s upright posture and blade like body techniques); that is, it teaches one to move in such a way as to offer quick transitions from one technique to another, from defence to counter, from upper to lower body weapons. I variously describe Wado as hit and run combat, or guerrilla warfare for one. It’s the ‘trojan horse’ of the Japanese arts – you don’t get what you expect from karate. When I’ve watched the truly skilled in the style perform, they move in a way that confounds the expectations; its strike delivery is like a blade rapidly darting in and out, rather than an obviously percussive series of impacts, even though those hits are effective and they hurt!

      Anyway, look forward to a proper conversation soon re: all the above and how we might work together.

      Best Regards,


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