Children's Classes


Class Times

Mondays - 7.00pm to 8.00pm Junior Beginners and Junior Cadets (Graded Juniors).

Wednesdays - 7.00pm to 8.00pm Junior Beginners and Junior Cadets (Graded Juniors).

Lessons cost £4.50 per 1 hour lesson

Dedicated under 16 classes that are fun and geared towards your child's needs and abilities, the club is open to ages 5 and upward. Just come along with your willingness to learn and we will do the rest. It would be helpful if the child knows their left from their right.

Students will be expected to arrive 10 minutes before their lesson starts, be changed and ready to start their training on time.

Your first lesson is “FREE”, just come along in a white Tee shirt and jogging bottoms.

You only pay for your lessons, gradings and your annual insurance renewal. You train when you want to train, not when it's demanded like some other clubs.

At Shuhari we teach children and adults sperately, so lessons can be focussed and taylored to the correct level and be safe and fun.

We would like to take this opportunity to redirect students from the age of 3 Years up to and including 5 Years of age to Sensei Keenan Pedley who is now running classes for this age group known as the “Tiny Tigers”. For further details please phone Sensei Keenan Pedley on 07800-799219


Adult's Classes

Mondays - 8.00pm to 9.00pm Mature Beginners and Senior Graded Students.

Wednesdays - 8.00pm to 9.00pm Mature Beginners and Senior Graded Students.

Lessons cost £5.50 per 1 hour lesson

At Shuhari we teach adults and children sperately, so lessons can be focussed and taylored to the correct level.

Families training discounts avalable and 50% discount for the unemployed.

Joining Us

Just come along with your willingness to learn and we will do the rest. It would be helpful if the child knows their left from their right.

Please contact our secretary Alison Parry on 07842635295 who will give you all the information you need.

What others are saying about our club

"I’m proud to have Sensei Dave as my Instructor, he's a very knowledgeable Instructor and is prepared to take his time with you so that you understand exactly what you are doing”

Mike Fellows 1st Kyu.

“Two of my children attend this club, my son has been a member for 5 years now, starting as an angry little boy who needed guidance, he is now training hard and working towards his 1st Dan Black Belt. My daughter couldn’t wait to reach joining age as she wanted to be a part of such a happy united friendly club. Many thanks to Sensei Dave Parry and Sensei Roger for all the hard work that's been put into my son and daughter, fantastic teachers and now very good friends.”

Kelly Smith (Mom)

“I like that Sensei Dave helps us calmly and doesn’t shout at us even if we get it wrong, I have made lots of friends at karate and it helps me keep fit. The club is like a big happy family who all work together to help each other. I am proud to be a member of West Midlands Shuhari Wadoryu Karate Club.”

Serenity Saunders 8th Mon.

Oskar has been coming to the club for almost two years. Genuinely it was one of the best decisions I have ever made as a parent. Before we found West Midlands Shuhari Wado Ryu, we visited few karate clubs. Unfortunately in every single place there was something missing and it felt like a quantity is more important than quality.

West Midlands Shuhari Wado Ryu is a very friendly, welcoming and supportive karate club for people of any age. Instructors are very dedicated, compassionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and approachable. They are extremely patient with the kids, but at the same time know how to approach them so they listen.

Oskar is a very athletic child and he also trains other discipline of sport, which takes most of his free time. However he feels as a part of the family at West Midlands Shuhari Wado Ryu and decided that even though he would not have any free evening, he wants to train at the club at least one day. Hopefully, if circumstances will change, he will be able to train more often.

The karate helped Oskar to focus, respect others and develop further his strong character. His self-control and coordination also hugely improved since he started. He always takes all feedback and gradings seriously and works very hard to perform his best, which is rather amazing for a 7 year old.

I can not recommend this club enough. It is a great place for beginners as well as advanced and we are waiting for another two children to grow up and become part of this fantastic club.


“I enjoy coming to Karate because I enjoy doing new things and making friends and I like Sensei Dave because he is nice.”

Emily Rogers aged 8.

“I like learning new things about Karate it is fun and Sensei Dave is the best.”

Maisie Rogers aged 6.

“I would recommend this club to anyone who is interested in Karate or the Martial Arts, both my daughters love coming here and have grown both in confidence and self control over the past year. Sensei Dave takes the time to ensure they understand what they are doing and why.”

Jo, Mom to Emily and Maisie.

“I really enjoy coming here and Sensei Dave is a really good teacher, I enjoy sparring the most”.

Kenzie Wood Aged 8 1/2.

“Sensei Dave is a brilliant teacher who always has time for each child, my son has grown in confidence over the last year since he has been coming here, so I would highly recommend this Karate Club.”

Sarah, Kenzie's Mom.

“My son has been coming to this club for just over 3 years, he never misses a lesson unless he is ill. Karate has given him more confidence in himself and its a great family atmosphere, he loves going to Karate twice a week and he has made a lot of friends.”

Leslie, Cameron's Mom.


Q1. How old does my child have to be to train at your club?

A1. We take children age 5 years and over. Coaching children is a great responsibility, but a very enjoyable one. We take into account the child's physical and mental changes and support them at every stage of their development. We encourage discipline, fair mindedness and sportsman like behaviour. We base some of their instruction around play with short bursts of actual training to help keep it light hearted and fun.

Q2. Do I need to be fit before I start training?

A2. Generally, anyone who is in reasonable health can train. Adults over 40 years are advised to have a medical check-up prior to starting training. Please notify the club secretary and the Instructor/s of any health issues you may have that may affect your training. All information is confidential.

Q3. What do I need to wear?

A3. For your first lesson we advise you wear jogging bottoms and a white Tee shirt. If you decide to train on a more regular basis you will a white Karate Gi, which can be purchased via the club. Please remove any watches, rings, earrings and hairpins or any other sharp. Please make sure all finger and toe nails are trimmed or covered if long.

Q4. How much are the lessons and how long do they last?

Junior Classes are £4.50
Senior Classes are £5.50

All classes last one hour

There are discounts available for 3 or more training from the same family and a 25% discount for anybody who is unemployed or claiming benefits/tax credit (you must be able to produce your white card).

Q5. Is training safe?

A5. We take your and your children's safety very seriously at Shuhari karate and do everything possible to eliminate any risks. As with all physical sports or activities there is always a small risk of contact or injury, but this is no more than any other contact sport.

Q6. Why do I need a Licence?

A6. If you decide to train with us you will need to be covered by our insurance. Currently the license fee for adults is £31.00 per annum and for juniors it is £26.00 per annum. This license and insurance will allowed you to train / Grade or take part in any of the club events / Competitions home or abroad.

Q7. What are Gradings?

A7. Gradings are a way of monitoring your progress in the Martial Arts. Juniors and Adults have their own Grading Syllabus, working through coloured belts from white to black belt.

Q7a. How long does it take to get a black belt in Wado Ryu Karate

A7a. This will depend entirely on how often you train and practice. It can take between 4 to 5 years of training to reach 1st Dan Black Belt.

Q8. How often do I need to train?

A8. You can train as little or as often as you like (we recognise people have lives to live), but we advise you to train at least 2 times per week on a regular basis to progress through the grades.

Q9. What is Karate?

A9. Karate means Empty Hand, so it means to fight with empty hands (no weapons).Karate is a Martial Art of Okinawan origin and is a mix of various styles and mixes from China, Okinawa and Japan. Karate was introduced into the Japanese mainlands from Okinawa in the early 1900's.

Q10. What style do you Practice?

A10. We practice Traditional Wado ryu Karate, for more information on Wado Ryu see our history page.

Q11. What are the Benefits of Practicing Wado ryu?

A11. You will Learn Self Discipline, gain Self Confidence and Awareness. Build up your fitness, Physical Strength, Stamina and Coordination.

Q12. Is Wado ryu Suitable for Women?

A12. Absolutely! In Wado ryu you do not use physical strength, but relaxation, speed and technique, so Wado ryu is ideal for women and children.

Q13.What if I train at another club or do another style of Martial Art can I still train at your club?

A13. Quite simply yes, we have no problems with that. If you want to wear your existing belt, we will assess you to see what level you are up to and grade you accordingly with a new Licence and Grading Book for our club.

Q14. Does the club enter Karate Tournaments?

A14. Yes, there are various Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring) Competitions up and down the Country at various times of the year, see the club notice board or speak to the club secretary for details. However you are not obliged to enter any competitions

Q15. Do I have to enter Karate Competitions?

A15. No! You decide what you want out of your training. If you do want to compete in Kata or Kumite competitions we will support you in that. If you don't want to compete, we will support you in that too.

Q16. Can we train as a family or large group?

A16. Yes, but please note that adults and children train separately; We do offer family and group discounts, please ask us for details.



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