Wakefield Karate & Marial Arts College

Your progress in is your own hands; it is literally up to you. When you first start training, you will probably be content to train once or twice per week. As you progress to a higher standard, you may want to increase your training and karate commitment. As far as your club instructors are concerned, everyone is a potential Black Belt: the only person who can decide how far you wish to go is yourself.

The club you will train with is part of the respected Anglo Traditional Karate Association (ATKA), affiliated to the Federation of English Karate Organisation (FEKO) and Karate England. The standard of instruction you will receive is acknowledged to be the highest in the country. You will be taught the traditional Okinawan and Japanese syllabus in order to successfully pass each grading examination and you will receive authentic recognised certificates on attaining each of your belts.

There are no specific timescales to follow for grading but as a rule, at least 24 lessons between each examination will enable the average student to reach 5th Kyu green belt. This equates to 2 lessons a week for 3 months, or 1 lesson a week for 6 months. To obtain higher grades, the number of lessons and time between each grading will obviously increase.

Read more: How long does it take to grade?

Josh Johnson Sensei has been teaching authentic Wado Ryu Karate-Do in England and worldwide since 1965. He is a karate traditionalist and therefore teaches and runs the Yid-Ga-Ling Dojo in a traditional manner. All affiliated Dojo linked to the Yid-Ga-Ling main dojo (Hombu) are run in the same way.

Any Martial Art is a lifelong commitment which, in time, will improve a person's discipline and etiquette, as well as mental and physical strength.


Wednesday Wado Ryu: Karate Training (All Grades) 18.30 - 19.30


Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre, Acre Close, Leeds, LS10 4HX

-Gareth Glendinning, 1st Dan  

Friday Beginners/Open Class 18.00 - 19.30


Ferrybridge Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, 
WF11 8PQ 

Al Friedle, 5th Dan
Joe Todd, 2nd Dan
Emma Western, 1st Dan

Wednesday Advanced Class 18.00 - 19.00
Friday Beginners/Open Class 18.00 - 19.00


Park Junior Academy, Medley Street, Castleford WF10 4BB

 Graham Herbert, 4th Dan
Joe Nowell, 1st Dan


Monday Wado Ryu : Kata Training (All Grades) 18.00 - 20.00
Uechi-Ryu : Karate Jutsu 18.00 - 20.00
Judo : Traditional Judo 20.00 - 21.00
Tuesday Kung Fu : Chen Sao Kung Fu 18.30 - 20.30
Wednesday Judo : Traditional Judo 18.30 - 20.30
Thursday Wado Ryu : Junior Karate (Dragons) 17.00 - 18.00
Uechi-Ryu : Karate Jutsu 18.00 - 20.00
Wado Ryu : Karate Training (Adults) 19.00 - 20.30
Friday Private Tuition Only Dojo Closed
Saturday Wado Ryu : Karate Training (Adults) 9.00 - 10.30
Wado Ryu : Junior Karate (Dragons) 12.00 - 13.00
Wado Ryu : Junior Karate (Dragons) 13.00 - 14.00
Kobu Jutsu : Okinawan Weaponry 14.00 - 15.00
Wado Ryu : Karate Training (Adults) 15.00 - 17.00
Sunday Black Belt Training 12.00 - 14.00
Karate Training (Adults) 14.00 - 15.00


Wakefield Karate College, Thompson's Yard, Wakefield, WF1 2TP


Sunday Wado Ryu: Karate Training (All Grades) 10.00 - 11.30


Pontefract Sports & Social Club, Chequer Close, Pontefract, WF8 2TF  

-Al Friedle, 5th Dan
-Matthew Hancock, 2nd Dan
-Joe Todd, 2nd Dan  

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