Dojo HQ address: 126 Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, TS24 7LP
"Hartlepool Wadokai will be at the cutting edge of initiatives that enable local people to overcome disadvantages, disabilities and obstacles to achieve their full potential in karate, regardless of standard."
"Our mission is to create a sustainable, not-for-profit; self governing organisation that caters to the needs of its membership, by delivering outstanding opportunities, coaching and support, Hartlepool Wadokai will provide the platform for its members to achieve success."
Club Welfare / Child Protection
The welfare of our students is our number one priority at all times.
All of our Instructors are CRB police checked and registered with The Wadokai England Karate-Do Federation and The Japan Karate Federation, each is qualified to teach Traditional Wado Kai Karate under the guidance of Sensei K. Sakagami 7th Dan, President of Wado Kai England and Aiwakai Karate-Do.
The club is managed by an Executive Committee made up of instructors, students and parents. The committee is responsible for the day to day running of the club and also deals with long term planning – leaving the instructors free to teach classes!
The club hosts a number of annual national courses and an annual members-only competition for its junior students, whilst students and instructors attend regular courses and competitions across the UK, Europe and further afield.
The club has a thorough and active development plan in place which covers every aspect of the club. This ensures that the club is continually improving, building on our successes, learning from our mistakes and ultimately making the club better for the students.
Hartlepool Wadokai isn't just about Karate, we also aim to have an active social calendar too. We organise a variety of social events throughout the year including cinema, bowling and hiking trips. Our students and instructors are also active in a variety of other sports such as Scuba Diving, Hiking, Climbing, Kayaking and the more traditional football, not to mention other Martial Arts.
The following documents control how Hartlepool Wadokai and its members conduct themselves, please familiarise yourself with their contents.
If you cannot open any of the files, then please email us and we will send them to you via email. Or, all of these policies are available for viewing on club training nights.
The Wado Aiwakai Karate-do Federation was founded in 1989 by Mr Kuniaki Sakagami, 7th Dan who has been teaching karate in England since 1970. Aiwakai is one of the largest organisations within the English Karate Federation and has a successful group of clubs throughout the UK. Aiwakai is a founding member of the Wado Kai England Karate-Do Federation.
Aiwakai host annual Summer and Winter training camps and monthly 'Technical Courses'; 'Instructors courses' and 'Squad training' sessions throughout the year, and also a number of Karate Championships, which are held nationally and are open to all Aiwakai members.
For more information on Aiwakai please visit the website or speak to a club instructor.
The Wadokai England Karatedo Federation was set up to bring Wado together in England. Wadokai England is a broad alliance of independent Wado associations and clubs. Under its president, Kuniaki Sakagami 7th Dan, the Federation offers members and associates access to courses, Japanese registered Dan gradings and the Wadokai England Squad. Wadokai England is looking to re-unite Wado Karateka in a spirit of friendship.
The Japan Karate-Do Federation overseas the main four styles of Karate throughout the world. Our style is 'Wadokai' so we belong to the JKF-Wadokai. The JKF-Wadokai has over 1 million practitioners of Wadokai Karate in Japan alone, and many more in almost every country of the world.
Being part of the JKF-Wadokai means that all Dan Grades are recognised internationally. It also means that selected students can enter most JKF-Wadokai events including but not limited to the Wado World Cup, The Wado World Championships & the European Wadokai Championships. The JKF-Wadokai also run many international Wadokai seminars with some of the worlds best Sensei.
Hartlepool Wadokai is directly affiliated to the JKF-Wadokai as a branch dojo AND it's affiliated through Aiwakai.
What is The English Karate Federation?
Any and all enquiries should be directed through the English Karate Website.
Hartlepool Wadokai fully supports all levels of competitor from Grass Roots, right through to World Class. As a club, we actively promote all levels of competition to our members (though competition is in no way compulsory!). We also run an annual club-only competition and a number of 'inter-club' events for our members, these events are a great introduction to the tournament circuit.
Both Aiwakai and Wadokai England hold regular squad training sessions throughout the year, these are held all over the country and are open to all students wishing to be selected to the Wadokai England National Team. This gives students access to numerous National events as well as the annual European Wadokai Championships and the Wadokai World Championships. Hartlepool Wadokai currently have a number of students on the Wadokai National team.
The English Karate Federation hold weekly Regional Squad Training Sessions and Open Squad Training Sessions twice per year held throughout England. These sessions give students a chance to make the 'All Style' National Team and give students further access to international competition.