About the club

Club Information 

Grey Wolf Karate has been awarded “CLUB OF THE YEAR for 2015” by British Wadokai. Sensei Mick Adams 5th Dan Renshi was also awarded "SENSEI OF THE YEAR for 2015" by Sensei Gary Swift 8th Dan Kyoshi of British Wadokai both prestigious honours that the club members are very proud of and reflect their dedication to learning traditional Wado.

Sensei award 2015

The Grey Wolf Karate club is based in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire. The club was originally set up by a small group of people who wanted to train together in the spirit of traditional Wado-Ryu karate. We currently provide training sessions for anyone from beginner up to advanced levels but only accept students who are willing to work to the best of their individual abilities in order to develop as karate practitioners.

Authentic, Original and Traditional Wadoryu Karate Ju-Jutsu of the British Wado Kai Karate-do Federation; "It's the original, we don't 'make it up' along the way!"  
(Sensei Gary Swift, 8th Dan Kyoshi). 

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Training Sessions

If you wish to train, please always ensure you arrive at the dojo (training hall) 10 minutes prior to the start of the session in order to get changed etc.

When: Monday Evenings

        7.00-8.30pm Advanced training for adult members
When: Wednesday Evenings

6.15-7.15pm Beginners of all ages and family groups*    
7.15-8.15pm Adult Training (16 years old and over)
*Karate can be a family activity and we encourage children and parents to train together.
When: Saturday Mornings

8.00-9.00am Advanced Training
-10.00am Training for all members

See the 'Location' page for more information about how to find our training venues.


See below for fee details. Two options are available to club members. The first is to pay per session and the second is to pay per month:

Option 1- Per Session

£6.00 per training session

Juniors (16 years old and under)
£4.00 per training session

Option 2 - Per Month

£25.00 per month

Juniors (16 years old and under)
£15.00 per month

Family Membership
£45.00 per month (more than two and up to four members of the same family household)

Note that the paying fees per month cover ALL Monday, Wednesday and Saturday training sessions for which you are eligible. Payment is usually by bank transfer. Please contact the club for details.

Fees are used to pay for the cost of hall hire, purchase of training equipment, and fund activities which benefit club members; we do not profit from our members.


Either a karate uniform (gi) or loose training bottoms and t-shirt. We train in bare feet so no footwear is required. 'Gi's and other clothing and equipment can be purchased through the club. A starter pack is available on request which includes lightweight 'gi', club badge, licence and insurance. A child's student gi typically costs in the region of £13.00. Adult gi's are slightly more expensive depending on the size required.

The club's instructors have all been training and teaching within the spirit of Wado-Ryu for many years and are used to teaching both adults and children. Instructors' and students' expertise and training are maintained in line with the standards set down by the Eikoku Wadokai Karate-do Renmei (British Wadokai):
To register your interest in joining the Grey Wolf Karate club please contact us or come to a training session.  Your first session will be free and you are under no obligation

For more information about Wado-Ryu and what happens in a typical British Wadokai club, read the 'The Wado Karate Dojo' guide on the 'Information for Parents' page. Despite the title, the document contains information that both youngsters and adults either thinking of taking up karate or at the early stages of training will find helpful.

All members and their grades are currently registered with and licenced by British Wadokai. Instructors are qualified Sports First Aiders and CRB Checked.


News & Announcements:

Nidan Grading 19 March, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Sempai Caroline was awarded her 2nd Dan by Sensei Gary Swift 8th Dan Kyoshi during a four-hour course on Saturday 19 March 2016.  Caroline is an inspiration to us all, her commitment and spirit are unyielding, she is always the voice of reason and her skills as an instructor are enhanced by her attention to detail.  Congratulations sempai Caroline, well deserved.  

GWK Grading 23 January, 2016

group photo

Successful members of Grey Wolf karate club who attended the January 2016 grading, including the winners of the student of the year awards proudly displaying their shields.

student awards

Sensei Mick Adams 5th Dan Renshi with (left to right) Ewen Rees and Tyler Martin both rewarded for their commitment and achievement during 2015 with "sensei's trophy" and Matthew Roberts and Denzil Ind students of 2015 voted for by the club yudansha. The trophy is theirs but the shield will be returned to the club for next years awards.  All should be proud of what they have achieved in the last twelve months amongst stiff opposition. 

Obi tying and dojo kun

Four students taking their first belt and showing they have learnt how to tie their belt correctly (the obi) and can recite the rules of the dojo - the dojo kun.
kihon waza - mawashi geri chudan

Kihon waza - basic techniques need to be performed with the correct spirit and knowledge of their body mechanics to enable the student to obtain the maximum from their training in their journey towards executing perfection.


Kumite - (pairs work) is performed to allow the students to work with different body sizes and heights, to learn distance and timing.  Kumite is a precursor to sparring which is required for higher grades.

successful students

Three of our juniors displaying their grading certificates and wearing thier new obi's.

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We are delighted to announce that recent sponsorship from the Ernest Cook Trust is allowing us to purchase much needed equipment and training mats. The Trust's generosity means that we can do more to help youngsters and adults in and around the Fairford area develop the physical and mental skills and confidence that good karate training brings. These are also skills for life. To read more about the good work that the Ernest Cook Trust does, click on their logo, above.

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