About us

Khalsa Karate was formed in 2004 at the Kingston YMCA under Head Instructor Satinder Sehra. The style practiced at the Khalsa Karate Centre is Sensei Chris Thompsons Washinkai Karate-Do based on Wado-Ryu, one of five major karate schools.

About Khalsa Karate

The term "Khalsa" is a Sikh Terminology for "Pure". Khalsa Karate is based on that very foundation in that it practises all aspects of correct karate-do in the way it was designed to be taught. The word "Pure" is described in the dictionary as "excessive insistence of correctness", and its on this continuous belief of correctness the centre continues to grow from strength to strength.

About Khalsa Karate

Khalsa Champions is a member of Frontier Karate Confederation and World Karate Federation through the English Karate Federation, the National Governing Body for England.

About Khalsa Karate

Karate Style Practised

Washinkai Karate

For almost 40 years Sensei Chris Thompson has been at the forefront of Karate in England. Chris Thompson began studying karate in 1969.During his early years he trained with many of the first Japanese Wado Ryu instructors to come to England and Europe. Instructors such as Suzuki, Fuji, Maeda and later Kiturma, Kobayashi and Shinohara all played a part in his early karate training.

A successful competitor in kata and kumite it wasn't long before Chris Thompson was teaching and in 1978 formed the Washinkai Karate Organisation.

Throughout the 1980s, Chris Thompson was the Southern representative of the British Karate Association (BKA) helping to maintain the high standard from Associations applying for membership of that organisation.

Born out of his experiences home and abroad, training with other Japanese instructors from the four major schools of karate, Shotokan, Goju Kai, Shito Ryu and Wado Ryu, the Washinkai style is an eclectic style with firm Wado roots.

A successful author and star of the video series "Essentials of Karate" Chris Thompson holds the rank of 8th Dan and held the post of Technical Director for English Karate for many years.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Founder of
Washinkai-Karate-do Renmei
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Wado Ryu

The name Wadō-ryū has three parts: Wa, dō, and ryū. Wa means "harmony," (same character as tao) means "way," and ryū means "style." Harmony should not be interpreted as pacifism; it is simply the acknowledgment that yielding is sometimes more effective than brute strength.

From one point of view, Wadō-ryū might be considered a style of jūjutsu rather than karate. It should be noted that Hironori Ōtsuka embraced Shotokan and was its chief instructor for a time. When Ōtsuka first registered his school with the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai in 1938, the style was called "Shinshu Wadō-ryū Karate-Jūjutsu," a name that reflects its hybrid character. Ōtsuka was a licensed Shindō Yōshin-ryū practitioner and a student of Yōshin-ryū when he first met the Okinawan karate master Gichin Funakoshi. After having learned from Funakoshi, and after their split, with Okinawan masters such as Kenwa Mabuni and Motobu Chōki, Ōtsuka merged Shindō Yōshin-ryū with Okinawan karate. The result of Ōtsuka's efforts is Wadō-ryū Karate.

To the untrained observer, Wadō-ryū might look similar to other styles of karate, such as Shōtōkan. Most of the underlying principles, however, were derived from Shindō Yōshin-ryū an atemi waza focused style of Jujutsu. A block in Wadō may look much like a block in Shōtōkan, but they are executed from different perspectives.

A key principle in Wadō-ryū is that of tai sabaki (often incorrectly referred to as 'evasion'). The Japanese term can be translated as "body-management," and refers to body manipulation so as to move the defender as well as the attacker out of harm's way. The way to achieve this is to 'move along' rather than to 'move against'— or harmony rather than physical strength. Modern karate competition tends to transform Wadō-ryū away from its roots towards a new generic karate that appeals more to the demands of both spectators and competitors.

Wadō-ryū moves from the balls of the foot rather than the heel, which affects the delivery of almost every technique, the stances and the kata. It works well with the jūjutsu applications that Wadō retains and improves the tai sabaki that is a core of Wadō training and application in comparison to the "low stances and long attacks, linear chained techniques" that typify the way Shōtōkan developed after the split.

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