JAPAN 2016                                                                                                                                   Our groups senior instructor will be in Japan for three weeks during July and August along with a large number of our group's members and their families. During this period our dojo in Barnstaple, Bideford, Crediton and Okehampton will be closed, with the last training session before Japan being at our Barnstaple dojo on Tuesday 19th July. Normal classes and training will resume as from Thursday 11th August. During this period though our group's hombu dojo in Torrington will remain open as normal (apart from the children's class) on Monday and Thursday evenings 7.00pm - 9.00pm with the normal three class structure. These classes will be taken by a number of senior and experienced black belts. For further information please pick up a flyer at your next visit to any of our group's five dojo or visit our group's Facebook page.

                                                             Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai's annual Summer Kyu Grading Examinations were held at the Budo Centre, Mill Lane, Barnstaple on Sunday 5th June with the following members successful in being promoted:                                                                                                                                       Promoted to 10th Kyu: Ramunas Plekavics, Reuben Spear, Charlie Srisaeng and Logan Harris.           Promoted to 9th Kyu: Ethan Hare, Carys Fellows, Tercia Galley, Max Johnstone, Sophie Graddon, Aaron Bryant, Matthew Berry, Samuel Berry and Django Parry.                                                           Promoted to 8th Kyu: Harry Colverson, Jake Copp, Poppy Challacombe and Daniel Berry.                  Promoted to 6th Kyu: Yohan Miller.                                                                                                  Promoted to 5th Kyu: Kieran Beer.                                                                                                  Promoted to 4th Kyu: Bradley Lambert.

                                                                                                    At the 2016 Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Winter Course held in Guildford, Surrey three members of the  Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai attempted Dan Grade examinations in front of the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy Dan Grade panel which included the new and third Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Sensei K.Otsuka. All three members were successful in passing with many congratulations go to Mark Vallei from Exeter on passing 1st Dan, James Bolton from Bideford on passing 2nd Dan and Gary Moore from Exeter on passing 3rd Dan. Honourary member Noriko Mitsuhashi from Japan, but now living in Holland also passed 3rd Dan. 

JAPAN 2015
At the end of last August our group's senior instructor Sensei Peter Hill 6th Dan along with the chief instructor for the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Academy in Italy, Sensei Fernando Palladino 6th Dan traveled to Japan to attend the memorial service and pay their respects to the late Sensei H.Ohtsuka II 10th Dan Saiko Shihan, the second Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate-Do.

They also attended the presentation of Sensei Kazutaka Otsuka as the third Grandmaster of Wado-Ryu Karate- Do which was held at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Recently at the British Karate Federation Championships in Glasgow senior Devon Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kai member and former European Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Kata Champion Matthew Soanes 4th Dan from Torrington was awarded his British Karate Federation Referee's badge from the English Karate Federation's chief referee Mr Dale Gamble. Sky TV filmed much of the day on the area Matthew was officiating on and was aired recently.