BWKU British Wado Ryu Karate Union


About BWKU

In 1972 our Chief Instructor Andrew Genery sensei attended his first karate lesson. His father Ken has seen an advert for a local club.

The club did not teach children but only agreed to allow Andrew and his sister to train as Ken also wanted to join.

The club belonged to the UKKF under Tatsuo Suzuki sensei.
The Doncaster club under went a few changes with founder Tony Storey moving away eventually leaving Ken as the highest grade senior, Green belt. Suzuki sensei introduced the club to John Moreton sensei who helped the club develop by attended one Friday each month .

The club stayed with Suzuki sensei until 1988 when a political device split the UKKU. Ken Genery at the time was UKKW General Secretary.

Andrew sensei had become the youngest person to be awarded 3rd Dan by Suzuki sensei.

A group of clubs stuck together to form the British Wado Ryu Karate Union (BWKU). The head of this new group was taken ill and had to stand down early in 1988. This left Andrew sensei has the highest grade.

Andrew took over coaching responsibilities and Ken looked after the administration side.
The group maintained links with many groups such as Scottish Karate Federation under Hamish Adam sensei, John Moreton sensei.

The group joined the English Karate Board , later to be the English Karate Federation. Andrew sensei became EKF Vice president and Coaching Director.

The group has maintained links with many high profile Karate ka who regularly visit , these include Geoff Thompson, William Thomas, Ticky Donovan, Wayne Otto and Calum Robb to name a few.

The group continues to promote the development and promotion of Wado Ryu karate


Kishin Karate Academy
Adwick Sports Centre, Welfare Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7QF
Instructor: Andrew Genery
Tel: 07932 631630

Kishin Karate Academy
Armley Sports Centre, Carr Crofts, Armley, Leeds, LS12 3BH
Instructor: Andrew Genery
Tel: 07932 631630

Kishin Karate Academy
St John’s Church, Staincross, Mapplewell, Barnsley, S75 6AY
Instructor: Andrew Genery
Tel: 07932 631630 or Ken Genery 01302 721283

Kishin Karate Academy
Kinsley And Fitzwilliam Community Centre, Wakefield Road, Kinsley, Pontefract, WF9 5BP
Instructor: Andrew Genery
Tel: 07932 631630

Ren Bu Kan
Pleasley Landmark, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG19 7SP
Instructor: Balfour Martin
Tel: 07768 706870

Howden Karate Club
Shire Hall, 11 Market Place, Howden, Goole, DN14 7BJ
Instructor: Mike Stevens
Tel: 01403 860649