About Us

On Wednesday 17th November 1973 Sensei Barry Wilkinson, a 1st Dan Black Belt, founded The Farnham Karate Club. First held at Badshot Lea Village Hall, it was for many years the only Karate Club for miles around

The Club moved in 1974 to Weybourne Village Hall and opened up additional training sessions at The T.A. Centre, Guildford Road. It later on moved to The Memorial Hall where Farnham Karate Club held three sessions a week Tuesdays & Thursday evening’s and a Sunday Morning session as well at the Farnham Memorial Hall.

The Club now runs on Wednesdays & Saturdays at The Gostrey Club Brightwells but will move back to the Memorial Hall in the Autumn of 2017

Many Senior Black Belts of great standing started their Karate lives at the Farnham Karate Club. A tournament called the “Waverly Karate Tournament” held all through 1980’s, was a four Club affair including: Haslemere, Godalming, Cranleigh & Farnham. They all competed in this local derby in both Kata (Pre-arranged form) & Kumite (Karate controlled fighting), the Farnham Karate Club Won the Waverley Karate Cup every year.

Sensei Barry Wilkinson

8th Dan Black Belt

Sensei Barry started Wado Kai Karate in February 1968 and has dedicated his whole life to it. During his career, he has studied under many of the leading Wado Kai exponents, such as: Master Toru Arakawa – 9th Dan Black Belt, Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki – 8th Dan Black Belt, Sensei Katsumi Kobayashi and Sensei Takayuki Maeda.

Sensei Barry Wilkinson’s Black Belt Achievements has also been impressive:

  • 3rd Dan Black Belt: Archive in 1977. One of the first to achieve this grading in the UKKW (United Kingdom Karate-do Wadokai).
  • 4th Dan Black Belt: Awarded by the EKA (English Karate Association) in Autumn 1981.
  • 5th Dan Black Belt: Awarded by the BKW (The national body for Wado Kai Karate in the UK) in October 1987
  • 6th Dan Black Belt: Awarded by the EKGB (English Karate Governing Body) in September 1997
  • 7th Dan Black Belt: Awarded by the EKGB in June 2002
  • 8th Dan Black Belt: Awarded by the Federation Wado-Kai Europe during the 41st European Wado Kai Championship in November 2013 at Hungary.

Currently Sensei Barry is Vice-president of the Federation of Wado Kai Europe (FWE) and member of the Technical Committee since 2005.

Over the years, Sensei Barry has helped, trained and developed hundreds of students on a karate level and a personal/life style level.

If you have been one of the lucky ones to have been taught by Sensei Barry, you would have heard the saying “First is first and second is last! – Concentration, awareness, technique and speed are everything”.

Sensei Nick Perkins

5th Dan Black Belt

Sensei Kevin Holden

3rd Dan Black Belt