Hello. I was almost going to say that it is my first time trying out martial arts, but had to stop because I did some Shukokai stuff as a kid. Though that certainly had some direct contact sparring, I felt that it lacked variety and was not very serious, so I'm just going to say that I am taking a relatively fresh start at MA.
It took me a while to search for what's available in my area, read about all of them and apply a whole lot of skepticism. This forum certainly had some helpful topics. I finally found a Wado Ryu karate do dojo.
It turns out that it's a small organization of its own and has a slightly different symbol than what is on the wiki article on Wado Ryu. They are, however, friends to a bigger one who uses the symbol displayed on the wiki. Upon further inspecting, it seems that this organization has more of the adult people, while the other Wado Kai contains a lot of youngsters.
Sent a message to the teacher, hoping to learn more. Asked him about his sensei, sparring and other things.
The sparring thing sounded okay. He told me that they begin with less contact at the beginning and move on to more as you learn. Maybe he was saying so as to not scare me away.
The sensei who taught him came off as spiritualistic after googling him for a bit. Chi, knocking out a person with three finger movements, getting an opponent on the floor without a single punch. Sounds legit.
Another brow-raiser. When I asked why one should, at all, do katas, he replied saying that that is a very tough question. And not a word more about it. Fishy. Or perhaps he questions them, as well?
Members on the gallery... as much as I like the advantage of being the most handsome guy around and therefore being able to easily grab all the girls (if there are any), I kind of do not want to be surrounded by uglies. Not just that, they don't particularly look like they've got the tiger's eye, more like "I'm 40, weak and my life is going nowhere". As looks can be superficial, is this something to be ignored?
And again, another problem with looks. I haven't met the guy in person, but from pictures, my would-be sensei looks like something in-between fat and trained. It is rather hard to see if the person is fat or their bones and muscles really are like that. Although I don't actually care about belts, I intend to inquire more about achieving higher belts and how much cardio they involve.
The cost is 15 euros per month, with each week having 3 lessons, meaning I’d get 18 hours of training for every 15 euros, which sounds reasonable. That I was told I could attend lessons for free until I feel that it’s for me was even more encouraging.
I’m thinking of following that advice and seeing if I can get to spar within 3 lessons. If this stuff really works and they kick my ass with it, then I can be sure it’s worth the money.
One thing I simply could not find during my two days of searching for all available info was the technique. Well, not quite true. I did find a some books and DVD-s, all available for $$$. Nothing for free and I guess I'll have to patiently wait until first class if I don't want to throw money away, not knowing if I'd get anything good in return. Can anyone find direct me to any material or some criticism on Wado Ryu technique?
I'll be going in in a few days and I wish to know at least a thing or two about technique before-hand. I'll also come back and give an update on my experience.