The Bu'sen Martial Arts dojo in Twickenham where children have their grading
The kids practice some holds during one of the Judo training sessions in Wandsworth
Individual Karate practice in Wandsworth after one of the high-grade training sessions
Lots of emotions going into this Judo grip by this child student in Wandsworth!
One of the Bu'sen Karate practitioner at a Karate competition for children
Kids practising a Judo throw at the Wandsworth dojo
Concentration is key when practising a Kata at the Judo and Karate club in Wandsworth
Happy faces at the Judo grading at Bu'sen
A Ju-Jutsu throw at a competition


Yawara Martial Arts is run by Sensei Dave Clarke and we have clubs in West London (Wandsworth), Woking and Lightwater. Sensei Clarke started training Martial Arts (Judo) at the age of 6 in 1969. He started training with Sensei Frank Perry at the Honbu in Sandycombe Road, Kew, Surrey, South West of London. Sensei Clarke is a 4th Dan in Judo, 5th Dan in Karate and 4th Dan in Ju-Jutsu. He is a full time Martial Arts instructor and is therefore able to put 100% into his teaching.

We, at Yawara Martial Arts, hope you find this site of great interest and we look forward to seeing you in the dojo at one of our clubs in and around London. You find a full sitemap here.

Living in London and wondering what benefits Martial Arts can give your child or children? Karate and Judo are the ideal sports for kids for building self-confidence, co-ordination, balance, discipline and courtesy, while learning basic Martial Arts self-defence skills.

Let's look at 10 reasons for why Martial Arts benefit children.

  1. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline, which will benefit children of any age.
  2. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids on the playgrounds in London may not always have much common ground, but devotees to a sport like Karate or Judo are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits.
  3. Encouraging Physical Activity – Enrolling children in a physically demanding pastime like Judo or Karate does not only discourages a sedentary lifestyle, but also gives an enjoyable activity that inspires them to keep going.
  4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Judo and Karate are based around accomplishment systems of coloured belts that signify a degree of skill. When children strive toward each new belt, they learn valuable lessons about setting and reaching goals.
  5. Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so a child's self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he or she masters and every belt he or she earns.
  6. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any Martial Arts style require children to show the instructor and their peers unflinching respect. Judo and Karate give lessons in respect along with new moves.
  7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – It may sound contradictory, but many defensive Martial Arts styles teach kids non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
  8. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the Martial Arts skills being taught and advance through the belt ranks of Judo and Karate, children will have to exercise superior listening skills.
  9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in practice to master a new strike, there are few things that are done alone. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson where Martial Arts can help.
  10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of Martial Arts training like Judo and Karate don't end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help to navigate the academics of school and other aspects of life.

Wandsworth Club

Wandle Recreation Centre
Mapleton Road
SW18 4DN

Lightwater Club

Lightwater Leisure Centre
The Avenue
Lightwater, Surrey
GU18 5RG

Tel: 01276 472662

Chris Brown

Yawara Martial Arts

Seiki-Juku Headquarters in London

Advanced Class

From 23rd September 2014 we’re back with a beginners Karate class 6-7pm and an advanced class 7-8pm on Tuesdays. Fridays remain with a 6-7pm class for all levels.

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Get your UKSKO licence online!

Do you need to renew your UK Seiki-Juku Karate Organisation licence? Now you can do it online!

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Yawara Martial Arts now at Wandsworth Prep!

Did you know that Sensei Dave Clarke is now also teaching kids at Wandsworth Prep?

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Individual or Team Sports for Kids?

15 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for your Kids than Team Sports.

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Lightwater Club on Google Maps

Our Lightwater Club is finally on Google Maps! Come and visit us!!

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Updated Calendar

The yearly calendar has been updated! Worth taking note of the Judo & Karate gradings that are coming up in March.

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Join Today!

Interested in Judo & Karate classes in London for kids?

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Contact Number: 07956 291064


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Karate can be practiced as budō, as a sport, as a combat sport, or as self defense training.

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Judo, meaning "gentle way", is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century.

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Dojo etiquette

When joining a Martial Arts club and attending classes it is important to understand the Dojo etiquette.

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Martial Arts in London

Our clubs in London (Wandsworth), Woking and Lightwater, South West of London, are family orientated clubs run by professional instructors. Karate and Judo are the ideal sports for kids hoping to build self-confidence and discipline, while learning basic self-defence skills.

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Karate Syllabus

Here you find the Karate Syllabus.

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Karate Gradings

A grading systems allows all students to proceed through levels, or grades, signifying their growth and development. Whilst it is not mandatory for students to go through the grading system, it is a great way for both adults and children to have their progress recognised.

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Judo Gradings

A grading systems allows all students to proceed through levels, or grades, signifying their growth and development. Whilst it is not mandatory for students to go through the grading system, it is a great way for both adults and children to have their progress recognised.

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