Sensei Eleni Suzuki Training Course

North Down Wado Ryu Karate clubs have announced they will be hosting a summer training seminar in August. The special guest instructor making a return appearance to the province, will be Sensei Eleni Labiri Suzuki 6th Dan, the wife of our late great Japanese Master, Professor Tatsuo Suzuki.

Sensei Eleni can lay claim to first class technical and teaching credentials, having trained intensively with her husband until his passing in 2011. Additionally, she has travelled internationally with Sensei to many countries and participated and assisted in many black belt seminars and gradings.

Venue: St Patrick’s, Newtownards
Date: Sat, 10-Aug-2013
Times: 12:30 to 14:30

This training event is open to all karateka and will be followed by a kyu grading exam for qualifying WIKF members following the training session. Please note, Sensei Bell will be attending this event so there will be no regular club training, however Sunday’s class will be on as usual. Sensei Bell encourages all Kiryoku members to attend this event.

2013 WIKF World Cup

The 7th WIKF world cup championships will take place at the end of September in London. This 3 day competition event will see karateka from all over the world coming together to compete for multiple events including kata, kumite and tanto dori. There will also be limited places available for special training seminars with the WIKF World Chief Instructor, Jon Wicks 8th Dan preceeding the competition. This year will also herald the introduction of the Suzuki Championship Cup in honour of the late grandmaster, Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki.

Full details can be found in the event info pack on the WIKF England website:

World cup info pack PDF

World Cup info pack

Venue: K2, Crawley, London
Day 1: Fri, 20-Sept
Day 2: Sat, 21-Sept
Day 3: Sun, 22-Sept

As Sensei Bell will be attending this event to support our competing club members, there will be no regular training classes that weekend.

Training break for July Holidays

As the Robinson Centre will be closed over the July holiday weekend, there will be no training classes on the following dates:

Sat, 13-Jul
Sun, 14-Jul

Sensei Bell reminds all karateka who wish to grade in August of the importance of regular training and kata practice and encourages all students to keep it up at home over the break.

Training reminder


All students are reminded that there is no club training this weekend, as Sensei will be at the spring seminar. Also, the following Sunday will be the monthly Kata squad training session, and all federation karateka are welcome.

Spring training course

Newtownards, Bangor and Downpatrick Wado Ryu Karate clubs have announced they are delighted to host a special spring training seminar at the end of this month. The special guest instructor will be Sensei Eleni Suzuki (6th Dan), the wife of the late Japanese Master, Prof. T. Suzuki.

Sensei Eleni can lay claim to first class technical and teaching credentials having trained intensively with her husband for many years. Additionally, she has travelled to many countries, participating and assisting with hundreds of black belt seminars.

Training and grading sessions as follows:

Date: Sat, 27-Apr-2013
Time: 12:30 to 14:30
Venue: St. Patricks Hall, Newtownards
Training will be followed by a kyu grading session for all qualifying karateka.

Date: Sun, 28-Apr-2013
Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: Ballymote Leisure Centre, Downpatrick

As Sensei Bell will be attending both sessions, there will be no regular club training that weekend. All students are invited to attend these special training events.

Easter training schedule

The good news is that there will be training as usual on Saturday. Unfortunately, The Robinson Centre is closed Easter Sunday so there will be no class. Pls remember (while consuming huge amounts of chocolate) that Sensei Bell has indicated there is a grading session coming up soon and everyone is reminded of he importance of training at home, especially when regular classes are off. Happy Easter!

Easter training:
Sat, 30-Mar-2013: On
Sun, 31-Mar-2013: Off

Training on St. Patricks weekend

The Robinson Centre will not be open on Sunday, 17th March so there’ll be no be no Sunday training next weekend. Saturday’s class will take place as normal tho.

As there is currently a lot of renovation work going on, it’s not yet clear if classes the following weekend can take place yet. More info will be posted here as we get it.

UPDATE: The Robinson Centre is going to be open on Sunday after all, so the regular training class is back on. We’ve also been told that the building works should not affect next week too.