omoiyari karate school


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Omoiyari is a Japanese word for being mindful and thoughtful, which is emphasised to our students on a daily basis for being the key to a happier, successful and more prosperous life.

Sensei James who runs the school in Balham and Southfields has twenty years of experience in both teaching and competing in karate. He is trained by former England International Sensei John Sideras who coached James from white all the way up to black belt and when he was competing all over the country becoming a multiple national medalist at the official England Championships with the former EKGB (English Karate Governing Body).

Sensei James and his colleagues, with their vast experience have coached children up to become British and National Champions and medalists and are still working hard with their students to teach them valuable life skills that will stay with them forever.

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our classes

Our classes are for all children aged 5 plus and are split according to ability rather than age. Beginners are for white and red belts, then yellow, orange and green belts and finally blue belts and above.



Our classes are based in different primary schools around Balham and Southfields. Your child is welcome at any class and does not need to attend the school to attend our classes.


The syllabus is taught based on the style of Wado-Ryu which has been tried and tested for over 40 years. It has produced England competitors and British and National Champions and medalists.

There is no need, however for any of our students to compete if they don’t wish to.


“James has been leading a karate club at Ravenstone since ____ During this time he has inspired children to become the best athletes possible. The child always responds to James with such respect and he always shows it back. It has been great as a school to see children being graded and succeeding with their karate skills. Thank you James. “

2017 - Joe Croft, Headteacher at Ravenstone Primary, Balham

“We are delighted to have Omoiyari Karate at St. Michael’s. The sessions provide the children with the opportunity to develop their martial arts skills and confidence as well as create a sense of discipline for later life.”

Anne-Marie Grant, Headteacher at St Michael's Primary School, Southfields.