Hi there, new to MAP but have been training in martial arts since 1980. I originally studied in a Wado Ryu variant called Tai Sabaki Do (set up by our Sensei Ben Warren in the 1970's) primarily a self defence art as the name implies. He took the orginal Wado kata's and self defenced them up emphasizing tai sabaki avoidences. We did a full range of basic kicks, punches and blocks (guards I suppose as we never used stength to block a strike). I attained Shodan in 1986 and my 2nd Dan in 1994. As well as this style of karate I've also trained in Shotokan, Wado Ryu and some Judo. Tai Sabaki Do closed around 2007 due to falling rolls - I haven't really trained since then except that my 10 year daughter just started training at a local Shukokai karate club in Leeds and guess what I started at the same time and am about to take my first formal grading with her. Very hard to go from being one of two senior instructors to a white belt again but humility is good for the soul (or so I'm finding). I'm also toying with the idea of refounding Tai Sabaki Do - I still have all the basic syllabuses and kata's so who knows.