About Us

Wessex Karate Academy is a Community Amateur Sports Club.

The club trains students of any ability from 6 years upwards. All instructors are fully qualified and CRB police registered.

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Dorchester adults class

If you are interested in learning self defence, getting fitter, or wanting to improve concentration and discipline for younger ones, then karate could be what you are looking for.

Feel free to come along and watch or join in. Your first lessons are free. To participate, turn up in suitable sportswear or light clothing.

We welcome enquires for further information or to discuss any individual requirements

We are a non-profit making organisation run by a committee. An annual general meeting is held every April when we report on the years activities and re-elect the executive committee.

Our style of karate is goju ryu and we are affiliated with Goju Ryu Karate International (GKI)

Our Senseis are all qualified instructors complying with the Martial Arts Standard Agency rules. These require completion of an MASA accredited instructors course and a basic qualification in First Aid and are Criminal Records Bureau checked.

Our Chief Instructor is 5th Dan Sensei Peter Thompson who has been training for over 27 years in the UK and in Okinawa, the home of goju ryu karate, and has been in charge of WKA for over 16 years. He is also available for private lessons. Contact him directly for more information.

Two of the club’s senior instructors (Peter and Mary Thompson) are also recognised coaches for children and young people under the National Coaching Foundation.

We welcome your support and involvement in the club and our social activities.