Newsletter – June 2024


This year’s AGM was held via Zoom on Wednesday 22nd May 2024. Due to increasing commitments Carly Barrett-Greening has had to step down from the position of Club Safeguarding Officer (but will continue to be involved in this role with the GKI). This position has been taken over by Hannah Davis whose contact details are  Please welcome Hannah to the club.

Alice Mango has stepped down as Club Secretary and Sheilagh Anderson has taken over this role.

The Club would like to thank both Carly and Alice for all of their hard work, commitment and dedicated involvement over the previous years.

Club Fees

Club fees have remained the same for several years and Sensei Pete has always worked towards keeping them as low as possible. The rise in cost of living has finally affected the club financial situation and the committee agreed at the AGM that it is essential to increase the fees across the board.

The Club does not want current members to feel that they are unable to continue due to this rise. Please contact Sensei Pete directly if you need to discuss this.

The new fees are as follows:

Juniors (6 – 18) Monthly fee
Karate £30 (standing order / cash)
£32 (cheque)
Seniors (18+)
Karate or Kobudo £40 (standing order / cash)
£42 (cheque)
Both Karate & Kobudo £60

A family group of 1 adult plus 2 or more children should add £5 to the adult fee.

Grading dates June/July 2024

Friday 28th June – All Dojos: Junior Intermediates, green – purple/white belts (7th – 4th Kyu) 4.45-6.30pm Weymouth.

Mon 1st July – All Dojos: Juniors, white – orange belts (10th- 8th Kyu) 5 – 6.30pm Weymouth

Mon 1st July – All Dojos: Adult white – purple/white belts (10th-4th Kyu) 6.45 – 8.45pm Weymouth

Tue 2nd July – All Dojos: All brown & black belts (3rd Kyu +) 6.30 – 9.00pm Dorchester

Forthcoming Events:

*23rd June 2024:                Brown & Black Belt training – Berkshire

*14th July 2024:                  Brown & Black Belt training – Berkshire or Hertfordshire

20th July 2024:                  Inter Club Kumite only, point sparring competition (adults and children) – Weymouth

*15 – 17th August 2024:      International Summer Gasshuku – Sweden

*15th September 2024:       Referee Training – Weymouth

*13th October 2024:            GKI Nationals – Woodley

*9 – 10th November 2024:   International Winter Gasshuku – Birmingham

*Further details on these events can be found on the GKI website:

No class Milbourne St Andrew

July 4th 2024                      Due to General Elections being held in the church hall there will be no class that evening.

Newsletter – May 2024


Wessex Karate Academy is run by a committee which is elected at the Annual General Meeting.  This year’s AGM is to be held via Zoom on Wednesday 22nd May 2022 at 8.30pm.

We are always looking for new committee members and, this year in particular, a new welfare officer.

Please speak to Senseis Peter Thompson or Paul Foot if you want to be involved. But please feel free to attend if you are just interested to see how the club is running.


The Summer gradings will be held on Friday 28th June, Monday 1st July and Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

Further details on who will be grading on which days will be provided closer to the time.

Forthcoming Events:

18 – 19th May 2024:  Mini Gasshuku – Swansea, Wales

23rd June 2024: Brown & Black Belt training – Maidenhead, UK. Sensei Len teaching

14th July 2024: Brown & Black Belt training – Maidenhead, UK. Sensei John teaching

15 – 17th August 2024: International Summer Gasshuku – Sweden

9 – 10th November 2024: International Winter Gasshuku – Birmingham

Further details on these events can be found on GKI website:

Mini Gasshuku – Spain 8/9th March 2024

The Spanish GKI association are hosting a mini-Gassuku from Fri 8th – Sat 9th March, to be held at Castellar de la Frontera, Spain, all GKI members are invited to attend. The exact times are yet to be confirmed, but airport and accommodation information is shown below.

For more information, please contact:

Letter from Jorge Ferreira and Fernando Melo:

“The purpose of this technical event is to be a communication bridge among the various GKI members in an environment where visions and knowledge about the art we practice are shared. In this workshop, we will have the participation, by invitation, of Sensei Peter Thompson (7 Dan), and other attending senseis who will surely contribute a lot of knowledge and training to the athletes participating in this event.

Any questions about this event can be directed via email ( or WhatsApp to Sensei Fernando Melo (0034 627198785) or Sensei Jorge Ferreira (0034 663413241). We will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

We hope to see all of you soon in Spain…
Jorge Ferreira & Fernando Melo”


Sports Hall, Calle Las Rosas,
11350 Castellar de la Frontera (Cádiz)


Nearest airport – Gibraltar (15 minutes from Castellar de la Frontera)

More flight options airport – Málaga (about 1h30m from Castellar)


Hotel La Almoraima – Closest to the Sports hall – La Almoraima Hotel

Tugasa Casas Rurales – Small old houses inside the Castle (about 15 minutes by car) – Tugasa Casas Rurales Castillo de Castellar

NH Campo di Gibraltar – 4 star Hotel with shopping near (about 15 minutes by car) – NH Campo de Gibraltar

Christmas class times

Next week (Mon 18th-Fri 22nd) all Karate classes will be on as usual. For kobudo and 121 sessions please check.

The Friday 22nd evening class in Weymouth will be Bring a Christmas Hat to Class!

The following week, between Christmas and New Year, all classes are closed except Friday, 29th, when all the WEYMOUTH-only classes will be on – 10 – 11.30am and 4.45-6pm.

We return to our full timetable on Tuesday 2nd January.

Winter Gradings 2023


The next grading times have been set as follows:

Monday 4th Dec 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm  Juniors 10th – 8th Kyu

6.45 – 8.45pm Adult Kyu grades 10th – 6th Kyu

Tuesday 5th Dec 2023 – Dorchester Dojo:

6.00 – 8.00pm Advanced Juniors and Adults 5th Kyu – 1st Kyu

Friday 8th Dec 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

4.45 – 6.30pm Intermediate Juniors 8th Kyu – 5th Kyu


There will be no normal classes on the above days, only Thursday Milborne class and the Friday morning Weymouth class are still on.

All students are expected to attend their grading group whether they are grading or not. Please remember to bring mouth guards and hand mitts.

The grading fees are:   Adult £20.00       Junior £15.00

Please ensure licenses are up to date.