Christmas class times

The last regular training session of the year is Sun 22nd Dec. Normal classes resume Thursday 2nd Jan.

Fri 27th Dec: For those looking to burn off some excess Christmas calories Sensei Pete is running a post Christmas training session in Weymouth on Friday 27th Dec.

Wessex Karate Academy wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Grading Times & Newsletter – Nov 2019

Winter Gradings

Forthcoming grading dates are as follows:

Fri, 6th December in Weymouth

5.30 – 7.30pm Junior Green – Purple Belts

Monday, 9th December in Weymouth

5.00 – 6.45pm Junior White, Yellow, & Orange Belts  (Weymouth based)

7.00 – 9.30pm Adult Kyu Grades

Tuesday, 10th December in Dorchester

5.00 – 6.45pm Junior White, Yellow, & Orange Belts  (Weymouth based)

7.00 – 9.30pm Brown & Black Belts

Junior beginners have been split into two groups based on their main training location. Speak to your instructor if you are unsure which one you should attend.

Please remember to bring mouth guards / mitts and shin pads.

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

Please note it is not automatic that you will be entered for the grading. You must achieve a minimum number of hours training to be entered.

All students are expected to attend their grading group whether they are grading or not.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

Falmouth Training

Wessex students have been invited to the Falmouth Dojo to attend a course by our own Sensei  Peter.  The course, for all seniors, will be on the weekend of Saturday 7th (2.30-5.30pm) and Sunday 8th December (10.30-13.30pm).

If you are interested please confirm promptly to Sensei Peter together with whether you require accommodation on the Saturday night.

Children’s Christmas party

There is a Christmas party for the junior club members at the Weymouth dojo on the Saturday 14th Dec, 3.30 – 5pm. The cost is £2 per child.

Christmas Meal

This year’s Christmas meal will be on Saturday 21st December 2019 at the New Vic, Weymouth from 7.00pm.

The cost will be £22.00 to include a 3 course meal, disco and raffle.

Please give your menu choices and £5.00 deposit to Claire Carlin by the end of this week

Summer Gasshuku

Students and Instructors recently attended the Winter Gasshuku in Winnersh, Berkshire.

Congratulations to the following students who have been promoted as follows:

Phulmaya Bhusal    2nd Dan

Natasha Hope         2nd Dan

Dave Vest                1st Dan

Newsletter – Sep 2019

Children’s Gasshuku

On Saturday 5th October there will be a Children’s only Gasshuku in Birmingham (same venue as competition), from 12 – 4pm. This is for children between 4 and 14 years of age. The cost will be £10.

This training session will be run by Shihan James Rousseau, our chief instructor. There will also be a guest instructor, Sensei Antonio Moreira, 7th Dan, from Portugal.

Please see Sensei Peter if you are interested.

National Championships

This year’s National Championships is being held in Birmingham on Sunday 6th October.

Entry form can be downloaded here:

Competition Practice

There will be competition practice on Sunday 22nd September at the Weymouth Dojo from 10 – 12pm. There will be no charge for this extra practice. Please let Sensei Peter know if you will be attending.

Summer Gasshuku

Students and Instructors recently attended the Summer Gasshuku in Belgium. Congratulations to the following students who have been promoted as follows:

Scott Robyns:               5th Dan      

Claire Carlin:                1st Dan

Aaron James Mallon:  1st Dan

Toby Webber:               1st Dan

Belgium Gasshuku 2019

This year’s GKI annual summer Gasshuku, or training camp, was hosted by the amazing Belgium dojos who provided an outstanding course. Held in Grobbendonk over 4 days, the Gasshuku was attended by Karateka from the UK, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, South Africa and, of course, Belgium

Eleven members of the Wessex club attended the event, with four students grading at black belt levels; the pressure was on! The outcomes were successful, with three students gaining their 1st degree Black belt (Shodan) and one student achieving his 5th degree Black belt (Godan).

 The record breaking temperature wasn’t the only thing turning up the heat, as all four members of the club; Claire Carlin, Aaron James Mallon, Toby Webber and Scott Robyns were struggling with injuries before or during the course and grading.

Watching the proceedings, with injuries from a sprained ankle to torn ligaments, head of the Wessex club Peter Thompson was just as stressed as those grading! But he said he couldn’t be prouder of his students, even going on to say that he had goose bumps watching the 3 new Shodan’s perform their katas.

The newest Godan in the GKI organisation, Scott Robyns, said that “All round it was a great time; the course was well organised with a vast list of great Sensei’s.

Beach training 2019

With the weather on our side Wessex karate had its first beach training
session on Sandsfoot beach.

Students spent the session going over their katas, demonstrating ippon
kumite techniques and improving their basic techniques in the sunshine before all diving into the sea for a bit of fun and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Newsletter – Feb 2019


Wessex Karate Academy is run by a committee which is elected at the Annual General Meeting.  This year’s AGM is on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 7.30pm at the WTMA Gym (Weymouth Dojo).  

We are always looking for new committee members and this year in particular a new treasurer.

Please speak to Paul Foot (Chairman) if you are interested in being involved.  But please feel free to attend if you are just interested to see how the club is running.


Wessex will be hosting a Black Belt only training session on Saturday 31 March 2019 at the WTMA Gym from 10am – 1pm. The fee will be £15.00 which is reduced to £10.00 for Wessex students who have booked in advance.

On Saturday 27 April 2019 there will be a traditional Ju-Jitsu course. Please see Sensei Peter for more details.

Kobudo Grading

Congratulations to Chris Mallinson and Gary Roberts on passing their 1st Kyu kobudo grading.

Summer Gasshuku

This year’s Summer Gasshuku is being held in Bouwel, Belgium from 24 – 27th July 2019. Please see the link on the GKI website for more information.

Keeping Up To Date

Please don’t forget to check the Wessex Karate Academy’s Facebook and Website for news, updates and announcements.

Home is where the Dojo is.

Local martial artists are celebrating their 4th year at the Wessex Traditional Martial Arts Academy (WTMA), located at 83 Lynch Lane, Weymouth.

The head of Wessex Karate Academy, Mr Peter Thompson (6Th Dan Goju-Ryu Karate) expresses his immense gratitude for all who helped him turn the former warehouse home of New Look into a modern and well equipped Dojo (training hall). It took a lot of hard work and dedication but the club grows every day and couldn’t be happier.

The Dojo is now the proud home of many clubs boasting a wide array of styles such as Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu and Kobudo, alongside multiple fitness classes and even a Baby ballet class.

The Dojo is also used for courses held by many important martial artists from around the globe, with ties to other clubs worldwide. The WTMA is fast becoming a major hub for martial arts in the south of England.

Recently Ian Rossiter, a 4th Dan in Jujitsu, held a two-part seminar looking at a variety of traditional Jujitsu and Brazilian Jujitsu techniques.

He had this to say afterwards; “I have had the utmost pleasure training and teaching alongside the Instructors at Wessex Traditional Martial Arts and I find it refreshing to find that the traditional values of martial arts are at the core of what is taught here.”

He went on to praise the “fantastic facilities” and its “knowledgeable instructors”.

The WTMA hopes to have more events like this as it moves into the New Year.

New students are always encouraged to come in and find out what’s available, as there are classes on every day.

Mark Bradley returns to training after stroke

Wessex Karate Academy is delighted (and proud) that Mark Bradley has returned to training after suffering a brain haemorrhage a few months back.

On the 4th of August 2018, after a pleasant day with his wife Sue, Mark, a retired member of the Royal Navy, suffered a brain haemorrhage which caused him to suffer a stroke.

Recognising the signs of a stroke from the act F.A.S.T. adverts, Sue called 999 and the paramedics responded rapidly arriving quickly and getting Mark to Dorchester hospital. A CT scan revealed bleeding on the brain. He was transferred to Southampton hospital for more tests on the 8th.

Thanks to the swift aid, Mark was in good spirits with his usual sense of humour joking to the nurses about it being Christmas every day in heaven.

Mark was released from the hospital on the 15th and started feeling extremely low. After leaving the hospital he was awash with thoughts like “Have I got this disability for the rest of my life?”

He tried his best to get back to some exercise and private training as soon as possible, both at his karate dojo and local swimming pool.

His Occupational Therapist said she was very happy for him to keep up his Karate training as it would help speed up his recovery. After starting up Goju-ryu Karate at the Wessex Martial Arts Academy in 2010 after a 19 year break from a different style, Mark achieved his first dan black belt in the summer of 2017 and has been the entertainments manager of the clubs committee for the past three years.

At first he was worried to return to classes normally as “knowing things I could do before but can’t do now made me feel dreadfully anxious. But after being back in class a few times that’s all gone.”

The whole club is thrilled to have him back with us and are deeply thankful for his rapid recovery; one of the black belts, Natasha Hope said, “It’s good to see him back in here with a smile on his face!”

Other members of the club have noted that now that he is recovering Mark is finding a new understanding of the technique and his karate is improving at an amazing rate.

On the 15th of October, just over ten weeks after his stroke, Mark came back to training trying to get at least three sessions a week in. He accredits his miraculous recovery to being physically strong, having a sense of humour and the support from his friends and wife Sue.

Grading Times & Newsletter – Nov 2018

Winter Gradings

Forthcoming grading dates are as follows:

Sunday, 9th December in Weymouth

1.00 – 2.30pm Junior White Belts

3.00 – 5.00pm Junior Coloured Belts

Monday, 10th December in Weymouth

 6.30 – 9.00pm  Adult Coloured Belts

Tuesday, 11th December in Dorchester

 6.30 – 9.30pm Senior Brown & Black Belts

Please note there will be no normal classes from Sunday 9th through to Tuesday, 11th December.

You must be regularly training to be entered for a grading. Not all students will be automatically entered for a grading.

Please remember to bring mouth guards, hand mitts and shin pads.

Please ensure that licences are up to date.

Christmas Meal

This year’s Christmas meal will be on Saturday 8th December 2018 at ‘The New Vic’, Weymouth from 7.30pm.

The cost will be £20 per person

Please give your menu choices and £10.00 deposit to Mark Bradley by 23rd November


Please see Sensei Peter for any orders for clothing etc for those Xmas presents