Training timetable (Oct 2020)

Indoor classes (WTMA Gym – Weymouth)

Indoor classes are size limited so booking is required. To book please click on this link: Karate Class Booking

Monday 5.00 – 5:45pm Children (White & yellow belts)
6.00 – 7.00pm Children (Orange belts or higher)
7.15 – 8.45pm Adults
Thursday 6.00 – 7.00pm Black belts
Friday 10.00 – 11.00am Adults
Sunday 5.00 – 6.00pm Family class

Indoor classes (Yoga Centre – Dorchester)

Indoor classes are size limited so booking is required. To book please click on this link: Karate Class Booking

Tuesday 4.45 – 5:30pm Children (All Grades)
8.00 – 9.30pm Adults

Zoom Sessions

Sunday 5.00 – 6.00pm All students
6.00 – 7.00pm Kobudo

For a link to the Zoom meeting please Contact Us or visit the Facebook site: Facebook: Wessex Karate Academy

Times are subject to change so please check back regularly.

Zoom for Non-WKA Members

Non-WKA members can join in on the Zoom sessions on a pay-per-class basis, please use the Buy Now link below to purchase.

Note: The PayPal payment option is for Zoom classes only, if you need to pay for other classes please Contact Us.


Zoom Virtual Training

Sensei Pete will be hosting a Zoom virtual training session on Fri 26 Mar 2020. If it’s successful the plan is to host several a week over the next coming weeks and months. Tomorrow’s sessions will be:

3pm – Adults

4pm – Kids

Please see the Facebook site for more information about joining the Zoom session:

Facebook: Wessex Karate Academy

Covid-19: Virtual training

With the government asking all gyms to close and the rules on social distancing our normal training regime has been turned upside down. However, karate training never stops and so Sensei Pete and the other instructors are working on virtual training resources for all WKA members.

More details to follow!


Wessex Karate Academy is following all government and Sport England advice for Coronavirus. As such all classes are on as usual unless otherwise notified.

“… given that being fit and healthy acts as a deterrent to most infections, it’s crucial that members of the public continue to lead active lives throughout this period, whether that’s using a local gym or walking or cycling, where it’s possible to do so…”

Sport England – Coronavirus: information for the sector

If the guidance changes we will post updates to this web site and our Facebook page.

Newsletter – March 2020


Wessex Karate Academy is run by a committee which is elected at the Annual General Meeting.  This year’s AGM is on Friday, 24th April 2020 at 7.30pm at the WTMA Gym (Weymouth Dojo).  

We are always looking for new committee members.

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.

Kumite Course

Sensei Peter will be doing a Kumite training course on Sunday 15th March from 1.00 – 2.30pm at the WTMA Gym. The course fee will be £5.00 and is open to all adults and cadets who train at a senior’s class.

Summer Gasshuku

This year’s Summer Gasshuku is being held in the UK at Chichester from 22 – 25th July 2020. Please see the link on the GKI website for more information and to book your place.

Skittles Night

Dave Vest has organized a skittles evening on Saturday 21st March 2020 at the Colliton Club, Dorchester from 6.30pm. The cost will be £5 per person and includes a basket meal. Please see Dave to book your place and for menu choice.


Wessex Karate Academy has an inclusive, equal access & welcoming policy for all members.  As such is currently applying to Sports England in achieving ‘Safeguarding Martial Arts Code’. Wessex Karate Academy hold high standards & value the welfare & wellbeing of children & adults who attend karate. Related policies and procedures are in place to uphold safeguarding standards. As part of maintaining standards we wish to remind members of Wessex Karate Academy having a Welfare Officer, Carly Barrett-Greening tel: 07850 732303. Welfare officer policies and procedures, compliment & complaints procedures can be seen on website:

Please do not hesitate to contact Carly or Sensei Peter with any areas you may wish to discuss.

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.