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

National Championships – 30 Sep 2018

This year’s National Championships is being hosted by Wessex Karate Academy.

Date: Sunday 30th September 2018

Time: 10AM

Location: Wey Valley School, Weymouth.

Although the tournament starts a 10am it is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes before hand to ensure you have enough time to prepare.

We encourage everyone to have a go but if you are unable to participate or you are a parent of a student then please come along and support our club.

Additionally we are looking for volunteers to help with the running of the event. We need scorers, timekeepers and caterers. Please speak to Sensei’s Peter or Paul if you are able to help.

Newsletter – Sep 2018

National Championships

This year’s National Championships is being hosted by Wessex Karate Academy, on Sunday 30th September at the Wey Valley School, Weymouth.

We encourage everyone to have a go but if you are unable to participate or you are a parent of a student then please come along and support our club.

Additionally we are looking for volunteers to help with the running of the event. We need scorers, timekeepers and caterers. Please speak to Sensei’s Peter or Paul if you are able to help.

Competition Practice

There will be competition practice on Saturday 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 Spain. Congratulations to the following students who have been promoted as follows:

Chris Fryer: 4th Dan
Charlotte Evans: 2nd Dan
Leah Clarke: 2nd Dan
Amber Clarke: 1st Dan


Grading Times & Newsletter – June 2018

Summer Gradings

The next grading times have been set and are as follows:

Monday 2nd July in Weymouth:

5.30 – 7.00pm Junior White & Yellow Belts

7.15 – 9.30pm Senior Kyu Grades

Tuesday 3rd July in Dorchester:

5.30 – 7.30pm Junior Orange-Purple Belts

7.45 – 9.30pm Mock Grading for Black Belts grading in Spain

Friday 6th July in Weymouth:

7.00 – 9.30pm Brown / Black Belts (1st & 2nd Dans)


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

Please remember to bring mouth guards / mitts and shin pads. Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00


To comply with the new GDPR, Wessex Karate Academy have produced a Privacy Policy which is available to view on our Website and a paper copy will be available at the Weymouth Dojo (WTMA Gym).

Upcoming Events:

Se see below a list of upcoming events / training opportunities. Further information has / will be provided nearer to the time. Please see Sensei Peter if you have any questions.

Saturday 2nd June- Kobudo training in Frome. 10am

Saturday 9th June – Display at St Andrews Primary School Fair. 12pm (meet by 11.30)

Sunday 10th June – GKI brown & black belt training. Weymouth 1-3.30pm

Friday 15th June – Year 1 Karate taster at Damers First school, Dorchester. 9am-12

Tuesday 19th June – Uechi Ryu class with Dell Hamby. Dorchester, 6.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 20th June – Kobudo Course with Dell Hamby. Weymouth 10am-4pm

Thursday 21st June – Kobudo Course with Dell Hamby. Weymouth 6-9pm

Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July. Club gradings. TBC

Sunday 8th July – GKI Brown and black belt training. Reading. 1-3.30pm

Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th July. Summer Gasshuku, Spain