Winter Gradings 2023

Gradings

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.

 

 

Summer Gradings 2023

Gradings

The next grading times have been set as follows:

Monday 3rd July 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm  Weymouth Juniors 10th – 8th Kyu

6.45 – 9.00pm Adult Kyu grades

Tuesday 4th July 2023 – Dorchester Dojo:

4.45 – 6.15pm Dorchester Juniors 10th – 8th Kyu

6.30 – 8.00pm Advanced Juniors 6th Kyu 3 mon – 3rd Kyu

Friday 7th July 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm Intermediate Juniors 8th Kyu – 6th Kyu 2 mon

 

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.

AGM

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 5th July 2023 at 9.00pm.

A Zoom link will be available on the club’s Facebook page prior to the meeting.

Please speak to Sensei’s Peter Thompson or Paul Foot 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.

Competition

16 students from Wessex Karate Academy attended this year’s National children’s competition in Woodley, Berkshire. The students gained 13 golds, 10 silver and 3 bronze medals plus the tournament trophy.

There will be a Wessex Inter Club competition in October 2023.

Safeguarding Update

Wessex Karate Academy is highly vigilant in protecting children and vulnerable adults. The organisation believes about the importance of making children and vulnerable adults safe and protecting individuals from abuse. This statement is based on fundamental principles about children’s and Human rights.

In 2020 the club attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts “mark”.

Our safeguarding policies can be located on the website: https://www.wessexkarate.co.uk/safeguarding/

Wessex Karate Academy Welfare Officer: Carly Barrett-Greening Tel: 07850 732303 Email: welfareofficer@wessexkarate.co.uk

 

 

 

Winter Gradings 2022

Gradings

The next grading times have been set as follows:

Sunday 11th December 2022 – Weymouth Dojo:

1.30 – 3.30pm  Advanced Juniors (orange to purple belt)

5.30 – 8.00pm   Adult Brown/Black belts

 

Monday 12th December 2022 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm  Weymouth Junior White & Yellow belts

7.00 – 9.00pm Adult Kyu grades

There will be no normal classes on this day.

 

Tuesday 13th December 2022 – Dorchester Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm Dorchester Junior White & Yellow belts

There will be no normal classes on this day.

 

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.

 

 

Newsletter – 20 June 2022

Gradings

The next grading times have been set as follows:

Sunday 10th July 2022 – Weymouth Dojo:

12.00 – 2.00pm  Advanced Juniors

4.00 – 7.00pm   Adult Brown belts

 

Monday 11th July 2022 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm  Weymouth Junior White & Yellow belts

7.00 – 9.00pm Adult Kyu grades

There will be no normal classes on this day.

 

Tuesday 12th July 2022 – Dorchester Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm Dorchester Junior White & Yellow belts

There will be no normal classes on this day.

 

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.

 

 

Winter Gradings – Nov 8th, 9th 2021

This year’s winter grading will be split as follows:

Monday 8 Nov 2021 – Weymouth Dojo

5.00 – 6.45pm Children – White and yellow belts
7.00 – 9.00pm Adults- White to Purple belts

Tuesday 9 Nov 2021 – Dorchester Dojo

4.45 – 6.45pm Children – Orange to Purple belts
7.00 – 9.30pm Adults- Purple/white and higher

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

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

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.

Newsletter – Oct 2020

Winter Gradings

We are pleased to announce our first main group grading of the year. To be held on Sunday 22nd November 2020 at the Weymouth dojo. The gradings will be as follows:

Adults – all kyu grades:    10.00 – 12.30pm

Children – white & yellow belts:  1.30 – 3.00pm

Children  – orange belts & higher:  3.15 – 5.00pm

Due to limitation on numbers, if you are not grading please ask your instructor if you should attend the session.

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

 

Mini Gasshuku

On Friday 6th November we are holding a mini Gasshuku at the Weymouth dojo in preparation for the black belt gradings being held on the following day.  The spaces will be available first for black belts and then brown then to other kyu grades until all the spaces have been booked. Booking is now available online through the normal Wessex booking page. Training is from 4.45 til 7.00pm and the cost will be £15.00.

Safeguarding Statement

Wessex Karate Academy holds safeguarding, mental health and well-being as a priority within our club. Some of our members have shared how karate has been a lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic. We ask that members approach either Sensei Pete or our welfare officer, Carly  07850 732303 if you have been affected by the pandemic or have longer term needs that can be born in mind when considering individual needs within the club.

Secondly, our club wish to make an ‘only way is  Wessex Karate’  short film.  Watch this space! Filming short stories of how karate has helped you personally with mental health or diagnosed needs within the pandemic. This film can help advertise and apply for much needed funding. Please approach Pete, Aaron or Carly if you wish to take part or have a story to share.

 

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

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.

Summer Gradings 2019

Weymouth Junior White & Yellow belt group.

As the weather warms up students have been feeling the heat as grading week has arrived. Over the course of the grading’s Wessex students have proven just how talented they are.

With this being the very first grading for most of the youngest juniors, many between the ages of 6 and 9, everyone involved were overwhelmed by their brilliance. The adults showed just as much heart demonstrating their techniques and true karate spirit.

Head instructor Peter Thompson had to point out just how proud of the club he is afterwards. Watching the level of his students as they trained throughout the grading’s, he couldn’t hide the impressed grin upon his face.

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

Clothing

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