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

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

GDPR

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

Events June/July 2018

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

GKI Summer Gasshuku 2018

For those interested in the 2018 GKI Summer Gasshuku the details are:

Dates: Wed, July 25th – Sat, July 28th

Location: San Luis de Sabinillas, Spain

Hosted by: Club Deportivo de Karate Goju-Ryu NSK

The club have created a dedicated web site for the event, which has the training schedule, details of local hotels and online registration:
GKI Summer Gasshuku 2018

There is also a Facebook event with more information:
Facebook: GKI Summer Gasshuku 2018

There has been a lot of interest from other GKI clubs, national and international, for this event so you might want to book early to avoid disappointment.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Winter Gradings – Location & Times

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

Sunday 10th Dec in Weymouth:

6.00 – 9.00pm Brown / Black Belts (1st & 2nd Dans)

Monday 11th Dec in Weymouth:

5.30 – 7.00pm Junior White & Yellow Belts

7.15 – 9.30pm Senior Kyu Grades

Tuesday 12th Dec in Dorchester:

5.30 – 7.30pm Junior Orange-Purple Belts

7.45 – 9.30pm Senior Black belts 3rd Dan+

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. Don’t forget that mitts are now becoming compulsory at gradings.

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

Grading Fees:

Adult: £20.00

Junior (under 18): £15.00