Mini Gasshuku – Spain 8/9th March 2024

The Spanish GKI association are hosting a mini-Gassuku from Fri 8th – Sat 9th March, to be held at Castellar de la Frontera, Spain, all GKI members are invited to attend. The exact times are yet to be confirmed, but airport and accommodation information is shown below.

For more information, please contact:

Letter from Jorge Ferreira and Fernando Melo:

“The purpose of this technical event is to be a communication bridge among the various GKI members in an environment where visions and knowledge about the art we practice are shared. In this workshop, we will have the participation, by invitation, of Sensei Peter Thompson (7 Dan), and other attending senseis who will surely contribute a lot of knowledge and training to the athletes participating in this event.

Any questions about this event can be directed via email ( or WhatsApp to Sensei Fernando Melo (0034 627198785) or Sensei Jorge Ferreira (0034 663413241). We will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

We hope to see all of you soon in Spain…
Jorge Ferreira & Fernando Melo”


Sports Hall, Calle Las Rosas,
11350 Castellar de la Frontera (Cádiz)


Nearest airport – Gibraltar (15 minutes from Castellar de la Frontera)

More flight options airport – Málaga (about 1h30m from Castellar)


Hotel La Almoraima – Closest to the Sports hall – La Almoraima Hotel

Tugasa Casas Rurales – Small old houses inside the Castle (about 15 minutes by car) – Tugasa Casas Rurales Castillo de Castellar

NH Campo di Gibraltar – 4 star Hotel with shopping near (about 15 minutes by car) – NH Campo de Gibraltar

Newsletter – 14 Mar 2022


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 27th April 2022 at 8.30pm.

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

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.

Forthcoming Events

3rd April 2022 – Seniors training – Twyford / Reading

10th April 2022 – Brown / black belt training – Weymouth

24th April 2022 – GKI AGM and Seniors training – Reading

1st May 2022 – All grades Kumite training – Weymouth

8th May 2022 – Brown / black belt training – Weymouth

15th May 2022 – Tournament & referee training – Weymouth

22nd May 2022 – Wessex interclub tournament – Weymouth

26 – 29th May 2022 – UK Gasshuku Wokingham

Summer Mini Gasshuku Belguim – to be confirmed

2 – 4th September 2022 = Summer Gasshuku Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Karate Information Books

Dave Vest has kindly updated the Companion of Traditional Karate. These can be purchased from Dave at £10.00 each.

Wessex Interclub Tournament

After a gap of a few years we are pleased to announce the next Tournament on 22nd May 2022. This will be a Wessex Interclub event open to all students from our Wessex clubs including Crewkerne and Falmouth.

Events will include kumite, kata and team kata.

More details and application forms to follow.


We would like to welcome the Falmouth club to Wessex Karate Academy. We now have clubs in Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.


Social: Walk at Golden Cap – Sat 5th Mar

Our first social event of 2022 will be a walk at Golden Cap on Saturday 5th March. The walk will be approximately 10km with a stop at Seatown for a pint and chips (chips optional). Open to all – children, adults and family.

Time: 10:30am

Meet at Eype House public car park:

Please let Natasha know if you’re going so we don’t leave without you!

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

Updated: Beach Training – 25 May 2019, 10am-12pm

UPDATED: Wessex Karate Academy will be hosting a beach training session on Saturday, 25th.

Time – 10am – 12pm (Meet at Sandsfoot Castle Gardens at 9.50am, or if later come down to the beach).

Where –  Castle Cove beach, Old Castle Rd, Weymouth. DT4 8QE. New steps have just been built to get down to the beach.

What to bring – Gi trousers, white t-shirt, (ideally WKA t-shirt, no coloured t-shirts) or gi jacket, belt, water bottle, towel.

Cost – £5.00

Can all children taking part make sure they have any sun cream applied before training

Children’s Gasshuku: This is change from the original gasshuku planned with Twyford Karate Academy which are no longer able to attend.

If your child is interested, please contact Sensei Peter.

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.

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

Martial Arts Open Day – Apr 14th

Wessex Traditional Martial Arts is holding a Martial Arts open day on Saturday 14th April 2018, 9:30am – 2pm.

Location: WTMA Gym in Weymouth

The day will include 30 minute workshops in many of the various martial art styles run at the WTMA gym, including:

  • Okinawan Karate
  • Traditional Judo (*)
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (*)
  • Okinawan Weaponary (*)
  • Boxing
  • Taekwondo

(*) Students must be 14 or older to take part.

The event is being held as a fund raiser for a new roof at the gym and a £5 minimum donation is requested.