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

Christmas class times

Next week (Mon 18th-Fri 22nd) all Karate classes will be on as usual. For kobudo and 121 sessions please check.

The Friday 22nd evening class in Weymouth will be Bring a Christmas Hat to Class!

The following week, between Christmas and New Year, all classes are closed except Friday, 29th, when all the WEYMOUTH-only classes will be on – 10 – 11.30am and 4.45-6pm.

We return to our full timetable on Tuesday 2nd January.

Summer Gradings 2023


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.


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.


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:

Wessex Karate Academy Welfare Officer: Carly Barrett-Greening Tel: 07850 732303 Email:




Special event: 18 Feb 2023

All Grades Training Event

On Saturday 18th Feb 2023 there will be a special training event to raise funds for Sensei Mieke. It costs £15 and will be held in Dorchester and on Zoom.

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: St Mary’s hall (Dorchester), Zoom

How to book

Option 1. Dorchester Event

Please contact Sensei Pete and pay your £15 directly to him. Places are limited to the first 25 applications.

Option 2. Zoom Event

Alternatively, if you would like to join the Zoom event from home please book your place on the GKI web site:

GKI: Zoom – All grades training


Christmas class times

All classes this week (19 Dec) are ON. For those training on Friday 23rd please bring a Christmas hat.

Classes from the 26th-30th will be closed except for Friday 30th morning 10-11.30am. This class is open to all ages.

Classes will resume from Tuesday 3rd January.

Winter Gradings 2022


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 – August 2022

Cancelled Classes:

Unfortunately, there will be no classes on the following dates due to instructor unavailability:

Friday 19th August 2022 – evening class only

Friday 26th August 2022 – evening class only

Friday 2nd September 2022 – both day and evening classes


Friday Night Classes:

We are pleased to announce the re-starting of Dorchester Friday night classes from 9th September 2022.

The classes will be run by Sensei Jamie from 5.30 – 7.00pm

The Weymouth Friday night class will change to 4.45 – 6.00pm


Tuesday Night Classes:

From 6th September, Tuesday night class times are to change as follows:

5.15 – 6.15pm Junior beginners

6.15 – 7.30pm Juniors advanced

7.30 – 8.00pm Instructors (3rd dan & above)

8.00 – 9.30pm Adults

The advanced class for juniors is for Orange belts upwards, the higher belts are encouraged to do the class before if they wish to do both but shouldn’t do the early class instead of the later one without good reason.

Cornwall Course:

Alice Rollinson from the Falmouth Dojo has organised a course from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th September. Sensei Chris will be taking the training on the Thursday & Friday and Sensei Peter on the Friday and Saturday.

More details on WKA’s Facebook page.

Brown / Black Belt Classes:

Wessex will be hosting the GKI brown / black belt classes at the WTMA Dojo in Weymouth as follows:

Sunday 14th August 1.00 – 3.30pm

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September – further details to be provided as this will combine with first aid training on the Saturday and instructors training on both days.

Please speak to sensei Peter if you are interested.