The Chichester dojo will be hosting a Brown and Black Belt training session on Sunday 8th September 2pm – 4:30 pm.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday, 19th May there will be a Judo course with Olympian, Ashley Mackenzie. The course will be held at WTMA Gym. The cost is £20 Please see Sensei Peter for more information.
There will be a traditional Ju-jitsu course on Saturday, 18th May at WTMA Gym (Weymouth Dojo) from 12-1.30pm. This is open to any students over 16. Please book through Sensei Peter. The cost will be £10.00.
With the sunshine washing away the cold, members from several dojos enjoyed 3 hours of training followed by a small charity fundraiser.
Seniors training open to all GKI students from 1st Dan upwards at the WTMA dojo in Weymouth.
Course fee £15
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.
Congratulations to Chris Mallinson and Gary Roberts on passing their 1st Kyu kobudo grading.
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.
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