Southhill summer fete 2019

Most folks enjoy a good school fete, with fun games and even a fire truck to see but for the kids who train with Wessex Karate Academy it was an excellent chance to show off their skills and techniques. With a short demonstration lead by Sensei Peter of some Ippon kumite and some basic techniques the crowd were thoroughly impressed. And the students all had a lot of fun letting their classmates see some impressive karate applications.

Beach training 2019

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: 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.

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


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