Interclub Competition – 22 May 2022 (Updated)

WKA will be hosting an interclub tournament on Sunday 22nd May. Students from all the affiliated clubs will be taking part, including Weymouth, Dorchester, Milbourne St. Andrew, Crewkerne, and Cornwall. We encourage parents and family members to stay and support the students.

Sunday 22 May – Competition

Estimated Times

9:00am – 10:00am Venue setup – please help if you can
10:00am – 12:30pm Individual Kata + Team Kata
1:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Kumite
3:30pm – 4:00pm Medals and grading certificates

There will be some food and drink available to buy on the day but we recommend all juniors bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

All competitors should bring the following:

  • Gi & belt
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch / snacks

Kumite competitors must also bring:

  • Mitts
  • Gumshield
  • Shin+insteps (if you have your own)

If you haven’t already applied to take part and would like an entry form you can download it here:

Entry Form

Please complete it and hand in to Sensei Pete ASAP.

Help Wanted

During the day we’ll need lots of adult help to keep the competition running smoothly, if you’re available to help please contact Sensei Pete. Specifically we need:

  • First Aid Support
  • Refreshments stall
  • Photographer

Christmas class times

All Karate classes will continue as normal up to Monday 20th December and return on Monday 3rd January 2022.

Every year we do a class over Christmas week, this year there will be two, on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th, class times maybe different so please check each day below.

Monday 13th -Friday 17th: All classes on as normal

Monday 20th – All classes on as normal

Tuesday 21st: No junior class. Adults 8-9.30pm

Thursday 23rd: Closed

Friday 24th: Closed

Monday 27th: Mixed class open to all 6-7.30pm

Tuesday 28th: Adults 8.00-9.30pm

Thursday 29th: Closed

Friday 30th: Closed

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th January: All classes return as normal

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Winter Gasshuku – Weymouth (19 Nov – 21 Nov)

The booking system for the winter Gasshuku is now open on the GKI site, spaces are limited so please book early:

International Gasshuku, Wessex , England . Friday 19th November – Sunday 21st Nov 2021

From the GKI:

“Sensei Pete Thompson (6th Dan) will be hosting the International Gasshuku at his dojo in Weymouth this November

The senior instructors at the Gasshuku will be:

Sensei Len Sim – 8th Dan

Sensei Kevin Nason – 7th Dan

All the training will take place at Wessex Traditional Martial Arts in Weymouth.”

The Sayonara Party will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Weymouth on Sat 20th Nov, from 7:30PM till Midnight. If you wish to book a room special hotel rates have been negotiated for the event, details are available on the GKI booking page.

Training timetable (from 19th July)

We are pleased to confirm that we will be returning to St Mary’s Church Hall from Tuesday 20th July 2021.

The new class times are shown below:

Monday5.00 - 6.00pmWeymouth
6.00 - 7.15pmWeymouth
Juniors 8Kyu+ (Orange belts or higher)
7.15 - 8.45pmWeymouth
Tuesday4.45 - 5.45pmDorchester
(St Mary's)
All Juniors
5.45 - 6:15pm...continuing for 7Kyu+
8.00 - 9.30pmDorchester
(St Mary's)
Thursday5.15 - 6.45pmMilborne St. AndrewAll Students
Friday10.00 – 11.30amWeymouth
4.45 – 5.45pmWeymouth
SundaySuspended for Summer


Beach training – Sat 3rd July 2021

All students are invited to a beach training session on Saturday 3rd July. For those that don’t need to rush off, there will be a social afterwards.

Where –  Sandsfoot Castle beach, Castle Rd, Weymouth. DT4 8QE

Time – 10am – 12pm (meet on 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 – Free to students on monthly memberships. £5 for those playing per class

Note: Please make sure you have sun cream applied before training.

For children attending without an adult please make sure you have submitted a permission slip to Sensei Pete.

Winter Gradings – Sunday, Dec 13

This year’s (revised) winter grading will be on Sunday 13 Dec 2020 in the Weymouth. dojo. The gradings will be broken up into three sessions:

10.00 – 12.30pm Adults – all kyu grades
1.30 – 3.00pm Children – White and yellow belts
3.15 – 5.00pm Children – Orange belts and higher

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.

Due to social distancing restrictions if you are not grading please ask your instructor if you should still attend the session.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

AGM 1st Sep 2020 – 9pm

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 1st Sep 2020 at 9pm, after the adult’s zoom training session.

All members are welcome and encouraged to take part. If you would like a role within the club or just interested in how the club is run please join in. For more information please contact Sensei Pete.

June training update

Message from Sensei Pete regarding the gradual return to normal training and private classes:

"Most classes are the same as the last few weeks but you will see 121 on some days, these are private sessions for adults like I did before lock down at the dojo. Some are now booked for four weeks but one is open to be booked each week and I will slowly increase them. They are paid for separately and you will need to contact me direct. 

As it stands I will be running them from Radipole park in Weymouth but I may look into a Dorchester venue in the near future.

From next week will start small classes for up to six students, I will probably do a single children's class and a couple of adult or family classes, because of demand and contact rules they will need to be booked in advance. I will be prioritising to those students who cannot train online but have been paying fees throughout this period. If this is you please get in touch to let me know if you are interested.

I will be keeping most zoom classes going and every online class you do counts towards your zoom certificates and future grading attendances so lets keep training!"