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Newsletter – May 2024

AGM

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 22nd May 2022 at 8.30pm.

We are always looking for new committee members and, this year in particular, a new welfare officer.

Please speak to Senseis Peter Thompson or Paul Foot if you want to be involved. But please feel free to attend if you are just interested to see how the club is running.

Gradings

The Summer gradings will be held on Friday 28th June, Monday 1st July and Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

Further details on who will be grading on which days will be provided closer to the time.

Forthcoming Events:

18 – 19th May 2024:  Mini Gasshuku – Swansea, Wales

23rd June 2024: Brown & Black Belt training – Maidenhead, UK. Sensei Len teaching

14th July 2024: Brown & Black Belt training – Maidenhead, UK. Sensei John teaching

15 – 17th August 2024: International Summer Gasshuku – Sweden

9 – 10th November 2024: International Winter Gasshuku – Birmingham

Further details on these events can be found on GKI website: gki.org.uk

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: karate.nsk@gmail.com

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 (karate.nsk@gmail.com) 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”

Venue

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

https://maps.app.goo.gl/tExNZJmYdVXfaNTB7?g_st=ic

Airports

Nearest airport – Gibraltar (15 minutes from Castellar de la Frontera)
https://maps.app.goo.gl/czJ9eCw4rkT2Kjeh7

More flight options airport – Málaga (about 1h30m from Castellar)
https://maps.app.goo.gl/UuSCazj4SHtfJzHc9

Accommodation

Hotel La Almoraima – Closest to the Sports hall
Booking.com – La Almoraima Hotel

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

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

Winter Gradings 2023

Gradings

The next grading times have been set as follows:

Monday 4th Dec 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

5.00 – 6.30pm  Juniors 10th – 8th Kyu

6.45 – 8.45pm Adult Kyu grades 10th – 6th Kyu

Tuesday 5th Dec 2023 – Dorchester Dojo:

6.00 – 8.00pm Advanced Juniors and Adults 5th Kyu – 1st Kyu

Friday 8th Dec 2023 – Weymouth Dojo:

4.45 – 6.30pm Intermediate Juniors 8th Kyu – 5th Kyu

 

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.

 

 

Summer Gradings 2023

Gradings

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.

AGM

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.

Competition

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: https://www.wessexkarate.co.uk/safeguarding/

Wessex Karate Academy Welfare Officer: Carly Barrett-Greening Tel: 07850 732303 Email: welfareofficer@wessexkarate.co.uk

 

 

 

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