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Newsletter – Sep 2019

Children’s Gasshuku

On Saturday 5th October there will be a Children’s only Gasshuku in Birmingham (same venue as competition), from 12 – 4pm. This is for children between 4 and 14 years of age. The cost will be £10.

This training session will be run by Shihan James Rousseau, our chief instructor. There will also be a guest instructor, Sensei Antonio Moreira, 7th Dan, from Portugal.

Please see Sensei Peter if you are interested.

National Championships

This year’s National Championships is being held in Birmingham on Sunday 6th October.

Entry form can be downloaded here:

Competition Practice

There will be competition practice on Sunday 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 Belgium. Congratulations to the following students who have been promoted as follows:

Scott Robyns:               5th Dan      

Claire Carlin:                1st Dan

Aaron James Mallon:  1st Dan

Toby Webber:               1st Dan

Belgium Gasshuku 2019

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.

Summer Gradings 2019

Weymouth Junior White & Yellow belt group.

As the weather warms up students have been feeling the heat as grading week has arrived. Over the course of the grading’s Wessex students have proven just how talented they are.

With this being the very first grading for most of the youngest juniors, many between the ages of 6 and 9, everyone involved were overwhelmed by their brilliance. The adults showed just as much heart demonstrating their techniques and true karate spirit.

Head instructor Peter Thompson had to point out just how proud of the club he is afterwards. Watching the level of his students as they trained throughout the grading’s, he couldn’t hide the impressed grin upon his face.

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.

Summer Gradings – July 2019

The next grading times are as follows :

Monday, 1st July in Weymouth

5.00 – 6.45pm Junior White & Yellow Belts (Weymouth based)

7.00 – 9.30pm Adult Kyu Grades

Tuesday, 2nd July in Dorchester

5.00 – 6.45pm Junior White & Yellow Belts (Dorchester based)

7.00 – 9.30pm Brown & Black Belts

Friday, 5th July in Weymouth

5.30 – 7.30pm  Junior Orange-Purple Belts

All students are expected to attend their grading group whether they are grading or not.

Please remember to bring mouth guards / mitts

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

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.