We are pleased to announce our first main group grading of the year. To be held on Sunday 22nd November 2020 at the Weymouth dojo. The gradings will be as follows:
Adults – all kyu grades: 10.00 – 12.30pm
Children – white & yellow belts: 1.30 – 3.00pm
Children – orange belts & higher: 3.15 – 5.00pm
Due to limitation on numbers, if you are not grading please ask your instructor if you should attend the session.
Please ensure your licenses are up to date.
The grading fees are:
Adult £20.00 Junior (under 18) £15.00
On Friday 6th November we are holding a mini Gasshuku at the Weymouth dojo in preparation for the black belt gradings being held on the following day. The spaces will be available first for black belts and then brown then to other kyu grades until all the spaces have been booked. Booking is now available online through the normal Wessex booking page. Training is from 4.45 til 7.00pm and the cost will be £15.00.
Wessex Karate Academy holds safeguarding, mental health and well-being as a priority within our club. Some of our members have shared how karate has been a lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic. We ask that members approach either Sensei Pete or our welfare officer, Carly 07850 732303 if you have been affected by the pandemic or have longer term needs that can be born in mind when considering individual needs within the club.
Secondly, our club wish to make an ‘only way is Wessex Karate’ short film. Watch this space! Filming short stories of how karate has helped you personally with mental health or diagnosed needs within the pandemic. This film can help advertise and apply for much needed funding. Please approach Pete, Aaron or Carly if you wish to take part or have a story to share.
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!"
Sensei Pete will be hosting a Zoom virtual training session on Fri 26 Mar 2020. If it’s successful the plan is to host several a week over the next coming weeks and months. Tomorrow’s sessions will be:
3pm – Adults
4pm – Kids
Please see the Facebook site for more information about joining the Zoom session:
With the government asking all gyms to close and the rules on social distancing our normal training regime has been turned upside down. However, karate training never stops and so Sensei Pete and the other instructors are working on virtual training resources for all WKA members.