The Chichester dojo will be hosting a Brown and Black Belt training session on Sunday 8th September 2pm – 4:30 pm.
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.
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.
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
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: 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.
Skittles night at the Colliton club in Dorchester on Sat 18 May, starting at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend please let Mark know or just turn up on the night.
Apologies for the late notice of this event.
On Sunday, 19th May there will be a Judo course with Olympian, Ashley Mackenzie. The course will be held at WTMA Gym. The cost is £20 Please see Sensei Peter for more information.
There will be a traditional Ju-jitsu course on Saturday, 18th May at WTMA Gym (Weymouth Dojo) from 12-1.30pm. This is open to any students over 16. Please book through Sensei Peter. The cost will be £10.00.