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 on beach)

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

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.

Newsletter – Feb 2019


Wessex Karate Academy is run by a committee which is elected at the Annual General Meeting.  This year’s AGM is on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 7.30pm at the WTMA Gym (Weymouth Dojo).  

We are always looking for new committee members and this year in particular a new treasurer.

Please speak to Paul Foot (Chairman) 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.


Wessex will be hosting a Black Belt only training session on Saturday 31 March 2019 at the WTMA Gym from 10am – 1pm. The fee will be £15.00 which is reduced to £10.00 for Wessex students who have booked in advance.

On Saturday 27 April 2019 there will be a traditional Ju-Jitsu course. Please see Sensei Peter for more details.

Kobudo Grading

Congratulations to Chris Mallinson and Gary Roberts on passing their 1st Kyu kobudo grading.

Summer Gasshuku

This year’s Summer Gasshuku is being held in Bouwel, Belgium from 24 – 27th July 2019. Please see the link on the GKI website for more information.

Keeping Up To Date

Please don’t forget to check the Wessex Karate Academy’s Facebook and Website for news, updates and announcements.

Home is where the Dojo is.

Local martial artists are celebrating their 4th year at the Wessex Traditional Martial Arts Academy (WTMA), located at 83 Lynch Lane, Weymouth.

The head of Wessex Karate Academy, Mr Peter Thompson (6Th Dan Goju-Ryu Karate) expresses his immense gratitude for all who helped him turn the former warehouse home of New Look into a modern and well equipped Dojo (training hall). It took a lot of hard work and dedication but the club grows every day and couldn’t be happier.

The Dojo is now the proud home of many clubs boasting a wide array of styles such as Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu and Kobudo, alongside multiple fitness classes and even a Baby ballet class.

The Dojo is also used for courses held by many important martial artists from around the globe, with ties to other clubs worldwide. The WTMA is fast becoming a major hub for martial arts in the south of England.

Recently Ian Rossiter, a 4th Dan in Jujitsu, held a two-part seminar looking at a variety of traditional Jujitsu and Brazilian Jujitsu techniques.

He had this to say afterwards; “I have had the utmost pleasure training and teaching alongside the Instructors at Wessex Traditional Martial Arts and I find it refreshing to find that the traditional values of martial arts are at the core of what is taught here.”

He went on to praise the “fantastic facilities” and its “knowledgeable instructors”.

The WTMA hopes to have more events like this as it moves into the New Year.

New students are always encouraged to come in and find out what’s available, as there are classes on every day.

Mark Bradley returns to training after stroke

Wessex Karate Academy is delighted (and proud) that Mark Bradley has returned to training after suffering a brain haemorrhage a few months back.

On the 4th of August 2018, after a pleasant day with his wife Sue, Mark, a retired member of the Royal Navy, suffered a brain haemorrhage which caused him to suffer a stroke.

Recognising the signs of a stroke from the act F.A.S.T. adverts, Sue called 999 and the paramedics responded rapidly arriving quickly and getting Mark to Dorchester hospital. A CT scan revealed bleeding on the brain. He was transferred to Southampton hospital for more tests on the 8th.

Thanks to the swift aid, Mark was in good spirits with his usual sense of humour joking to the nurses about it being Christmas every day in heaven.

Mark was released from the hospital on the 15th and started feeling extremely low. After leaving the hospital he was awash with thoughts like “Have I got this disability for the rest of my life?”

He tried his best to get back to some exercise and private training as soon as possible, both at his karate dojo and local swimming pool.

His Occupational Therapist said she was very happy for him to keep up his Karate training as it would help speed up his recovery. After starting up Goju-ryu Karate at the Wessex Martial Arts Academy in 2010 after a 19 year break from a different style, Mark achieved his first dan black belt in the summer of 2017 and has been the entertainments manager of the clubs committee for the past three years.

At first he was worried to return to classes normally as “knowing things I could do before but can’t do now made me feel dreadfully anxious. But after being back in class a few times that’s all gone.”

The whole club is thrilled to have him back with us and are deeply thankful for his rapid recovery; one of the black belts, Natasha Hope said, “It’s good to see him back in here with a smile on his face!”

Other members of the club have noted that now that he is recovering Mark is finding a new understanding of the technique and his karate is improving at an amazing rate.

On the 15th of October, just over ten weeks after his stroke, Mark came back to training trying to get at least three sessions a week in. He accredits his miraculous recovery to being physically strong, having a sense of humour and the support from his friends and wife Sue.

Grading Times & Newsletter – Nov 2018

Winter Gradings

Forthcoming grading dates are as follows:

Sunday, 9th December in Weymouth

1.00 – 2.30pm Junior White Belts

3.00 – 5.00pm Junior Coloured Belts

Monday, 10th December in Weymouth

 6.30 – 9.00pm  Adult Coloured Belts

Tuesday, 11th December in Dorchester

 6.30 – 9.30pm Senior Brown & Black Belts

Please note there will be no normal classes from Sunday 9th through to Tuesday, 11th December.

You must be regularly training to be entered for a grading. Not all students will be automatically entered for a grading.

Please remember to bring mouth guards, hand mitts and shin pads.

Please ensure that licences are up to date.

Christmas Meal

This year’s Christmas meal will be on Saturday 8th December 2018 at ‘The New Vic’, Weymouth from 7.30pm.

The cost will be £20 per person

Please give your menu choices and £10.00 deposit to Mark Bradley by 23rd November


Please see Sensei Peter for any orders for clothing etc for those Xmas presents