Interclub Competition – 22 May 2022 (Updated)

WKA will be hosting an interclub tournament on Sunday 22nd May. Students from all the affiliated clubs will be taking part, including Weymouth, Dorchester, Milbourne St. Andrew, Crewkerne, and Cornwall. We encourage parents and family members to stay and support the students.

Sunday 22 May – Competition

Estimated Times

9:00am – 10:00am Venue setup – please help if you can
10:00am – 12:30pm Individual Kata + Team Kata
1:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Kumite
3:30pm – 4:00pm Medals and grading certificates

There will be some food and drink available to buy on the day but we recommend all juniors bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

All competitors should bring the following:

  • Gi & belt
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch / snacks

Kumite competitors must also bring:

  • Mitts
  • Gumshield
  • Shin+insteps (if you have your own)

If you haven’t already applied to take part and would like an entry form you can download it here:

Entry Form

Please complete it and hand in to Sensei Pete ASAP.

Help Wanted

During the day we’ll need lots of adult help to keep the competition running smoothly, if you’re available to help please contact Sensei Pete. Specifically we need:

  • First Aid Support
  • Refreshments stall
  • Photographer

Newsletter – 14 Mar 2022


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 27th April 2022 at 8.30pm.

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

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.

Forthcoming Events

3rd April 2022 – Seniors training – Twyford / Reading

10th April 2022 – Brown / black belt training – Weymouth

24th April 2022 – GKI AGM and Seniors training – Reading

1st May 2022 – All grades Kumite training – Weymouth

8th May 2022 – Brown / black belt training – Weymouth

15th May 2022 – Tournament & referee training – Weymouth

22nd May 2022 – Wessex interclub tournament – Weymouth

26 – 29th May 2022 – UK Gasshuku Wokingham

Summer Mini Gasshuku Belguim – to be confirmed

2 – 4th September 2022 = Summer Gasshuku Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Karate Information Books

Dave Vest has kindly updated the Companion of Traditional Karate. These can be purchased from Dave at £10.00 each.

Wessex Interclub Tournament

After a gap of a few years we are pleased to announce the next Tournament on 22nd May 2022. This will be a Wessex Interclub event open to all students from our Wessex clubs including Crewkerne and Falmouth.

Events will include kumite, kata and team kata.

More details and application forms to follow.


We would like to welcome the Falmouth club to Wessex Karate Academy. We now have clubs in Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.


Social: Walk at Golden Cap – Sat 5th Mar

Our first social event of 2022 will be a walk at Golden Cap on Saturday 5th March. The walk will be approximately 10km with a stop at Seatown for a pint and chips (chips optional). Open to all – children, adults and family.

Time: 10:30am

Meet at Eype House public car park:

Please let Natasha know if you’re going so we don’t leave without you!

Christmas class times

All Karate classes will continue as normal up to Monday 20th December and return on Monday 3rd January 2022.

Every year we do a class over Christmas week, this year there will be two, on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th, class times maybe different so please check each day below.

Monday 13th -Friday 17th: All classes on as normal

Monday 20th – All classes on as normal

Tuesday 21st: No junior class. Adults 8-9.30pm

Thursday 23rd: Closed

Friday 24th: Closed

Monday 27th: Mixed class open to all 6-7.30pm

Tuesday 28th: Adults 8.00-9.30pm

Thursday 29th: Closed

Friday 30th: Closed

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th January: All classes return as normal

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Winter Gradings – Nov 8th, 9th 2021

This year’s winter grading will be split as follows:

Monday 8 Nov 2021 – Weymouth Dojo

5.00 – 6.45pm Children – White and yellow belts
7.00 – 9.00pm Adults- White to Purple belts

Tuesday 9 Nov 2021 – Dorchester Dojo

4.45 – 6.45pm Children – Orange to Purple belts
7.00 – 9.30pm Adults- Purple/white and higher

Please ensure your licenses are up to date.

The grading fees are:

Adult  £20.00      Junior (under 18)    £15.00

All students are expected to attend their grading group whether they are grading or not. Please remember to bring mouth guards, hand mitts and shin pads.

Please note it is not automatic that you will be entered for the grading. You must achieve a minimum number of hours training to be entered.

Winter Gasshuku – Weymouth (19 Nov – 21 Nov)

The booking system for the winter Gasshuku is now open on the GKI site, spaces are limited so please book early:

International Gasshuku, Wessex , England . Friday 19th November – Sunday 21st Nov 2021

From the GKI:

“Sensei Pete Thompson (6th Dan) will be hosting the International Gasshuku at his dojo in Weymouth this November

The senior instructors at the Gasshuku will be:

Sensei Len Sim – 8th Dan

Sensei Kevin Nason – 7th Dan

All the training will take place at Wessex Traditional Martial Arts in Weymouth.”

The Sayonara Party will be held at the Riviera Hotel in Weymouth on Sat 20th Nov, from 7:30PM till Midnight. If you wish to book a room special hotel rates have been negotiated for the event, details are available on the GKI booking page.

Training timetable (from 19th July)

We are pleased to confirm that we will be returning to St Mary’s Church Hall from Tuesday 20th July 2021.

The new class times are shown below:

Monday5.00 - 6.00pmWeymouth
6.00 - 7.15pmWeymouth
Juniors 8Kyu+ (Orange belts or higher)
7.15 - 8.45pmWeymouth
Tuesday4.45 - 5.45pmDorchester
(St Mary's)
All Juniors
5.45 - 6:15pm...continuing for 7Kyu+
8.00 - 9.30pmDorchester
(St Mary's)
Thursday5.15 - 6.45pmMilborne St. AndrewAll Students
Friday10.00 – 11.30amWeymouth
4.45 – 5.45pmWeymouth
SundaySuspended for Summer


Beach training – Sat 3rd July 2021

All students are invited to a beach training session on Saturday 3rd July. For those that don’t need to rush off, there will be a social afterwards.

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

Time – 10am – 12pm (meet on 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 – Free to students on monthly memberships. £5 for those playing per class

Note: Please make sure you have sun cream applied before training.

For children attending without an adult please make sure you have submitted a permission slip to Sensei Pete.

Training timetable (From May 17)

Training Sessions

Monday5.00 - 5.45pmIndoor *
6.00 - 7.00pmIndoor *
Juniors 8Kyu+ (Orange belts or higher)
7.15 - 8.45pmIndoor *
Tuesday4.45 - 5.30pmIndoor *
(Yoga Centre)
8.00 - 9.30pmIndoor *
(Yoga Centre)
Thursday6.00 – 7.00pmZoomBrown and black belts
Friday10.00 – 11.30amIndoor *
4.45 – 5.45pmIndoor *
Sunday5.00 – 6.00pmZoomAll students
6.00 – 7.00pmZoomKobudo

* Booking required for all indoor/outdoor sessions:

Class Booking

For a link to the Zoom meeting please Contact Us or visit the Facebook site: Facebook: Wessex Karate Academy

Times are subject to change so please check back regularly.

Zoom for Non-WKA Members

Non-WKA members can join in on the Zoom sessions on a pay-per-class basis, please use the Buy Now link below to purchase.

Note: The PayPal payment option is for Zoom classes only, if you need to pay for other classes please Contact Us.