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
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
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.
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.