Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2023!

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2023!
Photo by marius.zierold on flickr

Well it has been a great year at BWCSK and on behalf of Sensei Sue, myself and the rest of the BWCSK instructors and admin team we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Enjoy the break, keep practising and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year with training resuming at Weoley Castle on Monday 9th January 2023 and the first class at Longbridge being on Saturday 14th January 2023.

Richard Sensei

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Kyu & Dan Gradings November 2022

BWCSK / Kenskin SKC Group Photo

As we reach the end of another year it has again come time for the final set of Kyu & Dan Gradings at Bornville College. This year the previous September and December gradings were combined into a single grading in November 2022 to allow more time after the summer holidays for students to prepare and cater for grading examiners availability. The gradings in November 2022 were again run over two consecutive Saturdays with the first week for red belts and below and the second for yellow belt and above. For these gradings we were joined by our sister club Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club based in Stechford (formerly headed by the late Sensei Franklyn Doras 6th Dan who was another former student our late sensei, Shihan Cummins).… Read the rest

Summer Break 2022

Hello folks,

Although many of you will likely have seen this via the newsletter, heard it on class or read it on our Grading & Holiday Dates page, the club is closing for it’s summer break between Monday 8th August 2022 and Saturday 20th August 2022 with training resuming on Monday 22nd August 2022 at the Weoley Castle Dojo.

We hope you will all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you again when we reopen.

The BWCSK Team

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Kyu and Dan Gradings: June 2022

June 2022 Gradings

After the bumper turnout for the March gradings the June 2022 gradings were split over two weekends at our Bournville College dojo. This allowed the gradings to proceed at a far less hectic pace than the previous gradings which was far less stressful for those grading and the examiners. The first gradings were held on Saturday 11th June for beginners to red belts. The gradings went well with our students having diligently studied for the gradings over the previous months showing a good standard throughout.

The second weekend of gradings were on Saturday 18th June 2022 and covered the remaining Kyu grades and Dan gradings.… Read the rest

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Closing Dates

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne coming next week we know that many students are taking advantage of the extra bank holidays to get away. So with this in mind we have decided that we will close for the week starting Monday 30th May 2022 and re-open on Monday 6th June 2022.

We hope you all enjoy the break and we will see you when you return.

Sensei Sue and Richard.

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Sensei Susan Hession promoted to 5th Dan!

Sensei Hession in kamae

We are extremely pleased to announce that Sensei Susan Hession, Chief Instructor of Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate club has been promoted by the NAKMAS National Management Committee on the 8th May 2022 to the rank of Godan (5th Dan) following a formal audit by a certified BSI Lead Auditor and the completion of training course requirements.

Sensei Hession works tirelessly both in and outside the dojo to ensure the club runs smoothly and all students get the training and equipment they need. Most students will be unaware of just how much time she dedicates to the club or those extra little touches she adds such as framing all dan grade certificates that help make BWCSK what it is.… Read the rest

Easter Closing Times

Easter Closing Times

Hi folks,

The club will be closing over the Easter holiday to allow both students and instructors to have a well deserved rest. The last class before Easter will be on Saturday 9th April 2022 at the Longbridge Dojo. The club will then be closed from Monday 11th April 2022 to Saturday 23rd April 2022. The club will reopen for the first class after the break on Monday 25th April 2022 at the Weoley Castle Dojo.

We hope you all have a happy Easter.

The BWCSK Team

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Kyu & Dan Gradings: March 2022

Kyu & Dan Gradings: March 2022

We held our first post covid restrictions Kyu and Dan gradings this month which is the start of a more normal grading cycle going forward. The grading day itself was on Saturday 19th March 2022 at the Longbridge dojo . In a return to the more normal schedule we were able to have a training session running along with the gradings. However, even we were slightly surprised when we saw everyone lined up from one end of the hall to the other.

The proceedings started with the presentation of Dan grade certificates for those who passed in the December grading.… Read the rest

Learn Japanese! Lessons available from one of our students.

Lauren Marie

I teach Japanese from beginner right up to advanced levels. I offer an equal based learning environment with online materials, tips and tricks on how to translate sentences.

Skills you expect to learn are: interpretation, listening with varying speeds to train the ear, kanji, reading and speaking. Explanation of grammar points are provided with accompanying vocabulary lists to ensure the student can translate example sentences provided to them. I also prescribe to the Instantaneous Composition Method meaning your fluency and translation from English to Japanese improves exponentially, thus the ability to have flowing conversations will come more naturally, using this technique that is not taught in schools.… Read the rest

Merry Christmas from everyone at BWCSK

The Instructors and all members of the BWCSK team would like to wish all our students, friends and their friends and family

A Very Merry Christmas!

Santa kick

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