Wednesday Night Training Returns!

Wednesday Night Training Returns! Since train for all groups resumed in May we have been quietly behind the scenes trying to secure our venue for Wednesday classes. Unfortunately we have been unable to secure our original Wednesday venue after months of trying to get a date we could return and rather than delay indefinitely until they are planning to reopen for classes we are pleased to announce that Wednesday night training will be returning starting Wednesday 8th September 2021 at our Bournville College dojo, just a short walk or drive down the road from the previous location. There is however one major change to the format of this class, this will be an adults only class.… Read the rest

Summer Break: August 2021

Summer Break: August 2021
David Hawgood / Deckchairs and sunbathers on a sunny Sunday, Brighton beach / CC BY-SA 2.0

As the main summer holiday period approaches and lots of students are planning to, or have already started their holidays we will also take a short break and the club will be closed for two weeks with the final lesson before the break being on Saturday 14th August 2021 in the Bournville College Sports Hall, Longbridge and we will reopen for training on Thursday 2nd September 2021 at Weoley Castle Community Church.

We hope you all enjoy your break and come back refreshed and raring to go in September for the run up to the gradings.… Read the rest

We Passed! Kyu & Dan Gradings June 2021

Black belts with their instructors after their grading

It has been an eventful couple of weeks for all the students at BWCSK. As more coronavirus health restrictions were eased since the initial return to dojo training we were able to conduct our first full kyu and dan gradings. The gradings took place on three separate dates in order to try and give everyone who was ready and wished to the chance to take their gradings.  First up were a small group of juniors who took various kyu gradings from beginners to brown belts on the Thursday evening. There was a palpable sense of nervousness as the first group to grade lined up in the main hall of the Weoley Castle dojo waiting for their grading to begin. … Read the rest

Watch our new promotional video!

Young boy smiling and punching

We thought you might enjoy our latest promotional video for the club as we return to dojo training in 2021. This video was shot during the class on Saturday 22nd May 2021 at our relatively new Bournville College Dojo (as unfortunately it was closed by the Coronavirus restrictions soon after initially opening). If you are an existing student and haven’t visited there yet please come and check it out, it’s a great venue to train in.

New members are welcome, please contact Sensei Susan Hession if you are interested in joining as always the first two classes are a free trial before joining.… Read the rest

Welcome Back II – The return of the adults

Adults dressed in karate suits in a guard pose

Welcome back! It’s been a busy week here at Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate since this is the first week this year both adults and children have been able to train in the dojo. We have had new starters and returning students young and old , some who have not been able to train since before the pandemic. It will come as no surprise that we were overjoyed to see everyone face to face again. Whilst we have been able to keep in touch and train online in Zoom together these past months there is always that extra buzz being back in a dojo not to mention the relief that you no longer have to worry about kicking over your TV!… Read the rest

BWCSK Dojo Re-opening for Adults – May 2021

BWCSK Dojo Re-opening for Adults – May 2021

We are pleased to announce that in line with the easing of coronavirus restrictions taking place on the 17th May 2021 we will be re-opening our dojos for adult training. Coronavirus (Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2) safety restrictions are still in force so training will continue to be socially distanced and non-contact with temperature checks and other safety measures continuing as was the case before Christmas and has been taking place over the last month with children’s classes.

We are still waiting to hear from our Longbridge Methodist Church venue as to when we will be able to resume Wednesday night training there and will provide an update when one becomes available.… Read the rest

Welcome Back I – The kids are back

Junior line up

Well its great to be able to train in the dojo now that the first stage of the coronavirus easing of restrictions is here, so we would like to say Welcome back to all our juniors. We have had a great week with the childrens classes resuming at Weoley Castle and Bournville College. It’s been great to see you all again in person and be able to welcome new starters to the club. In a few weeks time we hope to be able to welcome back our adult students as well.

Here are a few photos from our first return to dojo training in 2021.… Read the rest

BWCSK Dojo Re-opening For Juniors – April 2021

BWCSK Dojo Re-opening For Juniors – April 2021

Hello folks,

We are pleased to announce that in line with the current government roadmap for easing covid-19 restrictions we will re-opening our dojos for junior (under 18) members to train this month.  Coronavirus (Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2)  safety restrictions are still in force so training will continue to be socially distanced and non-contact with temperature checks and other safety measures continuing as was the case before Christmas.

Classes will resume from Saturday 17th April 2021 at the following times and locations:

  • Saturdays 13:00pm – 14:00pm – All Grades: Bournville College, Longbridge, B31 2AJ.
  • Mondays 17:30pm – 18:30pm – Beginners / Intermediate Grades: Weoley Castle Community Church, Weoley Castle, B29 5LE .
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BWCSK Tier 4 Reopening: January 2021

BWCSK Tier 4 Reopening: January 2021

Hello folks,
Firstly, we hope you all had a Merry Christmas and we would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Unfortunately during our Christmas break with an surge in SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) infections and hospitalisations Birmingham has been moved into Tier 4 restrictions. What this means in practice is that we currently can not run any sessions within our various dojos which have to remain closed for all students (including under18s) whilst we remain in this tier.

Therefore we plan to reopen with online Zoom sessions as we previously ran during the first national lock down and have been running for adults since Birmingham initially went into Tier 3 last November.… Read the rest

BWCSK Reopening – December 2020

BWCSK Reopening – December 2020

Following on from the government’s announcements on Thursday and guidance issued by NAKMAS, our governing body,  we can now announce are plans to reopen once the second national lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic finishes on the 2nd December 2020. Unfortunately Birmingham will be moving into Tier 3 which will affect the classes we can run in the dojo.

Changes in the restrictions that apply to each tier mean that classes in our dojos can only take place for juniors, under 18s or single households. Therefore from the 5th December 2020 we will be restarting scheduled junior classes on Mondays at Weoley Castle Community Church and Saturdays at Bournville College.… Read the rest