Well September is almost over and it has been a busy month. We introduced a booking system for classes due to the limited spaces available and although there have been a few disappointments we have been mostly able to let everyone train when they wanted to. Everyone is now getting used to socially distanced training and we thank all students and their relatives in helping us maintain social distancing and adhering to covid restrictions. As the Covid-19 situation has evolved around us and rules changed we have adapted and have and will continue to take all the measures necessary to protect our students and our instructors.… Read the rest
This is a notice for all existing students and any new students once they have spoken to Sensei Hession. Due to Covid-19 restriction and health measures we can only offer a limited number of spaces on each class. This was done manually last month as we reopened and set systems in place but I am pleased to announce that we have now been able to provide a system to book your place online from this web site. Please ensure that you book your place before 10pm at least three days before the class you wish to attend e.g. if you wish to train on Monday you must have reserved your place by 10pm the Friday before and if you wish to train on Thursday you must have done so by 10pm on the Monday before at the latest.… Read the rest
Well a new new routine has settled in since we have returned to the dojo so it seemed a good time to do a round up of the journey so far.The Longbridge dojo is yet to reopen but we are currently running classes on Mondays, Tuesdays (an extra night whilst Longbridge is still closed) and Thursdays at the Weoley Castle dojo. Since the return we have had a few junior students who trained throughout the lockdown on zoom take socially distanced kyu gradings under an adapted syllabus. We would like to congratulate all of you on your new grades, you’ve trained hard over the last few months despite the challenging circumstances and progressed.… Read the rest
We are pleased to announce that training resumed at our Weoley Castle dojo from the 27th July 2020. It seems like a long time since we had to close our doors due to the rising Covid-19 infections and eventual national lock down. Since then we have continued training online offering eight free classes a week (split between Juniors and Seniors) to our members via the Zoom application. Those classes finished last Saturday with the reopening of the dojo but we would like to thank all the instructors who gave up their time and resources and all those who helped make those classes happen over the last three months.… Read the rest
Calling all current BWCSK students. Karate still goes on even whilst we are locked down in our homes, we are still training together whilst apart. If you would like access to free exclusive content and online training sessions please contact us, either directly by phone, email, messaging app or social media.
Unfortunately we can only provide these options for existing students and we are sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.
We would like everyone to stay safe and take care and we look forward to hearing from you.… Read the rest
As we now all find ourselves at home, it seems an appropriate time to provide our students with tips that will help them to train within their own home. This is not a training regime or tutorial but general advice on home training and adapting their karate to the training environment.
I hope you find it useful,
Osu Sensei Richard… Read the rest
It is with deep regret and great sorrow that due to the latest government advice advising all schools and sports clubs to close that we feel the time has come to announce the suspension of all BWCSK classes until further notice. This decison has not been made lightly and we have been continuously speaking to our members and parents of younger members to determine what they wanted us to do up until this point. As a club we have never before had to shut our doors but these are unprecedented times. We believe that we need to take this inevitable decision in the best interests of our students, their families and our instructor’s health.… Read the rest
BWCSK are constantly reviewing the situation and latest government guidelines and will keep you informed of the how the club will proceed going forward. We recommend that you check our facebook page (https://en-gb.facebook.com/BirminghamShotokan/) for the most up-to-date information as this will be updated as a priority as the situation evolves, our facebook news feed is also visible on the bottom of all posts on this site.
Karate training is currently on as normal with hygiene protocols in place. There will be no sparring or bag work during this time. Internal doors will be kept open so that contact with surfaces can be minimised and cleaning is in place. … Read the rest
We would like to offer special congratulations to Arran Mehtam who passed his Shodan grading on Saturday. Arran has shown great spirit and trained very hard to achieve this goal. The fact that he has listened to feedback he has been given and worked to improve on areas that needed it was very evident in his performance on the grading. He graded in front of a panel consisting of Sensei Susan Hession 4th dan, Sensei Richard Amuzu 4th dan and Sensei Michael Paul 1st dan who stepped in to help with the kumite. Well done Arran!… Read the rest
Well done to everyone who took their gradings on Wednesday or Saturday. You all did very well and Sensei Sue, Sensei Richard and all the instructors were very pleased with the effort, standard and commitment shown.… Read the rest