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

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

Gradings – October & November 2020

Gradings – October & November 2020

Shortly before the announcement of the November 2020 national lock down we had started preparing for and taking some grading examinations. Due to the covid-19 health restrictions these couldn’t be conducted in the same manner as our previous gradings. We were also able to present Arran Mehtam’s Shodan certificate from his dan grading before the initial March 2020 lock down which due to circumstances had not been possible until now.

We would like to congratulate all those who passed their gradings. This has been an especially difficult year with training disrupted, moving online for several months and then restrictions upon our return to the dojo however all those who graded overcame these obstacles to reach a level where they were ready to take a grading.… Read the rest

BWCSK Dojo closures due to Lockdown from the 5th November 2020

BWCSK Dojo closures due to Lockdown from the 5th November 2020

Hello folks,
On Saturday the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown starting on Thursday 5th November 2020 and planned to run until the 2nd December 2020. Unfortunately this means we are yet again going to have to close our dojo doors for the duration of the lockdown. The health of our students and instructors is of paramount importance and these circumstances are out of our control.

This now means that the last session in November for Adults will be on Monday 2nd November and for Children on Tuesday 3rd November. All pre-booked classes that were scheduled to run during the lockdown period are regrettably now cancelled.… Read the rest

New training location in Longbridge at Bournville College

New training location in Longbridge at Bournville College

BWCSK are pleased to announce the opening of a new location for training on Saturdays. Unfortunately since the national Covid-19 lockdown in March we have been unable to run our usual Saturday classes due to circumstances beyond our control and that venue has been unable to reopen as soon as we had hoped it would. Fortunately we have now been able to find a new location in the same area for our students which we hope will be equally as convenient to those who used to train at the previous venue. We would like to introduce the Bournville College dojo, this is located at Bournville College, 1 Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, B31 2AJ with training taking place at 1pm on Saturdays’ in the Sports Hall.… Read the rest

Socially Distanced: The Training Continues

Socially Distanced: The Training Continues

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

Reserve your place on a class online

Reserve your place on a class online

Hello folks

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

The Return Of The Karate-Ka

The Return Of The Karate-Ka

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