Dojo’s are opening

The club returned to the dojo at St Martin’s Church Hall on Monday 27 July.

The club returns to the dojo at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex on Thursday 6 August.

Cameron Sensei looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the dojo.

With the return to the real dojo beginners are welcome once more.

We have put together all the information you may require on a dedicated page Karate and Covid 19

 

Rest in peace Sensei

With very deep sadness and regret the IJKA would like to inform all its members that Kato Shihan 9th Dan IJKA World Chief Instructor sadly passed away this morning Thursday 16th April 2020.

An inspiration to so many karateka throughout his long life he will be sadly missed by the worldwide karate community.
It was his wish that everyone celebrate his life and not mourn his passing. Please raise a glass and remember all the training and good times we had together. OSS

The worldwide IJKA karate family sends deepest condolence to Hideko, Sakura, Ryota and Milena at this difficult time.

Rest in peace Sensei.

Memories of Kato Shihan

Kato Shihan visits Worcester

Worcester Shotokan Karate Club would like to thank Kato Shihan 9th Dan IJKA World Chief Instructor for a fabulous seminar held on Saturday 12th October at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex.

The club would like to thank all karateka that attended the seminar and enjoyed 4 hours of fabulous instruction with assistance from Milena Galabova 5th Dan and Paul Kotowski 6th Dan.

Congratulations to Frank Rhodes and Bob Duarte who were selected for Nidan gradings on the day and await the result from Kato Shihan.

The club looks forward to Kato Shihan’s next visit.

 

 

 

Shihan Kato 9th Dan in Worcester for IJKA Seminar

Worcester Shotokan Karate Club (WSKC) hosted a seminar with Hanshi Sadashige Kato 9th Dan,  IJKA World Chief Instructor. on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
The seminar was held in the Dance Studio at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex, WSKC’s honbu dojo.

Fabulous instruction by Shihan Kato 9th Dan and demonstrations by Milena Galabova 5th Dan.

The seminar was attended by karateka of all ranks from 7th Dan to beginners who came from England, Ireland and Scotland for the privilege of training under Shihan Kato.

Well deserved congratulations go to Maya Garbett, Iben Tromholt (West Midlands Shotokan Karate Academy) and Samantha Widdop (Blackpool and Wyre) who all passed their Shodan (1st Dan) grading under Sensei Kato 9th Dan IJKA World Chief Instructor.

Maya and Iben have been receiving invaluable extra tuition from Sensei Steve Cameron 4th Dan IJKA, Chief Instructor of Worcester Shotokan Karate Club, along with regular instruction from Sensei Kevin Belwood 3rd Dan IJKA, Chief Instructor of West Midlands Shotokan Karate Academy.

Samantha trains with Sensei Ron Belwood 7th Dan IJKA at his Blackpool and Wyre dojo.

Finally, huge congratulations to Alex Carroll from Aberdeen Shotokan Karate Club who passed his Rukodan (6th Dan) grading under Sensei Kato 9th Dan IJKA World Chief Instructor.

Domo Arigato to all the karateka that attended from Sensei Steve Cameron.

Worcester Shotokan Karate Club and IJKA England look forward to Shihan’s next visit.
Domo Arigato Sensei.


Milena (centre) with two of the new Shodans ~ Iben (Left) and and Maya (right)





About Our Club

Worcester Shotokan Karate Club (WSKC) located in Worcester (UK) is run on a ‘non profit’ basis. Affiliated to the International Japan Karate-Do Association (IJKA) we are dedicated to teaching the Japanese martial art of Shotokan karate.
All abilities, aged 12 and above, are welcome to join whether you are a beginner or a karateka returning after a break.
All classes are conducted in a safe and friendly environment by Sensei Steve Cameron, 4th Dan, IJKA, who holds DBS enhanced disclosure.

Classes are held every Monday and Thursday at the following venues and times:

Monday Thursday
Saint Martin’s Church Hall
Victoria Avenue (one way only)
Worcester
WR5 1EE
Nunnery Wood Sports Complex
Spetchley Road
Worcester
WR5 2NL

To download maps and directions for the above venues, please click here.

Class Times

Class times are the same for both venues:

6:30pm ~ 7:30pm » Beginners and intermediates (to 6th Kyu ~ green belt)
7:30pm ~ 8:30pm » Seniors (5th Kyu ~ purple belt and above)

Any changes to our regular class schedules will always be communicated in advance in  ‘Recent Posts’ .
Note: Senior karateka may attend both sessions (at no extra cost) to benefit from extra training.
However, instruction in the first class will always be focused towards our beginners and intermediates.

More class Information

Please visit the Classes page.

More club information

Our FAQ page provides detailed club information.
However, if there is further information you require, why not visit our dojo. You will find an open and friendly welcome awaits.
You can also use our Contact Us page or email us by clicking here.

Super Saturday…we’re back soon…

The government announced on Thursday 9 July that Sports Centres, Gyms and Dance Studios etc can re-open on Saturday 25 July 2020.

The club awaits confirmation as to when we can return to our dojos so we can continue the karate journey in the real world.

There will obviously be changes to how we are allowed to operate in these extraordinary times but the club will adapt in whatever way it needs to, guided by Cameron Sensei.

Check back regularly for updates that will be posted as we get more information.

Ossu,

Karate is a lifelong pursuit ~ Even Now

Karate is a life long pursuit was the 9th of 20 precepts written by Gichin Funakoshi the founder of our martial art ~ Shotokan.

Covid-19 and the UK lockdown on March 26th brought a new challenge to find a way of keeping that pursuit ongoing, when dojos had to close.

Cameron Sensei turned to on-line technology to create a virtual dojo that is open twice a week to current club members.

Please note ~  we are sadly unable to accept new students to the club at this difficult time but there will be a warm welcome awaiting you once we return to the real dojo.

The virtual dojo has proven to be a very successful way of keeping students engaged during these difficult times and when the time comes the club will enjoy a seamless transition back to our real dojos.

Kato Shihan was the master innovator and would be very pleased that we have found a way to keep the club and karate spirit alive in these challenging times.

On our return, the real dojo will be operated in strict accordance with latest government guidelines to ensure our student’s can continue their personal karate journey’s in a safe and healthy environment.

We believe the return to the real dojo is close now and eagerly await a government announcement and associated green light.

Stay safe and stay well.

Stay alert………..practice karate.

Ossu,

Keeping Calm and Carrying On

Gichin Funakoshi the founder of Shotokan, penned 20 precepts as guiding principles for future karate generations to follow and #9 Karate is a life long pursuit drives us on to find ways to continue the journey in difficult circumstances.

Just like the Okinawans who trained in secret in the early formation days of karate, Worcester Shotokan Karate Club refuses to be beaten by the current and very important lockdown engulfing the UK and the rest of the world.

The club opened a virtual dojo on March 26th that matures with each passing session as Cameron Sensei develops training routines that suit small spaces and can be easily conveyed by on-line video.

When lockdown lifts the club will enjoy a seamless transition back to our real dojos.

Ossu,