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-Association – United Kingdom (IJKA UK) we are dedicated to teaching the Japanese martial art of Shotokan karate.
IJKA – UK is affiliated to IJKA International.
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.
All our instructors hold DBS enhanced disclosure.
Low Class fees make Shotokan Karate affordable and accessible to many.

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

Tuesday Thursday
Platinum Hall
Church Road
Crowle
W7 4AZ
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 ~ blue 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.

A New Chapter

 

A new chapter in WSKC’s mountain path begins tonight 19th July, when all classes will take place at the Platinum Hall, Crowle.

The club will now hold classes on Tuesday at the Platinum Hall, Crowle and Thursdays at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex, Worcester.

The club no longer holds classes on Mondays at the Church Hall, Victoria Avenue.

The Church Hall, Monday dojo, was home to WSKC for many years going back beyond 1989, when Steve Sensei first moved to Worcestershire and found the karate club being run by his now friends, Mike Woods and Austin Birkes.
Mondays and Karate at the Church Hall became synonymous and old friends.

Steve Sensei would like to take this opportunity to offer a big thank you for all the assistance from everyone on the Church Hall management, past and present, that the club has had the pleasure to communicate with over the years. 
The club wishes you all the very best for the future.
Osu, Steve Sensei

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 on the morning of 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)





Road Closure Notice

From Monday 25th July for 12 days, Church Road, Crowle will be closed for highways work near the Platinum Hall.

Access to the Platinum Hall will still be possible via Church Road but only from exiting the A422 at Broughton Hackett.

The club will be open and classes will not be affected during this period.

We look forward to seeing you all for full on Shotokan Karate.

Osu,

Exciting news…

The Platinum Hall in the village of Crowle is nearing completion.
The club has secured bookings to teach Shotokan karate on Tuesday evenings.

Beginner’s classes start on Tuesday 12th July 2022 from 18:30 – 19:30.

First lesson is Free….No Booking required….Just wear loose fitting clothing in the first instance.
Age 12+ welcome

Benefits of Shotokan Karate
“If they could be bottled you would have…..the best medicine in the world”
© Worcester Shotokan Karate Club 2014

We look forward to welcoming you to our Shotokan dojo….it could change your life for the better, forever.

3 years on….

Maya has reminded us that it is exactly 3 years today since Super Saturday 23 March 2019 when Kato Shihan taught at the Worcester Honbu Dojo and held Dan gradings, with 4 Karateka enjoying grading success.
A remarkable seminar and attendance.
Karate is a lifelong pursuit, wise words and the 9th precept of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan……..So respect history but look forward to the bright future on the mountain path as we enjoy the present.
Osu,

Super Saturday 23 March 2019