Shōtsuki meinichi 祥月命日

Kato Shihan 22 July 1943 ~ 16 April 2020

Kato Shihan did not want anyone to mourn his passing but insisted we sing his favourite song whilst raising a glass:-

If I fall or if I perish
Don’t you dare to grieve for me
Drink that red wine to the bottom
Break them glasses to the ground
Heeey, loyal true my friends
All you sing this song
And remember me
If I fall or if I perish
Don’t you dare to call a priest
You shall come to where I’m lying
Dance a heavy dance for me.
Heeey, loyal true my friends
All you sing this song
And remember me
If I fall or if I perish
Memories shall be alive
Of my vivid life and wild heart
Of the track that’s left by me

One year on, raise a glass to the Absolute Genius and his legacy that will live on forever.
Kampai….OSS

Tribute to a Karate Master

The latest Shotokan Karate Magazine features a Tribute to a Karate Master ~ Sadashige Kato 10th Dan IJKA.

Issue 147 March 2021 is now available to purchase from SKM. This is a magazine published quarterly in England.
Please visit the SKM Website for details of how to purchase.

A very apt quote from the Dalai Lama
“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality”.

Osu,

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)





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.

Keep Calm and Carry 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 latest English lockdown.

The club reopened it’s virtual dojo on Monday 4th January.

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

The club regrets that we cannot accept new members at this time.

Ossu,

Happy Christmas

The club is now closed for our annual festive break.

The club will resume normal class schedules on Monday 4th January 2021 at St Martins Church Hall.

A huge thank you to all my students for supporting the club throughout an extremely volatile and difficult year.
 
2020 has without doubt been the most challenging year to run a karate club ever. Let’s look forward to better times in 2021.
 
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to you all
Enjoy the break and come back refreshed in 2021 to continue the journey.
 
Domo Arigato,
 
Steve
 

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 latest English lockdown.

The club will reopen it’s virtual dojo on Thursday 5th November.

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

The club regrets that we cannot accept new members at this time.

Ossu,