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

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.




Keep Clam and Carry On

Tonight saw the club get together for the first time since indoor training was suspended by the government on Friday 20th March 2020.

The club is now meeting on-line using web conference software to create a virtual dojo where Cameron Sensei continues to keep the club spirit alive to keep calm and carry on.


First session was a great success and things can only get better as we develop routines to suit the new virtual class format.

A fabulous way to boost our well being during the extraordinary time facing the nation.

A big OSS to all who took part and I look forward to seeing you all again next week. Your positive feedback was great.


Keep Calm and Carry On

Thursday 26th March 2020

The club will meet tonight and there will be training.
This will be held in Sensei’s on-line Dojo and will evolve over time.
For students not using WhatsApp please check your email account as I have sent you details of how to join in.
I look forward to meeting you all later.


Dan Grade Presentation

Presentation night at Worcester on Monday 24th February with Frank receiving his Nidan certificate.
Ink was almost still wet…
Inspiration to us all to keep pushing on with our personal journeys.
I include myself in that statement as he’s moved a grade closer to his Sensei, so time to move my karate up a gear or two, maybe four…

Congratulations Frank, your karate has reached limits you would not have thought possible a few year’s back, but there’s far more to come.
Ossu, Steve