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.


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.


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

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.