With deepest condolences

Having heard the sad news via fellow karateka Kevin Bellwood and his father Ron Bellwood, we send our sincere condolences tonight to Sensei Pablo Martin 1st Dan, whose son Antonio has suddenly passed away. Antonio also practised Karate, training at Sensei Ron’s Blackpool & Wyre Karate Ryu and was 1st kyu Brown Belt before concentrating on opening a successful restaurant in Blackpool.

On behalf of WSKC we send our sincere condolences to Pablo, his wife Margaret and his family. Our thoughts are with you.all at this very sad time.

Antonio Martin with his dad

Antonio Martin with his dad during his training at Blackpool and Wyre Karate Ryu

Black Belt Grading Success

Congratulations to Frank Rhodes who on 8th May 2016 (VE Day) was graded by IJKA World Chief Instructor Sadashige Kato Shihan 9th Dan and awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt).

Shodan Award

Sensei Steve Cameron 4th Dan IJKA (Left) presents Shodan certificate to Frank Rhodes 1st Dan IJKA (Right)

Frank Rhodes started his karate journey in 1993 under the tuition of Sensei Stevie McCahill at the Scottish Budokan Association in East Kilbride, Scotland, which was governed by the Scottish Karate Board under Chief Instructor Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda. Although Frank rapidly progressed to 1st Kyu, he was unsuccessful at his first Shodan grading in 1995. Nevertheless, he continued to train on and off for a number of years until the time constraints of starting his own business and subsequently moving to Worcester, England, forced a break from training.

However, still keen to train, a couple of years after settling in Worcester and then in his 50’s, Frank found Worcester Shotokan Karate Club.

Under the guidance of Sensei Steve Cameron, Frank developed a new enthusiasm for karate and became a regular member of the club. During this time, Frank overcame a knee injury and subsequent related operation plus shoulder injury problems.

Another gap in training, again due to the pressures of work, was followed by Frank retiring in 2013, which has since allowed him to train regularly again at the club as well as attend several Kato Shihan seminars held at IJKA Buckinghamshire’s Honbu Dojo.

Eight weeks prior to the 8th May 2016 seminar in Buckinghamshire, Sensei Cameron announced that Frank would be training for consideration of a Shodan grading at the seminar.

With support from fellow karateka and the expert guidance of Sensei Cameron, Frank was graded by IJKA Chief Instructor Sadashige Kato Shihan 9th Dan and awarded the rank of Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt).

At the age of 61 Frank is proof that age is no barrier and personifies the WSKC club motto “Mukin Shuri” ~ “The way to success has no shortcuts”.

The club congratulates Frank on his achievement and looks forward to his further progress in skill and character building in the future.

Old friends reunited

L – R Warren De Vries, Marco Fannichi, Malcolm Dorfman, Steve Cameron

On 26th April 2015 Cameron Sensei trained on the 1st Bristol KWF International Gasshuku held at St. Pauls Community Sports Centre, St Pauls, Bristol.
The seminar was given by Malcolm Dorfman 8th Dan KWF Assistant Chief Instructor assisted by Marco Fannichi 7th Dan KWF.
This was Steve’s first meeting with Dorfman Sensei since leaving Johannesburg in 1995.
Steve trained at Marco’s Springs Dojo whilst working in Johannesburg and Warren De Vries from Springs dojo, Transvaal, South Africa was also in attendance.
A time for Springs karateka to catch up on old times.

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)
Nunnery Wood Sports Complex
Spetchley Road

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.