Christmas is almost upon us so on behalf of everyone at Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate / Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and wishing you health, wealth, and happiness for the New Year!
Many of you will know Becky Clarke and Andrew Smith individually as the parents of either Courtney and Harvey or Ajay and Paige respectively or may have just seen them either blowing the whistle or signalling the imminent end of the class times or guiding students around the entrances and exits and ensuring their safety when entering and leaving the dojo. For quite a while they have volunteered quietly in the background to help around the club as well as the aforementioned visible activities they have also help out with the paperwork around gradings. As Jackie has now had to step down from the role Becky has now officially taken on the role of Club Secretary assisted by Andy.
Hopefully all the parents at the Kenshin dojo should now have met them as they man the desk and take the fees on Friday’s. Those who train on Wednesday’s will also have met Lincoln Boult’s grandfather, Roger who man’s the desk and takes the fees for the Wednesday night classes.
We would just like to thank them all again for the tireless work they do in the background that helps keep everything running smoothly both in the original BWCSK and Kenshin dojos.
During Wednesday night’s class Lorraine announced that she was going to retire from her role at Kenshin Shotokan Karate Club as she felt for personal reasons it was now the right time with the clubs ongoing future assured. I must admit this caught us by surprise but over the last 36 years of training one thing I have had to get used to is change be it people stopping training, moving away, retiring or instructors and fellow students who unfortunately have passed away like Shihan Cummins, Sensei Franklyn Doras and more recently David Moxam. The one constant that remains is your training and I’m sure it has been a pleasure for Lorraine to watch you all progress until this point as it has been for myself and Sensei Mike each session since we joined Kenshin. I believe there are plans to setup a WhatsApp group so you can all keep in touch with Lorraine in the future.
Lorraine was part of Kenshin SKC since the foundation of the club along with her late husband Franklyn Doras and has been an integral part of this club ever since. She along with Sensei Peter Shuter kept the club going after Sensei Franklyn’s passing. When Sensei Pete eventually chose to pursue other avenues for his training she sought out another club to keep Kenshin open. As was evidenced by the emotions on display by her announcement she will be missed but she of course has a standing invitation to drop in to say hello and will be invited to the black belt gradings of those of you who have trained with her all these years now that a few of you are getting closer to that day. I’m sure we all want to wish her the best of luck for a relaxing retirement and for whatever she decides to do in the future.
As with any change there will be some questions so feel free to ask me (Richard) or Mike when you see us. To answer a couple we were asked on Wednesday. Kenshin SKC will continue and we are not planning to change the name of the club or the badge at present. There may be some administrative changes in the background to do with club registration which may appear on your licence slip when you renew your annual NAKMAS license. When we took over the club we did so because we all knew Sensei Franklyn and had trained alongside him under Shihan Cummins and didn’t want his club and its legacy to disappear so rest assured you are in good hands.
Due to the snow and ongoing yellow weather warning we have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s class at Weoley Castle Community Church. Sorry for the short notice and any inconvenience it may cause but safety has to be paramount.
We will continue to monitor the weather and make decisions as appropriate about other upcoming classes. We will let you know as soon as we can if we need to cancel any additional classes so please check back here, on our Facebook Page (latest posts can be seen in the widget at the bottom of this page) or in our Facebook members only area for further updates.
Well it has been a great year at BWCSK and on behalf of Sensei Sue, myself and the rest of the BWCSK instructors and admin team we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Enjoy the break, keep practising and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year with training resuming at Weoley Castle on Monday 9th January 2023 and the first class at Longbridge being on Saturday 14th January 2023.
Although many of you will likely have seen this via the newsletter, heard it on class or read it on our Grading & Holiday Dates page, the club is closing for it’s summer break between Monday 8th August 2022 and Saturday 20th August 2022 with training resuming on Monday 22nd August 2022 at the Weoley Castle Dojo.
We hope you will all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you again when we reopen.
The BWCSK Team
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With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne coming next week we know that many students are taking advantage of the extra bank holidays to get away. So with this in mind we have decided that we will close for the week starting Monday 30th May 2022 and re-open on Monday 6th June 2022.
We hope you all enjoy the break and we will see you when you return.
Sensei Sue and Richard.
The club will be closing over the Easter holiday to allow both students and instructors to have a well deserved rest. The last class before Easter will be on Saturday 9th April 2022 at the Longbridge Dojo. The club will then be closed from Monday 11th April 2022 to Saturday 23rd April 2022. The club will reopen for the first class after the break on Monday 25th April 2022 at the Weoley Castle Dojo.
We hope you all have a happy Easter.
The BWCSK Team
The Instructors and all members of the BWCSK team would like to wish all our students, friends and their friends and family