Club Notices

Reserve your place on a class online

Hello folks

This is a notice for all existing students and any new students once they have spoken to Sensei Hession. Due to Covid-19 restriction and health measures we can only offer a limited number of spaces on each class. This was done manually last month as we reopened and set systems in place but I am pleased to announce that we have now been able to provide a system to book your place online from this web site. Please ensure that you book your place before 10pm at least three days before the class you wish to attend e.g. if you wish to train on Monday you must have reserved your place by 10pm the Friday before and if you wish to train on Thursday you must have done so by 10pm on the Monday before at the latest. This is to allow us to organise students into various rooms for various classes and prepare the necessary documentation to manage track and trace requirements etc.

You can book your place by selecting “book Your Class” from the “Classes and Fees” menu or via the direct link to that page here.

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Enter the Dojo! BWCSK Weoley Castle Dojo Reopens

We are pleased to announce that training resumed at our Weoley Castle dojo from the 27th July 2020. It seems like a long time since we had to close our doors due to the rising Covid-19  infections and eventual national lock down. Since then we have continued training online offering eight free classes a week (split between Juniors and Seniors)  to our members via the Zoom application. Those classes finished last Saturday with the reopening of the dojo but we would like to thank all the instructors who gave up their time  and resources and all those who helped make those classes happen over the last three months. We would like to also thank all the students and their family members who trained on those classes or made it possible for others to train.

This week was a soft reopening with Sensei Hession contacting each member individually to inform them of the reopening plans and the new Covid-19 safety rules and restrictions in place and to allow everyone to get used to the new rules. We are pleased to say the reopening went well and that the club is now open again to all. Unfortunately due to the new Covid-19 safety measures we have had to implement a booking system as only a limited number of spaces are available on each lesson in order to mantain social distancing and where possible electronic payment upon the booking of a session to avoid the handling of cash and change which might be a vector for transmission. Please contact Sensei Susan Hession if you wish to book a place on a class, unfortunately if the places are already taken you will not be able to train that day unless someone drops out. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell, are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 or have come into contact with someone who has symptoms.

We would also encourage students where possible to arrive in their gi and to try and avoid bringing unnecessary items into the dojo. Please bring your own full water bottle so that you will have a drink available during training. Hand sanitiser will be present throughout the building and temperature checks will be performed before entry into the church building is allowed. Unfortunately if you have a temperature you will not be allowed to enter and train. We appreciate that it may not be possible or advisable for everyone to wear their gi to the dojo such as those who take public transport and you will be able to change in a designated location but please try and minimise the items you bring to the dojo as much as is possible. Mitts, gumshields and other protective equipment wont be needed as no sparring, partner or pad training will be taking place.

Students must have a current license to train, please contact Sensei Hession if your license has expired so that it can be renewed.

All classes are £5 per student and class times are as follows:

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday 5.30pm – 6.30pm Juniors
  6.30pm – 7.30pm Family
  7.30pm – 8.30pm Senior

These classes are split into various rooms with no contact for students between each class or room. Please do not park in the church car park unless you will be staying for the entire night as we need to leave space for students to enter and exit without contact with other groups.

We will provide details of when the Longbridge dojo will be reopening when we have further information but we are currently not expecting to be able to return to Longbridge this month.

 

 

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Training together whilst apart

Calling all current BWCSK students.  Karate still goes on even whilst we are locked down in our homes, we are still training together whilst apart. If you would like access to free exclusive content and online training sessions please contact us, either directly by phone, email, messaging app or social media.

Unfortunately we can only provide these options for existing students and we are sorry for any inconvenience that may cause.

We would like everyone to stay safe and take care and we look forward to hearing from you.

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BWCSK Club Notice on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Update…

It is with deep regret and great sorrow that due to the latest government advice advising all schools and sports clubs to close that we feel the time has come to announce the suspension of all BWCSK classes until further notice. This decison has not been made lightly and we have been continuously speaking to our members and parents of younger members to determine what they wanted us to do up until this point. As a club we have never before had to shut our doors but these are unprecedented times. We believe that we need to take this inevitable decision in the best interests of our students, their families and our instructor’s health. We will look to review this decision as the situation changes over the coming weeks based on the government’s and NHS advice at that time. Please check our Facebook Page and this web site for updates.

We would like to thank our students, parents and family of our younger students and our instructors and assistant instructors for their support  that has allowed us to continue until this point.

Watch this space as we will look to find ways to support all our students continued studies over the coming weeks and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

In the meantime we would like everybody to take care of themselves, stay safe and keep practising.

The BWCSK Team.

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BWCSK Club Notice on the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

BWCSK are constantly reviewing the situation and latest government guidelines and will keep you informed of the how the club will proceed going forward. We recommend that you check our facebook page (https://en-gb.facebook.com/BirminghamShotokan/) for the most up-to-date information as this will be updated as a priority as the situation evolves, our facebook news feed is also visible on the bottom of all posts on this site.

Karate training is currently on as normal with hygiene protocols in place. There will be no sparring or bag work during this time. Internal doors will be kept open so that contact with surfaces can be minimised and cleaning is in place.  If you or any member of your family are exhibiting symptoms as per government advice please stay away to help ensure the good health of your fellow students, their families and your instructors.


Please make sure your Gi Is washed after each session, may I also point out your white mitts are also washable but they will not be needed as there will be no contact kumite. There will be someone in place to make sure children wash their hands before training.

Whilst we appreciate that some of you may prefer not to participate at this time and fully understand and support that decision we would be grateful if you could inform Sensei Hession so that she can organise classes accordingly.   


Stay safe and be mindful, keep practising even if not attending classes and we look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

The BWCSK team.

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New class times on Wednesdays

Due to a increase in class size we are adjusting the start times for the Wednesday night class at Longbridge Methodist Church. This is so that we can ensure all students get suitably focused tuition for their grade.

The new times starting this week will be:

  • Beginners to Purple & White Belts: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Brown and Black Belts: 6.30pm – 8pm / 8.30pm (8pm – 8.30pm subject to students demand on the day).
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Christmas 2019 & New Year Closure and Re-opening dates.

There will be a small Christmas Party in the back room of the Weoley Castle dojo on Thursday 19/12/2019. Training will be as usual for those wishing to train in the front room.

The last training session for 2019 will be Saturday 21/12/2019 at the Longbridge dojo.

The club will reopen for training on Saturday 4th January 2020 at the Longbridge dojo.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at BWCSK.

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Late May Bank Holiday Closure

The Weoley Castle dojo will be closed on Monday 27th May 2019. All other classes are running as normal.

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Easter 2019 Opening Times

As the Easter week approaches we would just like to let you know that the club will be closed from Thursday 18th April 2019 (Maundy Thursday) until Moday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Monday) inclusive.

The last training session before Easter will be on Wednesday 17th April 2019 at the Longbridge Dojo reopening for the first lesson after Easter on Wednesday 24th April 2019 at the longbridge dojo.

Happy Easter from everyone at BWCSK.

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BWCSK Embroidered Gi & Over-Gi Unvieling

With the recent changes to the club name and badge it seemed the perfect opportunity to offer the opportunity for club members to be able to purchase club embroidered gi and over-gi. These were officially unveiled this week and expertly modelled by Mike and Faye in the videos below.

If you wish to purchase either an embroidered gi or over-gi please speak to Sensei Sue.