Club Notices

A New Year, a fresh start, Welcome to BWCSK!

The New Year, 2019 has arrived and with the new year comes a fresh start for the club with a new name and new club badge. We will still be teaching and practicing the traditional Shotokan karate that was taught to us by Shihan Cummins but under the new name of Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate (BWCSK).

As many of you may know after the death of Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th dan, his club Birmingham & Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club was reunited with the club that started from it’s lomgest running dojo Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club under its new Chief Instructor Sensei Susan Hession. Since then the clubs have run together under a combined badge that maintained elements from both club badges but maintaining both club names.

The club has continued to operate as a single club in all practical terms with BHSKC & WCSKC students continuing to train and grade with each other as indeed they did when Shihan Cummins was alive due to the close links that have always existed between them.

However during that time things have changed. The long standing BHSKC Bartley Green and Halesowen dojos were closed. The latter continued until very recently under another former student of Shihan Cummins Sensei Matt Russell at Birmingham Karate (formally Quinton SKC). New students have joined who never knew the clubs prior to the merger and the details behind the dual identity. Last but not least the current names no longer truly reflect the clubs geography.

As we move into 2019 we are rebranding the club as Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate (abbrieviated to BWCSK), hopefully a bit easier on the tongue and as we no longer have a Halesowen presence more reflective of the clubs geography. With the new name comes a new badge and an updated website.Don’t worry all the old posts you know and love from the old sites still remain on our legacy BHSKC and WCSKC web sites, Going forward the new site will continue under the address and will be updated with the latest news and information from the club.

The new BWCSK Badge incorporating the fukutsu kanji which can be roughly translated as “Never Give Up” from our club motto “Never Give In, Never Give Up!”

Welcome to Birmingham & Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate

Club Notices

Welcome to the combined BHSKC & WCSKC Web site

Welcome to the combined home for Birmingham & Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club and Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club. Originally born from Shihan Cyril Cummins’ BHSKC Weoley Castle Dojo, Weoley Castle Shotokan initially grew under the guidance of one of Shihan Cummins’ senior students, Sensei Susan Hession under his BHSKC umbrella before becoming fully independent with Sensei Hession as it’s Chief Instructor in the last year. Students of both clubs have for many years trained and graded together as part of the overall BHSKC family and this continues today. With the passing of Shihan Cummins Sensei Hession has assumed the mantle of Chief Instructor for both BHSKC and WCSKC and whilst both clubs still exist as distinct entities continuing the long tradition established with Shihan Cummins with BHSKC as one of the longest running Shotokan karate clubs in the Midlands and the success had since it’s foundation of WCSKC both clubs have come together under one roof both symbolically with the shared Chief Instructor and physically with the Longbridge Dojo housing both clubs.  To symbolise this coming together under one Chief Instructor and to provide a single web site for all club information going forward we are in the process of combining some aspects of the web sites. However all the memories, posts and information from the original BHSKC site will remain available as a legacy site in remembrance of Shihan Cummins these can be found at the new address of

To bring in this new era the badges for both clubs have been redesigned and combined to symbolise the coming together of the two clubs and form a single badge for the combined BHSKC & WCSKC.