Halesowen Baths Dojo will be closed until the 10th…

Hello folks,


The refurbishments of Halesowen Swimming Baths is taking longer than initially expected and we have now been informed that the baths will remain closed until 10th April 2016. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. All other clubs are open as usual for training.


Halesowen dojo closed for refurbishments until 5th April 2016

The Halesowen Baths dojo will be closing from Easter Sunday 27th March 2016 until Tuesday 5th April 2016 in order to carry out refurbishments. We are awaiting final confirmation of the reopening date from Halesowen Swimming Baths so please check for an update on the 4th April 2016 via this page and our Facebook page.


Easter Opening Times 2016

The opening times for BHSKC clubs over the Easter holiday are as follows:

Weoley Castle will be CLOSED on Maundy Thursday 24th March 2016

Bartley Green will be CLOSED on Holy Saturday 26th March 2016

Quinton will be CLOSED on Holy Saturday 26th March

Halesowen will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday 27th March 2016

Weoley Castle will be OPEN on Easter Monday 28th March 2016

We are still awaiting confirmation of dates for Haden SKC on Good Friday and Easter Monday but is likely to be closed and will confirm this ASAP


Next Grading is on the Saturday 12th March 2016

The next grading is rapidly approaching so make sure that you have an up-to-date license and that you have the permission of your sensei to grade. If grading and you wish to order belts please contact Sensei Sue Hession via text on 07976995472 with yoir name, belt colour and size required.

In the meantime keep training and practising your grading syllabus and kata.


Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish all students at BHSKC and everyone else who has been a part of the club or the activities it has been involved in a very Happy Christmas and hope you all enjoy the holidays on behalf of myself and the BHSKC team.



Merry Christmas,




New training times for Saturday’s Kata Class at Bartley…

After receiving feedback from students who felt the existing 1.00pm start for Shihan Cummins’ dedicated kata class on Saturdays made it difficult to have time for family activities on a Saturday afternoon, the time for this class is changing.  Based on feedback from students within the club about a potential time change Shihan Cummins has moved the Saturday kata class at Bartley Green to the earlier time of 11.00am – 12.30pm from Saturday 7th November 2015.

Hopefully with the new time change more of you will be able to attend and benefit from this class with Shihan Cummins dedicated to kata and bunkai.




Training & Gradings this Saturday

This Saturday, 19th September 2015 will be kyu and dan gradings at Bartley Green Leisure Centre. These will be preceded by a training course for one hour with Shihan Cummins. The training will start at 11am with doors opening at 10.45am. If you are grading please remember to bring your license and grading fee. The grading fee is £30 for kyu grades which includes training, grading a new belt and registration with NAKMAS.

If you are training please arrive promptly to be ready for the start. The training is open to all grades wether grading or not.

Good luck to all those who are grading and we look forward to seeing everyone there for the training.

The normal kata course will not be taking place this week due to the grading, sorry if this causes any inconvenience.







Bartley Green Dojo Closures

The Bartley Green dojo will be closed on Wednesday 13th May 2015 and Wednesday 20th May 2015 due to school exams resulting in the gym and sports hall being unavailable. All other classes are open as normal. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan – Special Kata Class

Every Saturday between 1pm and 2.30pm Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th dan runs a special class dedicated to the in depth teaching and study of kata at his Bartley Green Dojo. The class usually covers all aspects of the given kata including the kata itself, bunkai, history and the opportunity to ask questions and clarify your understanding on the kata and it’s application. This session is open to karateka of all ages, grades and associations and is an invaluable opportunity to study kata with one of the stalwarts of Shotokan karate in the UK. Since Shihan Cummins initially started this class it has covered all twenty seven of the kata within the shotokan system and regularly attracts black belts of all grades with recent sessions exploring kata such as Tekki Sandan (both versions), Tekki Nidan, Jion, Jiin, Sochin, Meikyo and Gankaku as well as Heian kata.

Shihan Cummins does not charge a premium for this session with it being the standard class training fee of £7 for adults. If you would like to train on this class then please come along to the BHSKC Bartley Green Dojo located at Bartley Green Community Leisure Centre, 103 Adams Hill, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3QJ. For further information please contact Sue Hession, BHSKC Secretary on  07976905472.


We’d like to Welcome to new clubs affiliated to…

Hello, we would like to welcome Quinton Shotokan Karate Club and Haden Shotokan Karate Club to the Birmingham and Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club fold. These two new affiliated clubs have opened this month and have been setup by Sensei Matt Russell 3rd Dan and Sensei Steve O’Reilly 2nd Dan respectively who many of you will know from training with Shihan Cummins. These promise to be two great clubs at new locations in the city so if you are already a BHSKC student why not drop in and train I’m sure they will appreciate your support. If you would like to start karate and are looking for a club in the Quinton or Halesowen areas then I’m sure they will be glad to hear from you. Full details of training times and locations for these and all other BHSKC dojos and affiliated clubs can be found by viewing our Training times and locations.