All posts by Cailey Whitcher

Message from Sensei Cole

To our dedicated students,

The SSKA has been enriching students life with karate since 1987 and in all those years we’ve never experienced at times quite like these.

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting families and businesses everywhere meaning it is a challenging time for all of us. The most important thing is we remain healthy and listen to the Government’s advice and Stay at Home.

We were disappointed that our Swindon grading could not take place as planned and some of you missed the opportunity to grade for your black belts however your safety is more important to us.

I am grateful to have a very dedicated team of instructors who are actively supporting their students, generating online lessons, providing virtual one-to-one sessions and sharing training plans online. More than ever it is important to try and keep some routine in our lives and I thank my instructors for their hard work.

We certainly can’t wait for the day when life returns to normal and we can open our doors to students again. If you need any help or advice with your training please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are here for you.

I’d like to personally thank those of you who are NHS or key workers and doing your everything to keep the world in order and supporting our families. Thank you.

Keep safe, keep well and keep in touch.

All the best wishes

Sensei Cole

Chief Instructor SSKA

Important Update – Swindon Gradings

**IMPORTANT NOTICE – SWINDON GRADING**
 
We wanted to update you to let you know we have taken measures to allow us to continue with the Grading as planned on Sunday at Dorcan Recreation.
 
We want to ensure our students stay as fit and healthy as possible and we want to help prevent illness.
 
We have altered the format of the day to reduce the number of people coming into contact with each other:
 
1. There will be no lesson prior to grading.
 
2. We will be grading students by grade at allotted times.
 
3. Please arrive for your dedicated grading time.
 
9am white belts
9.30am orange belts
10am red belts
10.20 yellow belts
10.40 green belts
11am purple belts
11.30am purple and whites
12 noon brown belt and above
 
4. We ask that only one parent/carer attend with each student.
 
5. We would ask that if you are feeling unwell or have been unwell leading up to your grading that you defer your grading until June.
 
6. We have made the decision that we will not be shaking hands with students when they are presented with their grades.
 
7. We would also ask that you follow the government guidelines on ‘How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus’
 
We thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing sska595@gmail.com

Important Update: March Gradings

With the current COVID-19 situation in the UK we would like to take this opportunity to let you know all our Gradings will be taking place as planned in March. We will notify you as soon as possible of any changes on our website and our Facebook page. 

We want to ensure our students stay as fit and healthy as possible and we want to help prevent illness. 

1. We would ask that if you are feeling unwell or have been unwell leading up to your grading that you defer your grading until June. 

2. We have made the decision that we will not be shaking hands with students when they are presented with their grades. 

3. We would also ask that you follow the government guidelines on ‘How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus’

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing sska595@gmail.com

**Salisbury February Gradings CANCELLED**

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Pre-grading on Saturday 29th February (3pm to 4pm) and grading on Sunday 8th March (12pm to 2pm). We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Anyone wishing to grade can grade at our centres in Exeter, Reading or Swindon. If you need to post your forms to us – please message us for the postal address.

Salisbury gradings will return as planned in June.

FREE Instructor’s Information Course

On Sunday 26 January we are holding our annual FREE instructor’s information course at Dorcan Recreation Complex, St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon SN3 5BY from 3-5pm.

This course is for all instructors, including junior instructors and anyone 4th Kyu and above who would like to become an instructor and run a SSKA club.

The course will give you new ideas about teaching your students, advice on how to promote your club and a chance to concentrate on your own karate progress.

For more information please phone or text 07557532676 or email sska595@gmail.com

Spring Camp – Book your place by 31 January

The Southern Shotokan Karate Association are hoping to run a Spring Camp in Exmouth from Saturday 25 April to Sunday 26 April 2020. The Camp will take place at the NEW Premier Inn Exmouth.

The course is for black belts and 1st Kyu’s only (aged 16 years and over). This is a specialist course concentrating on all technical areas in Shotokan Karate.

The course will be run by Sensei Cole, 7th Dan. There are only 20 places available so book you place now.  For full detail download the information sheet here.

Deadline to book your place is 31 January 2020