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NEW Spring Camp 2020

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.




Special Offer for returning students

Many students give up karate for various reasons. For some it’s due to injury, for others its just life has got in the way. Whatever your reason the great thing about karate is you can pick up where you left off, at any time or any age.

Have you been  thinking about returning to karate?
We have a new promotion especially for returning students. Previous SSKA members can return at the grade they were when they stopped training, this includes Kyu and Dan grades.

We are offering:

  • No joining fee to pay.
  • No need to back date licence – simply pay for one year (£30)
  • Free licence grading book if you have lost yours
  • Free karate belt if you have lost yours
  • If you’ve graded with another association we’ll accept your current rank
  • Plus… One FREE lesson* on a Wednesday evening training with Sensei Cole, Chief Instructor of the SSKA, to help you get back up the the level you need to be.

Lessons on a Wednesday run every other Wednesday.
The next lesson is 23 October and every fortnight after that.

Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Venue: Dorcan Recreation Complex, St Paul’s Drive, Swindon


To book your place for this offer please email us with your Name, Grade, approximate date you left the SSKA plus a contact number for you.

Email Sensei Cole at or phone or text 07557532676.
You will be required to fill licence form and pay the licence fee on the Wednesday lesson due to insurance reasons.

*This offer is only available at the main SSKA club on a Wednesday night up to 31 December 2019. Please note the club will close over Christmas period so please check before travelling. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Swindon October Dan Grading

Please note that our current grading forms have the incorrect date shown for the black and brown belt course and grading in Swindon. The grading is on Sunday 13 October NOT Sunday 6 October.

Black & Brown Belt Course and Black Belt Grading at Dorcan Recreation Complex, St Paul’s Drive, Swindon SN3 5BY. Juniors & Seniors arrive at 8.45am for admin, lesson 9.30 – 11.00am. Grading starts approx. 11.15am in the Main Hall with Chief Instructor of the SSKA and Senior Instructor assistance.

Book your place on Summer Camp – 9 to 11 August 2019

Just to remind you that the 2019 summer camp is fast approaching –  Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August in Bournemouth. First  lesson starts on the Friday 10.45am.
Make sure you book your room as soon has possible direct with the hotel as there are not many rooms left.
To get your discount on the room you must quote the hotel you are an SSKA members.

Full details on
Please put your forms and payment in by the 2nd August otherwise you will have to pay the £10 surcharge.

For more information please email

SSKA Kata and Kumite Competition Results

Competitors from across the SSKA took part in our annual kata and kumite competition today in Swindon. The competition saw 00 entrants take part in individual kata, team kata and individual kumite.

There was a great atmosphere at today’s event and all the competitors showed great respect and passion for their karate.

The winners of Individual Kata were:

#1 James Edwards
#2 Thistlerose Longson
#3 Trevor Ockwell
#4 Morgan Roberts-Ellis

The winners of Team Kata were:

#1 Kendrick  – Emily Boyd, Anna Boyd, Thistlerose Longson
#2 Evesham A – William Wade, John Garrood, Morgan Roberts-Ellis
#3 Evesham C – Philip Wade, Craig Garrood, Richard Ellis

The winners of Individual Kumite were:

#1 William Wade
#2 James Edwards
#3 Altay Huynh

We also presented the first ever Keith Thomas Memorial Award to the person we felt gave the overall best effort and encompassed the spirit of the day. The award went to Dawn Greig from Wokingham Club. Dawn showed great spirit in the individual kata and got narrowly missed out on a medal place.

Well done to all competitors today. We are already looking forward to next years event.

Black Belt Grading – Sunday 30 June

Don’t forget this Sunday is our Brown & Black Belt Course and Grading in Reading.

Juniors and Seniors to arrive 8.45am for admin, lesson 9.30 – 11.00am. Gradings start at approx. 11.15am in the Main Hall with Chief Instructor of the SSKA, Sensei Lewis and Sensei Whitcher, Assistant Chief Instructors and Senior Instructor assistance.

Venue:  Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, Woodley, Reading RG5 4LY

Its going to be hot this weekend so please ensure you bring plenty of water to drink.