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December Kyu & Dan Gradings in Reading

We are pleased to announce that the following Gradings will be taking place in Reading as planned.

Brown & Black Belt Course and Grading Centre (£18.50 per lesson)

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

Juniors & seniors arrive at 8.30am for a lesson 9.00am – 10.30am. Grading starts at approx. 10.30am. You can pay by BACS or on the day. Please email Sensei Cole to let us know if you plan to attend on

Full details can be viewed on the Grading information Sheet here


Kyu Gradings (1Oth Kyu to 1st Kyu)

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

Lesson times to be advised. If you would like to grade please let us know in advance that you would like to attend so that we can plan ahead. Please email with your grading information or contact for details on how to submit your grading form.

Full details can be viewed on the Grading information Sheet here


Please note social distancing measure will remain in place for ALL gradings. Please see grading information sheet for more details. 

Swindon and Exeter gradings will be confirmed as soon as we have had confirmation from the venues. Please continue to check the website for the latest information.


Virtual Lessons

Ian Binge, one of our Instructors who runs the Newbury dojo is offering Zoom lessons every weekday during lockdown.  The lessons are free to his club members in Newbury but Ian has kindly opened this out to all  SSKA members if they want to join. There will be a small one off charge for the month of the lockdown – classes commence from 5th November 2020.

If you are interested then please get in touch with Ian directly by emailing

November/December Gradings UPDATE

Following the recent Government announcement that we will be in lockdown from Thursday 5 November it has meant we have had to reschedule our Pre-Gradings and Grading planned during this period.
We can confirm that ALL pre-gradings are CANCELLED.
Please note our new grading dates are:
Exeter grading will now be on Saturday 12th December.
Swindon Grading will move to Saturday 19th December
Reading Grading will move to Sunday 20th December.
There will be NO GRADINGS in Salisbury.
As we don’t know what the restrictions will be like when we come out of lockdown we are assuming we won’t be able to have a lesson on grading day. We ask that all students pay their exam fee and belt only. Should we be able to do a lesson, fees can be paid on the day.
We are in the process of amending the Grading forms and will issue these as soon as possible. Please try and get all your forms returned to Sensei Cole by Friday 4th December or bring you can bring it on grading day providing you email us to let us know you are coming on


We’ve just had our first gradings since lockdown and it was great to see everyone back training and progressing in their karate. Congratulations to everyone that graded. 

We still have a number of students that were due to grade in March but due to lockdown the gradings were cancelled. We would like to try ask those students to get in touch with us about rearranging their gradings. We are offering those that missed gradings to grade at the home dojo’s with one of our grading examiners. Please get in touch by emailing Sensei Whitcher at

Unfortunately we won’t be able to carry over the gradings in to 2021 so we would like to get students graded as soon as possible.

Brown/Black Belt Course – 11 October

Our next brown and black belt course and Grading will be on Sunday 11 October 2020. Students should arrive at 9am for a lesson 9.30am-11am. Gradings will start at approximately 11.15am.

NEW VENUE: Please note our Swindon Grading Centre is now at Grange Leisure Centre, Grange Drive, Swindon SN3 4JY.

These courses are for brown and black belts only. The course and gradings are conducted by Sensei Stuart Cole, 7th Dan, Chief Instructor of the S.S.K.A

Students wishing to train and grade for black belt and above must register/book their place by emailing Sensei Cole at: as places are limited.

Please state your name, license number, club and if you wish to grade, the grade you wish to take. This is to allow sufficient time to arrange the grading.

Lesson fees are £18.50. No free lessons are available on this day.

Students must obtain written permission from their club instructor to grade.

No spectators will be allowed in the hall and trainers should be worn during the lesson. Face coverings must be worn inside the centre and are optional for training.

There are no changing facilities available at the centre – only toilets. Please come dressed in your karate suits.





Our annual kata course takes place on Sunday 18 October from 9.30-11.30am. It’s suitable for all grades, juniors and seniors.

£15 per person, £25 for family of 2, £35 for family of 3, £45 for family of 4.

Spaces are limited – booking essential.

Download the booking form here.