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SSKA Summer Camp

The SSKA Summer Camp will be going ahead as planned from 14 – 16 August at the Trouville Hotel in Bournemouth.

The hotel is not open just yet, but will be soon. If you wish to book a room please contact Sensei Cole direct. To book your training you can send a cheque with your application or pay via bank transfer.

For more details please contact:

12 JULY – SSKA Annual Kata Course

We would like to confirm that the SSKA Annual Kata Course planned for Sunday 12 July in Reading is cancelled.

There is still currently no news on when leisure centres and sports facilities will be open but we can assure our members that when they do we are ready and have plans in place to keep everyone safe but still be able to enjoy and practice karate again.

As always we will keep you updated as best we can so please keep checking our website and Facebook pages.

5 JULY 2020 – Black & Brown Belt Course

We would like to confirm that the Black & Brown Belt Course and Black Belt Grading planned for Sunday 5 July in Reading is cancelled.

There is still currently no news on when leisure centres and sports facilities will be open but we can assure our members that when they do we are ready and have plans in place to keep everyone safe but still be able to enjoy and practice karate again.

As always we will keep you updated as best we can so please keep checking our website and Facebook pages.

Summer Camp 2020

Our summer camp is still going ahead as planned. We have however had to limit spaces to just 20 to ensure we can uphold social distancing.
Due to limited places there will be no options to turn up on the day to train. We will also not be offering the option to train for just 1 or 2 days. You must book and pay for 3 days.
For more information or how to pay please email

June Gradings postponed to July

We’d like to inform members that our gradings planned for June are cancelled due to current Government restrictions. If restrictions are relaxed we hope to be able to run the gradings in July.

We are looking at how we can ensure members safety and enable social distancing should these go ahead. We plan to limit numbers and have dedicated time slots for each grade. Gradings will be limited to Swindon and Reading centres only. More information will follow in due course.

We hope you are all safe and well and keeping up your training in some form.

Sensei Cole

Possible Changes to the 2020 Calendar

I hope you are all keeping well and still managing to training at home, in the garden or park – that is the beauty of Shotokan you practice it anywhere.

We obviously don’t know how long the current restrictions will be in place or how things will change if/when the lockdown is lifted. We are starting to put plans in place should the gradings in June not take place. We will keep you update on this as and when we know more.

So, just in case here is our back-up plan… 

Black Belt grading – Sunday 5 July 
The black belt grading on Sunday 5 July will remain the same in Reading. Details of the training and gradings will come out at a later date. (No double gradings) Please make sure you register for your grading by emailing

There will be no pre-gradings at any centres in July.

No gradings in Salisbury or Exeter
There will be no gradings in Salisbury or Exeter. Students who usually grade at these centres can grade in Reading or Swindon.

No surcharges
There will be no surcharges at any of our gradings.

Submitting your grading form
All students must fill in grading forms and hand in their licences and pay their fees on the day of the grading. Students can grade at Reading or Swindon just turn up on the day – no need to book.

We will have certificates for all students who pass their grading and will do our best to have belts too.

Students who did not grade in March and paid their grading fees are permitted to double grade if they want to.= on this occasion only. Just pay for one grading fee and one lesson fee.

If the gradings go ahead in June you can still double grade if you want to.

Kata course 12 July
The Kata course on Sunday 12 July will change to a kyu grading in Reading. The new kata course date will be Sunday 25 October in Reading (same format as the 12 July).

SSKA Competition
The SSKA National Championship on Sunday 19 July will change to a kyu grading in Swindon. The new SSKA National Championships will take place on Sunday 20 December (same format as 19 July).

Full details will come out nearer the time of how we will conduct the lessons, gradings and all courses to ensure we abide by Government restrictions and social distancing measures. It’s our job as instructors to make sure everyone enjoys their karate but keep you safe.

Summer Camp
The manger of the Trouville Hotel said there is a 99% chance that the summer camp will go ahead. So you can send off your fees for the summer camp as soon as possible and book your rooms for the camp. (If you wish to double grade on the summer camp you can)

If you need my postal address to send your applications to please email me at

Thank you for your support in this time of uncertainty, we will do our best for you.

Kind regards

Sensei Cole
Chief Instructor SSKA

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: 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’


  • 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


  • 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

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