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KYU GRADING CENTRE, Wonford Sports Centre, Rifford Road, Exeter, EX2 6NF. Juniors & Seniors (All Grades) arrive at 9.45am for admin, pre-grading lesson 10.00am – 11.00am. Kyu Gradings start at approx. 11.15am in the Main Hall.



KYU GRADING CENTRE, Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR. Lesson times:- Juniors & Seniors (All Grades) arrive at 2.45pm for admin, pre-grading lesson 3.00pm – 4.00pm.

Gradings start at approx. 4.00pm in the Studio with Chief Instructor of the SSKA, Sensei Lewis Assistant Chief Instructor and Senior Instructors assistance.

Important Announcement: Changes in Instructorship at Wokingham and Caversham Clubs

We would like to inform you of some significant changes within our association regarding the instructorship at Wokingham and Caversham clubs.

Gary Leyshon, who previously led the Wokingham and Caversham clubs, has left the Southern Shotokan Karate Association (SSKA).

With these changes, we are pleased to announce that we have appointed two new highly skilled instructors to lead these clubs:

•       Ian Binge will be assuming the role of instructor at Caversham club.
•       Dawn Grieg will be leading the Wokingham club.

Ian and Dawn bring with them a wealth of experience, expertise, and dedication to the SSKA. They are committed to upholding the standards of excellence that our association prides itself on, and we are confident that they will inspire and guide you.

To all members who have been training at Wokingham and Caversham clubs, we extend a warm invitation to continue your training under the guidance of Ian and Dawn.

Furthermore, we welcome new members to join our clubs and experience the benefits of Shotokan Karate. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, there is a place for you in one of our clubs, and we are excited to welcome you to train with us.

It is important to note that Gary Leyshon is no longer affiliated with the SSKA in any capacity. Any representation or association with him should be disregarded.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes or any other matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your feedback and input are always valued and appreciated.

Classes with Sensei Cole


Sensei Cole runs weekly lessons on a Sunday afternoon from 3.30-4.30pm in Salisbury. All members of the SSKA are welcome to attend and train.
Five Rivers Leisure Centre
Leisure Centre
Hulse Road

The hall is available from 3pm, so feel free to pop along early to make use of the hall and ask any questions about your Karate training before the lesson starts.

Summer Camp Payments

If you are planning on attending this year’s Summer Camp in Bournemouth please can you organise payment for your training as soon as possible so numbers can be confirmed.

If you are attending the Summer Camp 2023 if you pay for your training in July £90 person. If you pay for your training in August £120 person.

Timetable of the two day events in Bournemouth will be out soon.

Please contact Sensei Cole direct by emailing