Instructors Course 19th Feb

The SSKA is holding a free instructors course on Sunday 19th February at:

Swindon New College, New College Drive, Swindon SN3 1AH from 3.00 to 5.00 pm.

The course is open to all SSKA instructors, junior instructors and trainee instructors.

The course is also open to non SSKA members who would like to run clubs for the SSKA. There are both full and part-time positions available. Full training and support will be provided.

Wokingham Karate Club in News

SSKA Wokingham recently hosted a Kata competition. Below is the article printed in the local papers:

10th December 2016

Wokingham Shotokan Karate Academy played host to the 2016 SSKA East Berkshire and Hampshire Karate Kata Competition on Saturday at the Wokingham Youth and Community Centre, Reading Road, Wokingham. This inaugural event proved successful, attracting a good turnout on the day.

Kata is the performance of a specific sequence of moves designed to teach self defence against several opponents. In the SSKA there are 27 katas for practitioners (karateka) to study as they progress.

The contest was judged by two senior instructors from the Southern Shotokan Karate Association: Sensei Tracie Quelch (4th Dan) from the Reading Karate Club, and Sensei Geoff Ridgway (4th Dan) from the Fleet Karate Club.

Senior Individual Kata: Dawn Greig, Gold (Wokingham), James Edwards, Silver (Reading) and Emma McCarthy, Bronze (Reading).

Junior Individual Kata: Thistlerose Longson, Gold (Wokingham), Yasmin McCarthy, Silver (Reading) and Tabitha Longson, Bronze (Wokingham).

Team Kata: Thistlerose Longson & Yasmin McCarthy, joint Gold (Wokingham & Reading, Thistlerose Longson & Dawn Greig, joint Gold (Wokingham), Yasmin McCarthy & James Edwards (Reading) and James, Emma, Yasmin and Oscar McCarthy, Bronze (Reading).

Overall Best Competitor: Yasmin McCarthy (Reading).

The competition concluded with a ‘kick off’ event. Competitors were judged on performing a sequence of fundamental kicks. The overall winner was Tamora Longson, (Wokingham).

Gary Leyshon, Sensei of the Wokingham Shotokan Karate Academy commented “I’m very pleased with the turnout for today’s competition. We had a good mixture of juniors and seniors and the standard of performance was very high. We look forward to repeating the event early next year.”

Shotokan Karate is a system of unarmed combat in which the participants specialise in self-defence techniques including punching, kicking, striking, blocking and throwing. Shotokan Karate builds self-discipline, respect and confidence and is ideal for both adults and children. Younger students can develop a higher concentration, allowing them to think more quickly and logically. This can help them with all aspects of their schoolwork and social life.

The Southern Shotokan Karate Association (SSKA) is one of the largest non-political associations in the South East of England. Established by Sensei Stuart Cole (7th Dan) in 1987, a stated aim of the SSKA is that instructors will teach anybody who wishes to learn traditional Shotokan Karate regardless of age or ability.

More information can be found at or

* Wokingham Shotokan Karate Academy
Friday evenings 7.30 – 8.30pm at the Holt School, Holt Lane, Wokingham.
Saturday afternoons 3.30 – 5.00 at the Wokingham Youth Centre, 35, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EG
Contact Gary Leyshon (07989 388191) or email:

* Reading Karate Club
Thursday evenings 6.00 -7.00 at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR.
Saturday mornings 11.00-12.00 at Kendrick School Sports Hall, Reading Road, Reading RG1 5BN. Contact Tracie Quelch (0758 2716 788) for more information.
*Sandhurst Karate Club
Sandhurst Sports Centre, Owlsmoor Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0SD, Mondays 6.30-8.00pm

*Theale Karate Club
Sunday mornings 10.00 – 11.30am at Theale Green School, Church Street, Theale. Contact Tracie Quelch (0758 2716 788) for more information.

* Fleet Karate Club
Thursday evenings at Court Moor School, Spring Woods, Fleet. Contact Geoff Ridgway 07917 759343 or website:

Contact information:
Gary Leyshon (07989 388191) or email:
Permission has been obtained for photographs to be used.

Kata Competition – 10 December 2016

Wokingham Karate Club are hosting a kata competition open to all SSKA members on Saturday 10th December.

Start at 14:00
Venue: Wokingham Youth Centre
two classes: 1st kyu and above and up to 1st kyu in each of three age groups up to 16; 16 to 35 and over 35.
One kata of your own choice, plus another if needed for a tie break.

For more information please contact Gary Leyshon on 07989 388191 or download the application form below:

December Kata Competition Form