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New Membership Offers starting from 17 May

Membership Offers Available from 17 May to 31 July 2021

New members joining the SSKA
Your membership will include karate suit with belt plus SSKA badge Club badge embroidered on suit, licence (insurance) and grading book. Usual  price £80.

Special offer price:
£65 for one person
£60 per person for family of two
£55 per person for family of three or more.

Previous members rejoining the SSKA
Any former SSKA members can rejoin the association at their previous grade. All you will be required to pay is a Licence Renewal Fee of £30 and will last for 12 months.  A lost Licence Book will be replaced free of charge.

Members joining from other styles or association
No joining fee is required.  You can simply pay the licence renewal fee of £30 and will last for 12 months. A lost licence book will be replaced free of charge, proof of current grade may be requested.

For more information about memberships please contact Sensei Cole on sska595@gmail.com

SSKA events in June & July

Hopefully, we will all be back training in the Sports Centres soon, but in the meantime, we can train outside on the grass, weather permitting- Good news! Here are just a few updates for June and July, as follows:
June
1.  There will be no pre-gradings or gradings in June.  Instead, it will be catch-up lessons for all grades.
2. On June 6th and 20th June, there will be karate training covering all aspects of Shotokan Karate At Woodford Park Leisure Centre
Lessons will start at 0930 until 1100.  The cost will be £10 pp. Special Rates will apply.  Due to limited numbers allowed, please arrive early.
3.  On June 6th, there will be karate training covering all aspects of Shotokan Karate at Grange Leisure a Community Centre.
Lessons will will start at 1330 until 1500.  The cost will be £10pp. Special Rates will apply. Due to limited numbers allowed, please arrive early.
4.  On June 27th, there will be karate training covering all aspects of Shotokan Karate at Grange Leisure a Community Centre.
Lessons will will start at 0930 until 1100.  The cost will be £10pp. Special Rates will apply. Due to limited numbers allowed, please arrive early.
July
1.  All Gradings for 10th kyu – Black belts will now take place in July.  Woodley gradings on 4th July and Swindon gradings on 11th.  Further details to follow.
2.  Because of Covid19 and lockdowns, Special Rates for Licence renewals are available.  Please refer to the SSKA website for details.
3.  Students can double or triple grade, if they wish.  Only one lesson fee is payable and then each grading fee.  Please advise how many belts are required.
4.  Those students grading for 1st Kyu who fail part of their grade can regrade again on the same day after some further training/ coaching.  A second grading fee will be due.
5.  Those students grading for Black belt who fail only part of their grade, can regrade again on the same day after some further training/ coaching.  A second grading fee will be due.
6.  Students who paid for their grading in 2020, but have yet to grade will have nothing to pay, unless they wish to double/ triple grade.  The extra grading fee will be payable.
7.  Due to Lockdown, students may be in possession of an out-of-date Licence.  A Licence Renewal fee will be required.  Please ensure that your students check their Licences beforehand.
8.  Payments can be made online on the SSKA website, to my address or at one of the catch-up courses.
9.  Grading and Licence forms can be downloaded from the SSKA website.
10. The Summer Camp 13th to 15th August 2021 will definitely take place.  Please use the Winter Camp Form which is available on the SSKA website.  Payment can be made online, by post to my home address or at one of the catch-up courses.
Please pass on all relevant information to your students- many thanks!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Best wishes
Sensei Stuart Cole

Licence Renewals

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to karate. Some of our clubs will be starting to welcome our junior members back this month.
Many of you will not have trained for some considerable time and it is likely that your licence has expired. As you begin to return to training we would ask that you renew your licences as soon as possible.
This years renewal will remain at £30 but we are offering a 3 month extension on your renewal for everyone that renews in 2021. So you get 15 months for the price of 12!
Many of you were unable to train during 2020 and we will be offering additional extensions for this time. We will assess each renewal on an individual basis and instead of having to back date your licence as we would have requested previously we ensure the earliest your licence will need to be renewed again will be January 2022*
* Please note if your licence expired before 22 March 2020 you will need to pay for the year/years leading up to this date as all clubs were running during this time.
It’s really important the your licence remains in date as this is your insurance and gives you protection should you get injured during your training.
Should you have any queries or concern please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on sska595@gmail.com
You can download a licence renewal here

Two FREE Karate Courses – Saturday 20 March

On Saturday 20 March we will be holding two free karate courses open to everyone.

The courses will be run by Sensei Cole (7th Dan) with over 55years experience, Sensei Lewis (6th Dan) with over 30 years experience and Sensei Whitcher (6th Dan) with over 25 years experience.
Over 100 years of experience between us all!

Course one starts at 4pm

The first course is a special introductory course and offer for one day only for anyone who left martial arts and would like to return and for beginners who would like to try Shotokan Karate for the first time. Students must be 10 years old and above.

We are happy to accept younger children if a parent participates with them.

The lesson will start with a  warm up, with fitness and stretching.
Then we will go in to a nice slow lesson learning basic moves to start with – blocks and punching techniques plus different kinds of kicks and stances. Distance and timing work and loads of other stuff which you will learn as you proceed on the path for the Back Belt.

As part of the special offer:

  1. You can come back at the grade you left on we will recognise the rank from any association or style.
  2. No joining fee
  3. Just pay a Licence fee of £30
  4. Your Licence will start on 20 March for one year then you renew again in twelve months time
  5. If you have lost your licence book and your grading history and courses we will give you a FREE book all signed up (this includes students from other styles and other karate groups.)
  6. You can buy a karate suit, belts, SSKA badges or embroidered badges for your suit. All prices are on our website www.sska.co.uk or you can wear your old white karate suit and belt if you have one.
  7. We will direct you to your nearest SSKA Club and introduce you to the instructor.
  8. If there is no club in your area we would be willing to set one up.

 

Course two starts at 4.50pm

This lesson is for all SSKA registered students.
The lesson will be a basic lesson concentrating on basic moves, detail of moves and technical detail on combinations as well as focus, timing, flow of moves and inner strength. We will cover the grading syllabus too.

If you need to renew your licence if it’s run out please contact Sensei Cole directly as every students circumstances will be taken into consideration  due to  Covid 19 and the lockdowns that have been in place. Contact Sensei Cole to discuss on 07557532676 or email sska595@gmail.com.

Please note for both courses: Younger children must have a parent with them when they are on Zoom for safeguarding reasons. You train at your own risk on Zoom. Dress code is karate suit or lose clothing you can wear feet protection as well.

Numbers are limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
To register text Sensei Cole on 07557532676 or email sska595@gmail.com.

If you decide you like Shotokan Karate and you  like the SSKA we will tell you the procedure to get your licence and join the SSKA you can do everything on line.Just email for bank account details.
sska595@gmail.com

My Karate Journey: Helen Sheldon

I attended karate as a child but drifted away from it in my teenage years. My son and daughter started training in Faringdon, and as I sat on the side lines watching, I was surprised by how much I could still remember. I was encouraged to join in and we have been training as a family ever since. That was over 10 years ago and we now train in Brize Norton with Sensei Cowling.

I work at Oxford University as a scientist for Cancer Research UK. I love my job and I was devastated when the laboratories closed during the first lock down. Like many others, I was forced to stay at home and found it hard to exercise. We all really missed training during this time and it was great to start again, even if it was initially in a playing field! My daughter even managed to achieve her black belt in October which was the highlight of the year.

Thankfully I am able to work during the current lockdown. Cancer Research UK and many other charities have suffered financially due to COVID so it’s great news that research can continue. Once again, I am forced to practice my katas in the kitchen. I look forward to the day when we can get back to training, I am hoping to grade for my 2nd Dan so I certainly need the practice!

FREE Virtual Kata Course 

FREE Virtual Kata Course
Saturday 20 February, 4pm-5pm
 
This free kata course will be hosted by Sensei Cole, Sensei Lewis and Sensei Whither via Zoom. If you would like to attend please register by 5PM on THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY.
To register simply email sska595@gmail.com
 
We look forward to seeing you there.
 
*IMPORTANT*
For safeguarding purposes parents should be in the same room any children participating. Appropriate clothing i.e. Karate suits should be worn. Please make sure you have a suitable space to train – you train at your own risk. You must have your camera switched on at all times. Please mute your sound so that participants can hear the instructors. 

Important Update – Instructor’s Course 24 Jan

Our Instructor’s Course that was due to take place on 24th January in Swindon will now take place virtually. All instructors should have received an email inviting them to join the virtual course which will be between 9.30-10.30am.

If you would like to attend but have not received a link to join please get in touch by emailing grading@sska.co.uk. Likewise if you would like to consider becoming an instructor please contact Cailey Whitcher on the same email address.

Merry Christmas

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a very Merry Christmas. We can’t thank you enough for your support over this last year.

I would like to as you to join me in thanking our dedicated team of Instructors who have worked so hard during the pandemic to keep their clubs running and have found new ways to teach their students. It’s been tough, but their strength and motivation has been amazing, so thank you!

I hope you all have a very great Christmas, stay safe and look forward to seeing you all again when we can train face-to-face again.

Best wishes

Sensei Cole

KATA COMPETITION CANCELLED

It is with regret that due to the latest Government restrictions we will have to cancel our kata competition planned for Sunday 10th January 2021. Please keep checking the website and our Facebook page for the latest updates and information from the SSKA.

**READING GRADING CANCELLED**

Due to the Government announcement this evening that Berkshire is in Tier 4, it means the Reading leisure centre must close and our Gradings planned for tomorrow cancelled. We will aim to rearrange the gradings in January. Sorry for the short notice and inconvenience.