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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 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


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.


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.


Reading Grading Update – 17 December

Following the government’s announcement today, Berkshire is now in Tier 3 which means that we can no longer accept anyone over the age of 18 to grade on Sunday in Reading. We ask that any adults who were planning to grade on Sunday contact Sensei Cole directly by 7pm on Friday 18 December so we can make alternative arrangements. We apologise for any inconvenience

Full December Grading Times

Details of training and grading times.
It’s the same times for all venues.
Arrive between 8.30am and 9.00am to do your paperwork at your chosen grading venue for a lesson 9.00am to 10.30am, Gradings start at 10.30am.
Black Brown Belt course and black belt grading at Reading the 13th December. Please make sure your students have registered for Black Belt grading.
Swindon 19th December.
All grades course and kyu grading at Swindon 19th December.
Reading 20th December.
All grades course and kyu grading at Reading 20th December.
Please check your students Licences are in date. If not try to renew on line before gradings.
Reading you must wear foot protection.
Swindon it is your choice if you want to wear foot protection.
No changing rooms are available at all centres you must arrive in your karate suits
Toilets are available at all centres.
We will be still following the sports centre and government guidelines.
Thank you for your continue support.

Swindon Grading 19 December

We are delighted to confirm that our Swindon Grading will take place on Saturday 19 December as planned at Grange Leisure & Community Centre, Grange Drive, Stratton St. Margaret, Swindon SN3 4JY


Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information.

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