Welcome to the combined home for Birmingham & Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club and Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club. Originally born from Shihan Cyril Cummins’ BHSKC Weoley Castle Dojo, Weoley Castle Shotokan initially grew under the guidance of one of Shihan Cummins’ senior students, Sensei Susan Hession under his BHSKC umbrella before becoming fully independent with Sensei Hession as it’s Chief Instructor in the last year. Students of both clubs have for many years trained and graded together as part of the overall BHSKC family and this continues today. With the passing of Shihan Cummins Sensei Hession has assumed the mantle of Chief Instructor for both BHSKC and WCSKC and whilst both clubs still exist as distinct entities continuing the long tradition established with Shihan Cummins with BHSKC as one of the longest running Shotokan karate clubs in the Midlands and the success had since it’s foundation of WCSKC both clubs have come together under one roof both symbolically with the shared Chief Instructor and physically with the Longbridge Dojo housing both clubs. To symbolise this coming together under one Chief Instructor and to provide a single web site for all club information going forward we are in the process of combining some aspects of the web sites. However all the memories, posts and information from the original BHSKC site will remain available as a legacy site in remembrance of Shihan Cummins these can be found at the new address of legacy.birminghamshotokan.com
To bring in this new era the badges for both clubs have been redesigned and combined to symbolise the coming together of the two clubs and form a single badge for the combined BHSKC & WCSKC.
Some photos taken during yesterday’s training session. Beginners during a warm up led by sempai Blake Bartlam and a group photo of kyu and dan grades. Click on the photo to get to the album.
On the 4th of March 2017, Sensei Susan Hession successfully completed her 4th Dan (Yondan) grading under Shihan Cummins, 8th Dan. Congratulations on this amazing achievement!
Congratulations to all students who graded in December 2016!
Special congratulations to Zach and Lewis, who have trained extremely hard over the past years and have passed their 1st Dan black belt.
Yesterday, the September grading took place at Bartley Green dojo. Special congratulations to Wayne Perkin and Melissa Daly on passing their 2nd Dan and Len Jones on passing his 1st Dan. All your hard work has paid off! Click on the photo below to see all the photos.
On Wednesday, 14th September 2016, Sensei Hession held kyu gradings at the recently opened Longbridge dojo. Congratulations to everyone who graded. The standard was very high and Sensei Hession was pleased with those who graded. Well done everybody.
This is just to let you know that the dojo will be open this bank holiday Monday, 29th August 2016.
Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club is opening a new dojo at Longbridge Methodist Church, Bristol Road South, Birmingham B45 9TY, United Kingdom.
Training will take place every Wednesday 5.45-7pm.
Come along for a free trial session! All ages are welcome.
For more infos please contact Sensei Hession on 07976905472, firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook.
Are you a girl or a woman and wondering if taking up karate is the right thing for you?
The answer is probably “Yes”. Karate has so many benefits; the most obvious one is probably self-defence. Let us hope that you are lucky enough and never find yourself in a situation where you are threatened or being attacked, but the mere fact that you know how to react IF this were to happen is reassuring and gives you an advantage.
The training at Weoley Castle Shotokan Karate Club teaches you traditional Shotokan karate techniques and also shows you how to apply self-defence techniques in real life situations.
Among the other pros of karate training are a number of health benefits, such as improved fitness, stamina, coordination and posture. Girls as young as 5 years old can benefit from karate training. It gives them great self-confidence and they learn values such as discipline and respect towards others along the way.
And there is no upper age limit: no matter what your fitness levels are like, no matter if you have physical limitations, Sensei Hession will always adapt her teaching style so that it is just right for you and so that you can enjoy it.
And with a friendly lady instructor as well as loads of other girls and women training, you will find yourself amongst like-minded people and make a bunch of friends for life. I speak from experience!
So, if you’re still wondering if karate training is right for you or not, why not come to the dojo for a free trial session or just to have a chat with Sensei Hession?
The photos from yesterday’s training session can be found here (Click on the photo to open the slideshow and see all pictures):
And the videos are here:
Weoley Castle Youtube Channel