2020 Dan Grade Courses


Friday 21st February in Baglan dojo 7pm Renraku Waza

Sunday 15th March at the Kyu gradings in Margam dojo 9.30am. Head and Kick blocks.

Thursday 23rd April in Neath dojo 6.30pm advanced Kata.

Sunday 17th May in Swansea university club (the old Pavilion opposite Singleton hospital), 12 noon. Pinan Kata

Thursday 18th June in Cwmavon dojo 7.30pm. Kihon Gumite.

Sunday 5th July at the Kyu gradings in Margam dojo. 9.30am. Oyho Gumite.

Wednesday 16th September in Margam dojo 7pm. Advanced Kata.

Friday 16th October in Baglan dojo 7pm. Mock grading.

Sunday 15th November at the Kyu grading in Margam dojo 9.30am. Final preparations.

The Dan grading will take place on Sunday 22nd November in Baglan dojo. 10am start.

All students are required to have their licence books and cards signed by the instructors on the night / day of the course.

2020 Dan Grade Candidates

The following students have been registered for the 2020 Dan Grade training program:

Junior 1st Dan:
Tom Herbert
Sandro Divetta
Shauna Holley
Megan Pascoe
Isabelle Jones
Cassie Davies
Ella Pridham
Ava Griffiths
Halle Davies
Caitlyn Chesterman

Senior 1st Dan:
Salaman Tamaddori
Anthony Aitchison
Mike Gage
Helen Banham

2nd Dan:
Mathew Howard
Rob Howard
Brian Davies
Mark O’Leary
Kira Davies
Holly Taylor
Isabelle O’Leary
Angharad Aitchison
Wayne Damoo

3rd Dan:
Helena Sykes

The Dan grading will take place on Sunday 22nd November.
All course dates will published when available

2020 Grading Dates

2020 Grading Dates:

Dan Grading:
Sunday 22nd November
Baglan dojo. 10am start
Will club instructors forward all candidates names to WBK Admin by the end of this week please. Course dates to follow.

Brown Belt:
Saturday 14th March
Saturday 19th September
Cwmavon dojo. 10am start

Kyu Gradings:
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 5th July
Sunday 15th November
We have a new venue for the Kyu gradings:
Ysgol Cwm Brombil
Bertha road
Port Talbot SA13 2AN

Alastair Edwards R.I.P

Sadly, just prior to the Xmas break, the WBK learnt of the sad passing of Alastair Edwards, who trained with us for many years during the 80’s & 90’s and who was a valued and well respected member of the Afan Lido Karate Club.
The WBK would like to offer our sincerest condolences to his family and friends on their sad loss. He will be remembered and missed by everyone.

Alastairs’ funeral service takes place on Monday 13th January at 12 noon, at Margam Crematorium.

Rest easy old friend.




Dan Grading

Congratulations to the following students on passing their Dan Grade examination yesterday.

Natalie Gallagher 2nd Dan
Francoise Robert 2nd Dan
Faye Phillips. 1st Dan
Commitment, dedication, determination and having the right attitude has paid off.
Well done.



Grading Info

From WBK Admin, Liz

“Dan grading resit.
This grading will take place next Monday 9th December in Baglan dojo. Doors open at 6.30pm and the grading will begin at 7pm.
If possible can candidates please let me have their licence books by this Friday otherwise I’ll have them at the grading.

The next Dan grading will take place on
Sunday 26th April 2020 in Baglan dojo. 10am start.
If all instructors can forward their student names to me by 14th December please.
Also if you require Dan grade packs please let me know.
The Dan grade courses will take place during January, February and March. Dates to be confirmed.”

Kyu Gradings


Congratulations to all students across the Welsh Bushi-Kai for successfully completing their course and passing their Kyu Gradings this morning! With a special mention to those who jumped their first grading, White Belt to Yellow Belt (8th Kyu).

Well Done to our Brown & Black Belt candidates who attended the senior grade course #welshbushikai

Baglan Training Time.

Baglan Karate Club:
Please note that the Monday training session will now be held 7pm – 8:30pm from 21st October.

Re-test Date Change

From WBK Admin: Date Change for Dan Grade Re-Test.

The date for the Dan Grade resit has changed & it will now take place on Monday 9th December in Baglan dojo at 7.00pm.
Doors open 6:30pm
There will be no charge for this grading.

Dan Grading.

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Dan Grading Report
Many congratulations to our students who successfully passed their Dan Gradings this morning. It has been a tough journey and today was the toughest part, Well Done!

For those students who were unsuccessful, be proud of what you have achieved so far and the journeys you have been on. Today wasn’t your day and unfortunately didn’t meet the mark during the examination. Failure isn’t the end of the road (I know from experience). Keep up your hard work and commitment. Please continue to respect and work alongside your instructors! A re-examination will be organised during December.

On behalf of the WBK Committee and Dan Grade Panel, thank you for the huge amount of spectators who attended the grading today. It was fantastic to see so much support for the candidates.

Jordan Hopkins
WBK Chairman