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University Session

Swansea Uni Karate Club:
On Saturday 6th of Feb, our Swansea University Club hosted our friends from the Cardiff University Club for a training session.
The session was hailed a great success by those who attended.




” We had such an amazing joint session with the Cardiff University Karate Club this past saturday, thanks for making the journey down guys!It was an honour to be given a session by international fighter Jordan Hopkins and some of his squad. So big thanks to all of them,the drills and expertise shared were invaluable and I’m confident have put in good stead for our upcoming competitions”

Association News

Hello everyone!
The WBK hope that everyone had a great festive break.
We are hopeful that 2022 will be a return to some sort of normality for the association where Gradings, Courses , competitions etc can be conducted in the usual fashion, although we are all aware that Covid is still with us and that restrictions seem to be changing on a weekly basis.


An up to date Covid Policy / Notice will be added when available. Please check with your Club Instructors and Club Social Media platforms for current venue rules.


KATA COURSE: Sunday 6th February:

Hello all
I will be running a Kata course on Sun 6th Feb at Neath Bushi-Kai (Ysgol Hendre, Bryncoch, SA10 7TY).
The course will be split into two parts:
1000 – 1200 Pinan Kata (open to all)
1200 – 1400 Advanced Kata (focussing on Dan grading syllabus Bassai, Seishan, Rohai and Bunkai).
The course is open to all, not just the Dan grade candidates, but I will have to ask people to book, or for club instructors to supply numbers so that I can safely plan the sessions. I’m aware that the Dan grading candidates will mostly attend the second session, but I would like to encourage everyone to also attend the Pinan course. It’s been a while since we have run a Kata course and I know we all have slight variations in our Pinan’s, so it would be great to get together to iron some of these out. Numbers will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The cost of the course is £10, for either the Pinan’s, Advanced session or both.
Licences and Dan grade cards will be signed upon completion of the course, either by myself or Jordan. 
Contactless card payments can be made on the day, or alternatively you can you can send payments directly via BACS (message me for details).
Include name and which session please.
Please forward this email to anyone I have left off the mailing list.
See you on the mat.

Mark Coleman
4th Dan Welsh Bushi-Kai Karate (Neath)

 CLUB CLOSURE: Llandeilo Karate Club.
Sensei Dave Powell has informed us that he has closed the Llandeilo Karate Club.
Dave will continue to train within the WBK Association, and has asked us to pass on his thanks for the support given to the Club over the years.

The Dan Grading is scheduled to take place on April 10th, with the Final assessment for the candidates to progress on to the Dan Grade Course taking place on Friday March 11th.
Further details of Venues and times will be announced in due course.

May 2021 Covid Relaxations.


In line with the latest relaxation of Covid Restrictions  which come into effect on 17th May, the WBK have amended their COVID POLICY.

The latest WBK COVID POLICY can be viewed/ Downloaded here ——> WBK COVID POLICY




New Licence Procedure / Licence Form

WBK Licence Application/Renewal Process 

Our new WBK Licence Application Form.:  DOWNLOAD
Please ensure you download the form. Our new form can be completed digitally; via a phone, tablet or computer. Each box should allow you to type in your information and tick the boxes of confirmation/choice. The signature section can be completed by using a ‘pen’ tool feature on your device or you can add an image of your signature (Adobe Acrobat tends to work best). Alternatively, you can complete the form by hand.
You will no longer be required to send your Licence Book via post when completing a renewal application. It will be each individual’s responsibility to insert their new licence slip into their Licence Book.

ALL completed forms are to be sent to our WBK Admin email –
Forms completed by hand can be scanned in and emailed or sent to the WBK Temporary Admin Address (address on the form).
You can also bring your completed forms and fees to me at our Cwmafan/Margam Dojos during training sessions.
1 Licence Fee = £30
2 Licence Fees = £25 each
3 or more Licence Fees = £20 each
(If a family has multiple expiry dates throughout the year, the discounted price will still apply. When completing each renewal, please ensure the correct discounted licence fee payment is made).
Additional charges – £2 for every month your licence is out of date.
Bank Transfer – once a submitted application has been received and the bank transfer box was been selected on the form. You will receive a secure email from the WBK Admin Email containing the WBK Bank Account Details, this email won’t have the options to forward, copy, print or download its content and will expire after a week. When completing a bank transfer, please include the applicant’s name as the payment reference.
Cash - please include the correct licence fee with your completed licence form.
Cheque - please include your cheque guarantee number on the back of the cheque.
 Please allow up to a fortnight for your licence application to be processed.
If anyone has any questions or issues, please Contact Jordan Hopkins.
Thank you once again for all your support and the WBK looks forward to seeing you all in the dojo again.


Admin Updates:

As of January 2021, Jordan Hopkins will be temporarily  taking on the duties of WELSH BUSHI-KAI ADMIN OFFICER.

Please note that the WBK has a new Admin email address which should be used as a point of contact for all enquiries.



Licence Form Update: WBK LICENCE FORM 2021.pdf

We have also updated the WBK Licence Application form. This form should be used for all Licence Applications or Renewals.
This Temporary Licence Form is to be used until our Online Application and Payment Process is available and online.
Please note that the Yearly Licence Fee has increased to £30. ( This increase is the first in over a decade ).

WBK Members are welcome to renew their Licence at the existing expiry date, but given the current circumstances of club closures
due to Covid-19, you are not obliged to renew until the resumption of training.

Updated Licence Form :   DOWNLOAD HERE





WBK Retirements

The Welsh Bushi-Kai will see two of its pillars retire from the Association and Karate at the end of this year, namely Nigel Taylor 6th Dan & Liz Noblett Admin.
Each of them has dedicated over 40 years of their lives to the Welsh Bushi Kai. The WBK cannot speak highly enough of them, and the respect and gratitude everyone within the association have for them is immeasurable. Their dedication, loyalty, passion has helped shape the Welsh Bushi-Kai to the Association it is today, and we will forever be in their debt.
We are sure that all current students, instructors, parents, former members and all WBK friends from across the world would like to echo their congratulations and share many fond memories.
Thank you and enjoy your well-deserved retirements, Nigel Taylor and Elizabeth Noblett.

Nigel Taylor
In Summary:  41 years dedication to the Welsh Bushi-Kai , 27 years as Cwmafan Bushi-Kai Club Instructor, 6th Dan Senior Instructor, WBK Kumite Coach, WBK Chairman, WBK Executive Committee Member, Former Welsh Karate National Coach, Welsh Karate International & Champion.
When Nigel began his Karate journey in 1979, few of us would have thought that he could have achieved so much within the art, but there can be no doubt that Nigel has been instrumental in the success and promotion of the WBK over the last four decades, as a competitor, coach, mentor & colleague.

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Noblett
In Summary: 44 years dedicated service to the Welsh Bushi-Kai, 3rd Kyu Brown Belt, Admin Officer, WBK Licensing Officer, WBK Secretary .
Liz has been working tirelessly behind the scenes right from the very beginning of the Welsh Bushi-Kai in 1980, and for the Afan Lido Karate Club for several years before that.
Much of the success of the WBK as an association can attributed to the sheer hard work that Liz has completed in her multi-faceted role as Admin, Secretary, Officer, Course and Tournament organiser, as well as Travel Agent & Councillor !!

Good Luck to both Nigel & Liz as they move on and enjoy their lives away from Karate and, again, we thank you for all you have done and for so many great times and memories.


Baglan Juniors Grading

On Friday 18th December, on what was the last training session of the year, and the last for the foreseeable future thanks to Covid Restrictions, the WBK were delighted to be able to conduct a grading at the Baglan Dojo for those Juniors eligible to try for Red Belt.
We would like to congratulate our wonderful juniors on successfully passing their first grading. Grade examiners were Anthony Bridge 4th Dan, Natalie Gallagher 2nd Dan & Darren Williams 2nd Dan.

Hopefully training will resume early in the first quarter of 2021 and we can begin preparations for our next gradings.


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Dec Dan Grading

As we all know 2020 has been a difficult year for us all and our karate has had nothing but disruption, from training to competitions and gradings.
To begin the year we were expecting to grade around 20 students across 1st, 2nd & 3rd Dan Grades. However, a global pandemic changed the agenda.
Some students were unable to train, many students isolating left, right and centre and a few students not quite ready (with no fault of their own).
A Dan Grading never seemed possible in these times but during a final club assessment, it seemed clear that a selection of students should be given the chance.

Recently those successful students went through an intense and gruelling Dan Grading at the Cwmafan Bushi-Kai Dojo. The Grading was conducted by Nigel Taylor 6th Dan, Jordan Hopkins 4th Dan, Gary Southall 4th Dan and David Roberts 3rd Dan.

We are proud to announce that all candidates were successful:
Cassie Davies – 1st Dan
Ella Pridham – 1st Dan
Halle Davies – 1st Dan
Kira Davies – 2nd Dan

Many congratulations girls, fantastic achievements and a wonderful way to end such a disappointing year.

To our new 1st Dans, now your karate journey really starts

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WBK Covid Policy V3

Please be advised that the WBK Covid-19 Policy is now at Version 3, to incorporate necessary changes required as we return to training after the “Fire Break” Lockdown:

The WBK Covid-19 Policy V3 can be Viewed/Downloaded from the Website Homepage and via the Link below:

WBK COVID-19 Policy V3

WBK Chairman, Jordan Hopkins will be updating our Clubs and Association Social Media platforms with additional information as we go through the week.

We would like to thank everyone for your continued support through these changing times and we look forward to seeing you all back in our Clubs.


Club Closures – Fire Break

Following on from the Welsh Government announcements today, the Welsh Bushi-Kai will be temporarily closing ALL clubs from 6pm Friday 23rd October.

Clubs will start to reopen again on Monday 9th November in relation to WG guidelines. Reopening dates and times for each club will be promoted in due course.

Apologies to be the bearer of bad news. The WBK is committed to following all WG guidelines and ensuring the safety of our members, instructors, families and friends are at the forefront in everything we do.

As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding during these unusual times. Any queries or questions you may have, please feel free to contact me directly.