Thatcham Wado Karate Club
Thatcham Wado Karate Club

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Latest Updates

Club Reopening

We are pleased to announce that the club will be reopening once again from Friday 15th October 2021. 


We will be running every Friday once again, at the Thatcham Memorial Hall, from 7:30pm -9:00pm for all ages and grades. 1 hour is our standard training time, the additional half an hour will be optional for all those who wish to stay for additional training.


New beginners welcome. We offer a free trial session for all newcomers. 

For further information please contact us. And we look forward to seeing eveyone back in the Dojo once again.



COVID-19 Protection Policy

Our return to training comes with new policies and procedures we must follow in order to keep our members safe whilst they are training. 

Please see our full policy and guidelines here: EWKR Covid-19 Return to Training Guidance


Please note that as government guildelines change so too are our own policies so please keep checking for any further news and updates.


All halls that are used as dojos will also have their own set of policies that we as clubs must adhere to. Therefore this guidance may be subject to change depending on location.



Previous News

Club Closure

Once again due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that club has had to close.


It was wonderful to be back to training for two short months so it a great shame that we have needed to close once again. Due to the length of the current lockdown, and our usual closure for the Christmas break we have made the decision to remain closed, with the hopes to re-open in the new year.


Full details of our planned return will be updated closer to the time once we have them ready so please keep an eye out here and on our facebook page for any updates.


In the meantime we wish everyone to take care, stay safe and please have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.


Club Re-Opening

We are very pleased to annouce that the club will be opening again in our new location and at our new training time.


We have relocated to the Thatcham Memorial hall on the bath road, this hall should give us better space in order to maintain appropriate social distancing whilst we continue to train, we also have assurance of the hall being fully cleaned before and after each use.


Our new training day will now be Friday evenings, and to begin with we are running for one hour only. 19:30 - 20:30 for all members. We will be closely monitoring our numbers and will increase to our separate junior/adult classes once it is feasible to do so.


Our return to training will not be quite the same experience it was prior to COVID-19, so please familiarise yourselves with the return to training guidance, which can be found Here


We are looking forward to welcoming back all of our current members. Any new members interested in starting karate please contact us so that we can arrange a trial session.


Club Closure Update

As everyone is aware the club has been closed for several months due to COVID-19. We unfortunately have no confirmed date when we may be able to open again at our current location. We are therefore looking to move the club to a new hall so that we can open again. 


We do not have a definite location or move date as of yet, but we will be sure to update you all as soon as we do. Keeping our fingers crossed for a September 2020 opening.


In the meantime, Aldershot and Farborough clubs have both opened again. Running for one hour only throughout August, contact Sensei Barry Wilkinson to confirm a place if you would like to train. Or for further information please visit the club Facebook Page or the EWKR group.


Hope everyone is keeping safe and well, we hope to see everyone again soon back in (a new) dojo.



Half Term Week

Half term coincides with Halloween and as usual there will be no tricks but there will indeed be treats to be found in the dojo on Monday 28th October for all who come along and train well. See you all there.


Summer Training Session and BBQ

A date for your diaries

Sunday August 25th
Upper Bucklebury Memorial Hall, Broad Lane, Bucklebury, RG7 6QJ (Just outside of Thatcham)
10:00 - 12:30 training 12:30pm -14:00pm BBQ
£10 training fee.
All are welcome, please come along.



Up coming date for everyone's diaries. Senior grade course and Kata course coming up in February.


A great opportunity for senior grades to work through all of their syllabus and for all grades to get to grips with their Kata, particularly for those planning to grade at the March Course.


EWKR Winter Course

The winter course was another well attended weekend, with many members from the Thatcham club attending and attempting gradings. Congratulations to them all.



EWKR Spring Course

The spring course was well atteneded by members from the Thatcham club, many attending for extra training opportunities. We also had four successful grading candidates who all moved on to the next stage in their Karate journey.


Congratulations to you all, now the hard work starts over again.



Winter Course Attendance

There was a great turnout from both the Thatcham and Reading clubs at the Winter course this year. It was fantastic to see so many of you there. Huge congratulations to all those of you that graded, you all worked very hard and we are all very proud of you.




Winter Training Course 2017

Our next training course and grading opportunity will be held over the first weekend in December 2017 - Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd. This will be held at the Alderwood Leisure Centre (formally known as Connaught Leisure Centre), Tongham Road, Aldershot, RG12 4AA.


Remember if you wish to grade at this course you must attend both days of training, have 24 training stamps (except for beginners), and remember to bring your stamp book, license, lunch and drinks with you.


Training is from 9:30 am until 2pm with a lunch break in between. Try to arrive early enough so you can book in and get changed as training will begin at 9:30.


Full details and booking form can be found on the orange newsletter. And can everyone please check their licences are up to date.



Autumn Training Course 2017

The next training course is on the 16th and 17th September, this time held in Lyme Regis. This is only a couple of weeks away so if you are thinking of grading please be sure to keep up with your training as much as possible over the next weeks to prepare.


For booking forms and other details see your club sensei for the green newsletter, and be sure to book in advance if you require accommodation for duration of the weekend course.


Grading Opportunity

There will be a club grading opportunity on 22nd of July at the Crowthorne Club, Edgebarrow Sports Centre. Please see the association news page for full details: Here


Training in the Hot Weather

With the weather warming up it is important to take care to remain hydrated when training so please bring extra water with you to training sessions when the weather is hot. We are advantageous that the dojo is air-conditioned so training during the summer months need not meet any disruptions.



Summer Closure

An important note for all, the club will be closed for the Month of August. The last training session before the summer break will be 24th July (times as normal) and we will open again on 4th September.


Other clubs within the association will remain open over the summer, so please do try to get out and train at other clubs when you can to keep your karate sharp. Check out news from the association for details.




Summer Course 2017

The summer course was well attended by members from the Thatcham club for a wonderful weekend jam packed with training. Everybody worked hard, and we congratulate those who passed their gradings.


Keep an eye out for details of the next upcoming course this September.


Thatcham Wado Karate Club

Thatcham Memorial Hall

Bath Road



RG18 3AG


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Call us on: 07958717964


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