On Sunday 5th March Shihan Chris Thompson was presented with his 9th Dan by Neville Smith on behalf of the association.

Congratulations Sensei from us all within your Washinkai family on such a fabulous achievement.

Below are Neville's words;

'As you are aware this is the BTKA's 40th Anniversary and this has come to fruition due to our Founder and Chief instructor Sensei Chris Thompson.

Forty years ago he was like a Captain James T Kirk who famously said from the USS Star ship Enterprise "TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" well Sensei, boldly did what no other Karate-Ka had done before.

He had a dream and a vision and he put his heart and soul into teaching and promoting Karate to all who wanted to learn to reach this goal.

Since that day he has worked long and hard to develop and grow the Association to the high standard it is today, he is well respected by other senior Karate-Ka from all over regardless of style or association. His skills and his knowledge are second to none and recognised by all within the Karate world.

The good name that the BTKA/Washinkia holds speaks for its self.

He has written books and made training Videos to pass on that knowledge and understanding to all who care to. He has spent many years working for the governing body assisting in ensuring that Karate retains it's good name and that the true spirit of Karate-do is followed and adhered to.

So it is with great honour and pride that I today have the privilege on behalf of all the senior instructors and all members of the association by presenting sensei Chris Thompson with his Kudan - 9th Dan degree black belt certificate.

I would like to thank Alison for her assistance in making today possible by the Black Ops she has conducted in obtaining the certificate from the closely guarded stash that Sensei has.'

Neville then handed proceedings over to Mike O'Brien who was there representing the English Karate Federation and presented Shihan Thompson with an EKF 9th Dan certificate.

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The 2017 Summer Gasshuku was held at Milton Abbey School in Dorset from the 17th to 20th July.

On Sunday 14th May the Washinkai Cup & Trophy was held at Millfield School in Somerset.

The 2017 Spring Yudansha course was held on Sunday 7th May with Shihan Chris Thompson (9th Dan) in Havant.

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On Sunday 5th March Washinkai Karate held its 40th Anniversary National Championships.

The 2017 Winter Gasshuku off to a great start on Friday 3rd February, students were working hard and the dojo very quickly became sweaty.

Roisin Martin, Ernie Irvine and Raymond Leonard passed their 1st Dan Black belt and Dermot Finlay passed his 2nd Dan black belt.

On Sunday 27th November we held our Autumn Championships, which was hosted by Millfield School. The first time they had ever hosted a Karate Competition.

The 2016 Autumn Gasshuku was held from the 4th to 6th November 2016 at The Honbu, Wincanton, Somerset.

The 2016/17 season kicked off very early with a Yudansha Course on September 11th 2016.

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