Congratulations to Mike Beasley, 5th Dan, who gained another qualification on Sunday 27th May at the British Karate Federation (BKF) Championships held in Leicester.

Mike, who is the Chief Referee for the BTKA, now holds the following qualifications, which is the highest ranking he can achieve:

EKF Kata Judge A

EKF Referee Class A

BKF Kata Judge A

BKF Referee Class A

Mike started karate with Shihan Chris Thompson in 1985 and runs the SMCA Club in Mitcham.  He travelled with the Washinkai organisation to train in Japan in 1988 and has built up a large successful club of competitors.


On Thursday 17th May 2018, the Spring Gasshuku in Javea, Costa Blanca, commenced at the Institute of Sport. Mike O’Brien, former Treasure of the EKF, was a guest, along with Andrew Newman, 5th Dan, a Washinkai member from England. The training session was vigorous and whilst this was taking place, Sensei Geovanny Sanchez Salazar, 4th Dan, the main instructor of the Washinkai Javea Club, was busy assisting students who were competing at the Championships on the following Saturday.

On Friday 18th May, two sessions were held, one early in the day and the second in the evening. At the end of the evening session Dan Gradings took place and two candidates going for Nidan were successful: Alistair Morton and Karen Cobo.  Over the last several years, Geovanny has organised competitions with various towns in the Valencia region, with karate clubs of various styles. His whole approach is about hospitality and communication and he has been very successful in holding these competitions, each town taking its turn to host. The Competition organised for the 20th May was called the Peter Ford Memorial Trophy in memory of Peter Ford who had retired to Javea and taken up karate with Sensei Geovanny Sanchez Salazar. He was tragically killed after a road traffic accident. Peter loved his karate and trained on a daily basis with Sensei Geovanny Sanchez Salazar.  A large trophy was designed for his memory and the overall winner of the competition would have their name engraved on it and retain a replica.  At the end of the competition, a Washinkai student, Lukas Muniz, 2nd Dan, was the overall winner. The trophy was presented to Peter Ford’s wife, Annie, along with a posthumous Shodan (1st Dan) Certificate in Peter’s name.

Huge thanks must go to the following for their tireless support and effort: Sensei Geovanny Sanchez Salazar, Sensei Sarah Lakin, Alistair Morton, Elliot Morton and Heather Morton.

A fabulous dinner was held on the last evening at La Masena, a five star restaurant, where the first class chef is also a Washinkai Dan Grade.  Altogether it was a superb weekend, culminating with the championships and as usual, everyone who travels from the UK, wanted to know the date for next year’s course.

Alison Thompson

Washinkai Karate Gasshuku 2018

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April saw Washinkai Karate Ireland (W.K.I.) host its annual Gasshuku (special training event) at the Bawnacre Centre in Irvinestown, Northern Ireland.

Hosted by the Principal of W.K.I., Sensei Dave Martin (6th Dan), and Senior Instructor, Sensei Michele Martin (6th Dan), the training event was facilitated by the Founder of Washinkai, Sensei Chris Thompson (9th Dan).

The event opened with an opportunity for junior karate-ka from the Irvinestown, Enniskillen and Omagh associated clubs, to train with Sensei Thompson. It was then the turn of the senior members to be put through their paces as Kihon and Kata from the Washinkai syllabus was explored in depth.

The evening closed with a senior Dan grading that saw Sensei Brendan O’Neill, Instructor with the Club based at the Hospital Road Community Centre in Omagh, being awarded 4th Dan.

Training for senior karate-ka resumed the following morning, as students looked at further Kihon, Kata and Kumite. The Gasshuku concluded with further Dan (black belt) gradings as Keith McBarron, Oran McCaffrey, Chloe Holden, Ruairi Martin and siblings Megan and Rory Burns, were awarded 1st Dan, and Joseph Gormley and Liam Martin achieving 2nd Dan. A busy two days of training culminated with Sensei Michele Martin being awarded 6th Dan.

Washinkai Karate was formed by Sensei Thompson in 1977. The style is derived from Wado-ryu Karate and recognised by the World Karate Federation (WKF). Training is based upon traditional Japanese/Okinawan karate styles of Wado-Ryu, Shotokan, Goju-Ryu and Shito-Ryu.

You can find Washinkai Karate Ireland in Irvinestown on Tuesday evenings, at the Enniskillen Forum on Wednesday evenings and in Omagh on Thursday evenings. Please contact Sensei Dave Martin on 07955428012 or email

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