Minakami Bushido Karate Dojo News

Waiting for the finer details but seems we can’t restart yet. 12th April seems to be when gyms can be open but training alone or with household. Classes it seems will be at a later date.

When we have proper clarification we will update.

Hopefully some outdoor training may be possible soon.

Direct debits remain on hold at this time.


Training and payment update

As you are all aware this is an ongoing situation.

Unfortunately the full tier 4 lockdown for all our areas and venues came into force over Christmas, it meant we were too late to put the payments that were due out on the 1st January on hold. Those payments that have been taken are now being refunded by EFC. All payments for the 15th Jan are on hold.

All payments will then be on hold until such time as we can train again.

We are trying to manage the situation and payments as best as we can in an ever changing situation and sometimes at very short notice. Direct Debits take a few working days to be collected and processed that’s why it isn’t possible to always amend the collections in time.

Happy new year to you all, are you missing the 2021 punches ??

We will be training again as soon as we can.

Thanks for your ongoing support as a small business it’s really important to us 😄 we appreciate it.

Any further updates will be posted here And in our website.


Brian and Danni


Well we didn’t see that one coming
Final front kick to the …..
Thats it folks for 2020
Sorry to those they didn’t get to grade, we tried.
We will carry the grading forward to the New Year and do them as soon as we can

Merry Christmas 🎄

Thank you for all the support this year, it’s appreciated.


As one final quick swift Mae Geri to the …….s, we seem to have moved most of the classes into Tier 3. All we need is snow for the final blow to karate training for 2020.

However in true karate spirit we carry on. Classes will continue for the under 18’s and their gradings, please remember your red licence books. If you have applied but not yet received one it will be given on the day.

Anyone over 18 who wishes to grade can attend the lesson tonight at 7.30pm at Roundwood Park or 6.00pm at Letchworth, there is limited space available so its first come first served, please be sensible as we are trying to discourage large journeys you all know where you live and whats closest. Please text Brian if you wish to attend one of these lessons to grade 07737 034354.

All people that don’t grade will be graded ASAP when we can and tiers or details change.


Grading December 2020

We have made the decision that for the grading, due to circumstances, for this time only we will grade in class. Brian Owen, Gareth Armour, Oli Parkes and Sue Sutcliffe will be grading their own students at their own venues. Brown belt assessments will also be held in class.

We have taken this decision for safety which comes first and foremost. We feel it would be better to discourage unnecessary travel and to keep numbers at a more reasonable level. We also hope this will mean more students are able to attend as it will be in their normal lesson rather than everyone congregating and travelling to one venue.
If you are not grading you can attend those lessons to practice if you wish.

Due to the unprecedented times we feel this is the best solution and hope to keep everyone safe and maintain the usual Covid measures. Grading forms will be handed out next week. Please text to advise attendance and pay by BACS where possible. Bring your licence book and grading form on the day.

This grading will be slightly different. The grading will be based on the existing kata only and basics. No certificates will be issued to minimise paperwork and contact. The fees will be £15 per person including TIny Tigers. Unfortunately no spectators or photos will be allowed. Please can we ask you take any photos at home away from the hall when picking up to maintain Covid regulations.

Gradings will be held on each of the last lessons in December of this year.

Wednesday 16th
Thursday 17th
Friday 18th
Sunday 20th
Monday 21st
Tuesday 22nd.

With much regret we cannot do the sweetie run this year 😢 but hope to finish on a high with a Grading to mark the end of a very strange Karate year. Congratulations to you all for the continued attendance and hard work In difficult times and to all parents and carers who have supported us with the changes made.

Brian and Danni