Handbridge Shotokan Karate Club (HSKC) was formally established by Sensei Geoff Wilding on the 4th May 1969 as a totally non-profit making club.

Fast forward 50 years, and the club is still active under the leadership of Chief Instructor Sensei Michael O’ Connor 7th Dan KUGB.

To celebrate this amazing achievement, a special training session has been arranged with Sensei O’ Connor. This will take place on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Queens Park High School from 11:15 to 12:45. In order to make this a very special occasion, we would like to invite students from all KUGB clubs (all grades) to participate in this special training session. Sensei O’ Connor is one of only four 7th Dans in the KUGB and his karate knowledge is extensive.

Following on from the training session, there will be a celebratory gathering at
Westminster Park Community Centre commencing at 5pm. All members and past members are welcome with family as are any other members of the KUGB

We would like to make this a very special event to acknowledge the dedication and
commitment to an outstanding karate instructor, without whom, many members of
HSKC would not be where they are today. Any KUGB member who would like to attend
the special training session and/or the celebratory gathering, please contact us via the contact form, email or on Facebook (Click here for Facebook training session event and here for the party event)

Let’s make this a day to remember.

Grading results April 2018

Well done to the following who successfully graded at Handbridge last night.

James Matthews (Nuffield Life Centre)
Mason Artell
Elliott Barnes
Jake Nieri
Sophia Sullivan
Niele PeraltaBezerra
Kevin Swanton
Victoria Kolodziejska
Pati Holowacz
Sarah Reynolds
Lydia Stent
Jessica Partington (Hutton)
Lowri Jones

Great training session and grading with Sensei Sherry followed by a full on senior class.

HSKC Westminster Park Grading Date 25th April 2019


Hanshi Sherry will arrive at 6pm teaching the grading class first – anyone can train in that class but it will be centered on the KYU grading syllabus.

The grading will start prompt at 7pm

Grading students MUST hand in their licence book and grading fee well before

Hanshi arrives the Dojo will be open from 5.35pm for this purpose.


Seniors should warm up on their own because as soon as the grading is complete the senior class will begin. Estimated at 7.20 to 7.30pm

The senior class will train till 8.30 which will be a solid hour of Dan Grade related Kata and Kumite (Bring your mitts)


Those training on the pre-grading First Class normal £4 child £5 Adult with family concessions. Kyu grades not grading are also very welcome to come along to train.

The grading fee – paid by us to Hanshi Sherry is £10 per student grading.

If you want a signed grading certificate they are £1 and can be purchased later.

I have negotiated a supplier for belts which are very cheap and a link will be sent  out by Dave Craggs.

Seniors training fee is £10 – but you are more than welcome to train in the first class for free if you pay the senior fee – You can rest and re-hydrate whilst the grading takes place.