Information and booking

The Birmingham Goju Ryu Karate Academy and the Solihull Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Club are delighted to be tasked with the organizing and hosting of the GKI Winter Gasshuku and hope you can all join us in Birmingham for a long weekend of celebration, training, and entertainment.
This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to reunite with friends, forge new relationships and learn from some of the best instructors Goju Ryu has to offer.
Training will be led by Sensei James 9th Dan, assisted by Sensei Len 8th Dan, Sensei Henrieheta 7th Dan, and Sensei Kevin 7th Dan.
Below you will find full details of what is on offer and how to book your place both on the training days and at the all important Sayonara event.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Birmingham in November.

Important deadline Information for those applying to grade at the Gasshuku.

It is important that those applying to grade at the Gasshuku must also complete the appropriate grading form, available from the GKI web site, and returned to: Lorraine Foster (Certifications Officer) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for the submission of these completed forms is the weekend of 28/29 October.
Further important deadline Information.

  • This web site will be available to take bookings up until 8pm on the evening of Friday November 3rd 2017.
    Students will still be able to book training and gradings on the day at the various Gasshuku locations. However, any booking not made via the web site will incur an additional £10 surcharge on the day.
  • 22nd October will be the last date for t-shirt orders.
  • 1st November will be the last date for menu orders for the Sayonara meal.

This year's winter Gasshuku is being held at two venues.

Dame Elizabeth Technical College
Woodbrooke Road
B30 1UL

Click here for directions and hotel suggestions.
Lickey Parish Hall (Trinity Centre)
411 Old Birmingham Road
B45 8ES
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Sensei James Rousseau
9th Dan
Sensei Len Sim
8th Dan
Sensei Henrieheta Sim
7th Dan
Sensei Kevin Nason
7th Dan

When: From Thursday 9th November until Sunday 12th November

Thursday 9th November Friday 10th November Saturday 11th November Sunday 12th November
Dame Elizabeth Technical College Lickey Parish Hall (Trinity Centre) Dame Elizabeth Technical College Dame Elizabeth Technical College
5pm-5.30pm - registration
5.30pm - 7.30pm - training, all grades
9.00am - 10.00am registration
10.00am - 12.00pm training, all grades
10.00am - 11.00am black belt training
12.00pm -1.00pm lunch (free to all Gasshuku participants)
1.00pm - 3.00pm training, all grades
8.30 am - 9.00am registration
9.00am - 1.00pm team photo & training, all grades
9.00am - 10.00am black belt training
11am - 12 noon children's guest class
1.00pm - 1.45pm lunch (free to Gasshuku participants)
2.00pm - 3.30pm grading
10.00am - 12.00pm training, all grades in ground-work,
with guest instructor, Clive Fellows; a certified instructor with the British Combat Association.
6pm - late Visit to
Birmingham city centre
2pm – 5pm. Visit to Cadbury World.
6:30pm – late. Sayonara, A sit down meal with bar & disco entertainment.
Dress code is fancy dress of your choice.
In addition, each club/country will be required to perform a song, sometime during the evening.

How to book your place at
the 2017 Winter Gasshuku

Clicking below will take you to the booking system where you will be able to place orders for either;

Don't forget to order your official fabulous
2017 Winter Gasshuku t-shirt

Available in a all sizes and with a special Goju Ryu design, why not order one at the same time as you book your training place.

Sayonara and social events

There will be the traditional Sayonara final event as well as other social events

Click here for more details
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