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22 October 2018 10:35 pm
Bristol Karate class with Sensei Jimmy Brennan
Bristol Karate class with Sensei Jimmy Brennan
We are pleased to host our fourth and final special seminar of the year with guest instructor, Sensei Jimmy Brennan!  Booking is NOW OPEN!

As a competitor, Sensei Jimmy Brennan (8th Dan) won the European Shotokan Championships as part of the all-conquering KUGB team. As a coach he has developed many of his students to the highest level. At our Super Saturday seminar last month, world and european Shotokan kata champion Sensei Hisham Saif credited him as one of his biggest influences.  

This latest seminar takes place at Nailsea School on Sunday 2nd December and will consist of two classes and a KUGB grading for those eligible.If you're not sure if you'll be eligible then check with an instructor at your next training session. 

This event is open to non-members. Running times are as follows: 
  • Venue opens: 11.30am
  • All-grade seminar: 12.00-1.30pm
  • Kyu grading: 1.30-2.30pm
  • Dan grade seminar: 3.00-4.30pm


Registration is now open. Please note that there will be limited availability for the all-grade seminar in order to make sure that there is enough space for all of those that will attend the grading.

Those wishing to grade will need to have completed the minimum number of sessions (26 since starting or since your last grading) and must also receive permission in order to be eligible.

To register for the grading you will need to bring your red KUGB licence book, complete with up-to-date KUGB licence slip affixed inside. Register by 21st November to pay early bird prices or by the deadline of 28th November.


Payment for the course may be made in person at one of our classes or by online transfer to the club’s account (please contact us for details). 

Training and grading prices for those eligible to grade...
  • Early bird price (booked by Wednesday 21st November): £20 for BKA members, £25 for non-members
  • Booked by Wednesday 28th November: £25 for both members and non-members
Please note that your booking will only be taken once you bring an up-to-date KUGB licence. No exceptions. Those grading must book by Wednesday 25th July. No late bookings will be allowed.

Early bird ‘seminar only’ prices (bookings received by Wednesday 21st November)
  • Single seminar: £10
  • Both seminars for those on a Gold or Platinum Membership (dan grades only): £15
  • Both seminars (dan grades only): £20‚Äč
Late seminar bookings/on the door (if space)
  • Single seminar: £15
  • Both seminars (dan grades only): £25
If you have any questions about how to book, or any other questions about the event, then please get in touch by emailing