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October bookings

October bookings are now open.

Bookings are here

Please book your place now if you want to train in October.

We have space for up to 7 children aged 12 and under on Thursdays (6pm to 7pm)

A single Family group training with up to 4 family members on Thursdays. (6pm to 7pm)

Adult class with up to 7 members and 2 instructors, split into a max group size of 6 including the instructor. Also on Thursday (7:15pm to 9pm) after the children’s and family session.

Fees are £6 per booking or £12 to book the family training room.

Payment by card only, on entry to the dojo. No up front booking fees.

Booming can be cancelled using the option in the booking confirmation email. If you have booked a place but cannot attend, please cancel your booking to free up that space for another member.


New covid rules

We have suspended booking for the children’s group age 13 to 17 and replaced it with a family group booking. A family group of 2 to 4 will be able to train in the first floor room.

As per the latest government guidance we have limited class sizes to a maximum of 5 students and 1 instructor from 14th Sept until we receive further guidance.


Childrens training to resume from 10th Sept

Following on from our adults only classes we will now offer children’s only classes on Thursday’s at the AB&D centre in Bacup from Sept 10th.

Classes will be split on age groups 7-12 years and 13-17 years. We will run both age groups concurrently from 6pm to 7pm with the larger group of 7-12 year students on the top floor, and the smaller group of 13-17 year students on the 1st floor. The maximum size of each age group will be 15, in accordance with government guidelines. The maximum training capacity will be 8 students on the top floor and 3 students on the 1st floor.

Students must wear training shoes or equivalent. For covid safety reasons we do not allow bare feet in the dojo. Students must maintain 2m social distancing guidelines in the dojo.

Classes MUST be booked online using our online booking system as we have limited spaces available. Classes will cost £6 per booking, payment will only be by card on entry to the dojo. We will no longer accept cash payments.

RSKC booking system

Please check your childs KUGB licence is up to date. It is a condition of entry that your child has a valid up to date licence. You can apply online to renew an expired license at New starters must complete a club membership form prior to booking and apply for a KUGB licence after their third class.

Parents are no longer allowed into the dojo, there is a limited waiting space nearby (4 persons), so you may prefer to wait in your vehicle.

Adults and children over 13 should wear a face covering when entering the building as per government guidelines. A one way system for entry and exit is operating in the building, please follow the signs. Hand sanitiser is available on entry to the building and the dojo entrance.






Training resumes at RSKC

Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club is delighted to announce the resumption of training starting 20th August.
Due to the continuing situation with Covid 19 and the impact it has had on the availability of training venues we are able to offer only limited training initially.
Following risk assessment by the Committee we can provide the following:
For the immediate future we will offer adults (18+) training at the AB&D Centre in Bacup. It is likely that this venue will become our Honbu dojo for the foreseeable future – (Shawforth Chapel Hall has not yet instituted COVID secure protection, and it seems unlikely that we will be able to return to Haslingden primary School even after they reopen in September, at least in the short to medium term.)
Training will be offered on the basis of both Government and KUGB guidelines. This is to afford protection to our students and instructors which is the Committees primary concern.
Initial classes are limited to 7 adults – this being the maximum permissible in the available space under the guidelines.
The initial classes will be on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm until 9.00pm. The class will last two hours.
 The first class will be on Thursday 20th August
All places will have to be booked in advance using the online booking system now available on the Club website
A strictly first come first served system will operate.
Failure to attend a pre-booked place will still incur the cost of the training session.
Cost of the training session will be £6.00 and payment must be made in the dojo using card -no cash payments will be accepted.
Normal family discounts or monthly payment discounts will not apply – each session must be paid for individually.
Face Masks must be worn entering and moving through the AB&D Centre to the dojo.
Hand sanitizing stations are available and must be used on entry.
Your temperature will be checked on entry to the dojo.
You must have a valid up to date license to train – this will be checked on entry.
Training footwear is mandatory for all training sessions – there will be no barefoot training.
YOU MUST NOT ATTEND TRAINING – follow Government guidelines for isolation and Test and Trace.
Your sensei will explain the specific controls for distancing and avoiding infection during the training session.
Modifications to training exercises to maintain student and instructor safety are necessary and should be expected.
 2 metre distancing will be required and will be enforced throughout the training sessions.
Within the constraints placed upon us we will provide the best training we can – the need for 100% effort, dedication and attitude from everybody attending training has not changed!
If the demand is there we will put on additional classes – again initially for adults, and hosted at the AB&D.
Children’s classes will require additional controls to segregate age groups-we are still assessing how best to achieve this. Further to this we have decided to wait to see what further controls may be required following schools reopening in September.
Our intention is to re-institute childrens training as soon as we can safely do so.
We look forward to welcoming all our students back to the dojo – these initial training sessions are hopefully the first steps which will lead us back to all members training and enjoying our art together.
If you have any questions about the recommencement of training please do not hesitate to contact any of the Senseis or committee members by phone, private message on Facebook or through the Club website.

Coronavirus training update

Coronavirus training update


In order to keep our members safe we have decided to suspend training this week. We will review the suspension on a weekly basis, but we expect this suspension to last several months until the summer.


If you pay by standing order please suspend payment for April onwards. We will sort out a partial refund for the March payment when we resume training.


We will keep you posted with training updates on both the web site and Facebook page. Stephen and Rick will post home training tips on Facebook so you can keep practicing at home.


I hope you get through this troubling time unscathed and can resume training in good spirit sometime in the summer.


On behalf of the instructors


Jeff Jones, Rick Payne, Stephen Warburton and Liam Stone

Special sunday training

Sunday 23th February 10am till 12pm will be a special Osae Wasa (joint lock) class with sensei Warburton instead of the normal training session. 

The course will cover:

demonstrate six unique locks

Standing and ground work variations

Kata application

Understanding anatomy and pressure points

Health and safety briefing


We welcome all grades and ages, but if you are unable to take part in this class due to injury we will do kata training with you.




Grading Feb 2020

Next grading is on FRIDAY 21st February at Haslingden Primary School. Training is in the normal gym. Doors are open at 6pm, please get there by 6:15pm.

Training with sensei Andy Sherry starts at 6:30pm. Grading to follow on after training at 8:00pm.

Pre-grade classes

Can all those planning to grade bring their license to the pre-grade classes on Tues/Wed/Thurs. I strongly advise that you attend at least two of the pre-grade classes this week. If you fail to attend at least one pre-grade class this week or are unable to present your up to date license you will be unable to grade this time. The grading fee will be £27 this time, this is for training and taking the grade and includes your new belt and kyu grade certificate. For those just taking part in the training its £6 per person, no concessions.


Christmas holiday

We will take our Christmas break until the new year after training on Thursday 19th December.

Tuesday 17th December will be a special fun training session of one hour followed by the Christmas draw and some party food.

1st session back in the new year will be Sunday 5th January 2020.

Happy Christmas to all members and we look forward to resuming your training in 2020

St Annes special session

We have been invited to attend a special session on Saturday 14th Sept at the St Anne’s on Sea Dojo with sensei Ian Garside 5th dan. If you can make it it should be a good one.  Ian will also be leading the special Bo classes on Sunday 15th Sept at our Haslingden dojo.

ICC 2019 Sunday 13th October

Rossendale Shotokan Karate Club’s 8th Interclub Competition is taking place on Sunday the 13th October at the Adrenaline Centre Haslingden, Lancashire and we are confident that this years event will be both our biggest and best one yet! The event has grown year on year which is a reflection of the support it has received from the clubs in the North West (and beyond!) and the quality and spirit of the competitors who attend.We look forward to welcoming you and your squad to Haslingden for what promises to be a great days competition for novices and experienced Karateka alike.

As always we will be seeking support for Referees, Judges and table officials, so if you or any of your club can help out on the day, your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

For any queries regarding the competition or individual events please contact Rick Payne at Please note there will be no team kumite events due to time constraints related to the hire of the venue.

Many thanks for your continuing support, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Very Best Regards
Rick Payne
RSKC Club Secretary