News flash

Training update

A message to our members.

Whilst the 12th April changes to the covid restrictions means we could possibly run a very limited children’s only class at Bacup, the committee has decided to wait until the DCMS has formally approved karate as a combat sport, so we can return to a more normalized training regime when we do reopen.

The DCMS is the government department that is responsible for sport and return to play guidance during the covid pandemic. Please refer to the government guidance at for the most up to date information.

Next review in March

We will review the training situation again in March once it has been announced that schools will return to full attendance.

New year training review

Do to current tier restrictions, we do not expect training to be able to resume in January.

As a guideline under the tier system we can only consider restarting children’s classes when the Rossendale area is back in tier 2.  For adult training to restart we will need to be back in tier 1.

We will review again in February, hopefully with better news.

For now, stay safe and make the best of the new year you can.



All training suspended

Following the government announcement regarding the nationwide lockdown starting on November 5th we will be suspending all remaining classes for children throughout this new lockdown period.

We will review the situation again in December to see if it is possible to resume any sort of training after Christmas.

November bookings added

Bookings  in November for the Children’s group 7-12 years have been added.

Children’s training is unaffected by the tier 3 lockdown restrictions.

We will continue with the Bacup class for this group whilst there is a demand for it.  We have been in touch with the Haslingden Primary School and we will review the possibility of training there again in the new year.

Adult training is suspended whilst our dojo is under tier 3 restrictions.

Covid tier 2 restrictions

IMPORTANT information

We have suspended the Adult and family group classes after reviewing the guidance for the tier 2 covid restrictions. We are waiting for the KUGB to issue their interpretation, but until then we have to suspend this Thursdays class for adults and the family group class.

Training for children is unaffected, so the children’s class is still on.

We will let you know as soon as we can when we have a update from the KUGB.

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.