Vale Karate’s 1st International Gasshuku

The first Vale Karate International Gasshuku will be held from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February, 2015 at Wantage Leisure Centre in Wantage, Oxfordshire.


This will be a weekend of karate and fun. The chance to see a different aspect of karate, and maybe learn from someone with a different view to your own. The weekend will be non political. There will be sessions on kata, kumite, kihon and bunkai. Just bring your gi and an open mind – and prepare to make new friends!

Guest instructors (please note that due to the quality of the instructors, this might change at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Also note that there is no guarantee a student will be able to train with all the instructors due to time constraints.)

  • Sensei Italo Castellaro from Italy (7th dan) – World Champion 1992, 2000, European Champion ’92, ’95, 5 Times Italian Champion ’88-’92
  • Sensei Stephanie Bogaert from Belgium – WSKA World Champion 1997, European Champion ’96, ’98, 4 Times Belgian Champion ’96-’99
  • Sensei John Parnell from England (5th dan) – WTKO World Champion 2002, 2003, UK champion 1986
  • Sensei Paul Mitchell from England (5th dan)
  • Sensei Peter Daenekynt from Belgium (4th dan) – member of the Belgian national squad
  • Sensei Andi Kidd from England (4th dan)
  • Sensei Dave Paine from England (4th dan)
  • Sensei Wim Vandeweghe from Belgium (2nd dan)

Eight hours of instruction from some of the best karateka in the world!


Friday 13th February: Training from 18:00 to 20:00.
Friday evening: local pub visit.
Saturday: Training from 13:00 to 16:00
16:00 to 16:30 – Demonstration by some of the Italian team
Saturday evening: Party
Sunday: Training from 09:00 to 12:00.

A document with full event details is available here: timetable

Price: £50 (€60) for training only (or £25 for one day, £40 for two days)
£100 (€120) for training and accommodation for the weekend

You must bring your valid, up to date karate licenses as there will be a license check before training.

Payment by cheque (payable to Vale Karate). Please ensure payment is made by the end of the year to secure your place. Accommodation will be on a first come, first served basis. Please use the contact form for address details.

Accommodation will be arranged at the Court Hill Centre just south of Wantage, though of course you are welcome to arrange your own accommodation too.