August Newsletter 2023


Saturday 26th August @ SESMA Studio Karate 8am All Grades Kickboxing 10am All Grades Please pay on the day.
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August News 2023

SESMA Wins 20 Medals at the WMAGC World Martial Arts Games in America

After a flat out two days of competition the event has come to a finish for the Sesma team and they definitely lived up to their expectations.

Coming away with the following results within the WMAGC organisation:






The team sesma showed great mental strength and professionalism throughout the competition and didn’t let any less than hoped for results get them down for a second.
Isabel after achieving third place in creative forms, told the rest of the team “I’m not losing again!”… And then went on to win gold in Japanese kata and the grand championships!

This is the type of grit and determination it takes to get to the top.

It is the WMAGC European games next year and already members of the A&B teams are getting through qualifying stages for a chance to be in team GB.

If you’ve never competed before then it’s never too late to start as there are plenty of qualifiers left… But it does require hard work and determination!

If you want to be in these guys shoes one day then please ask about competition training at your next class.

Many thanks go to Alan Cook Financial Services for sponsoring the team’s tracksuits, Sue & Wayne for sponsoring the travel shirts and to all that donated money towards their training and equipment for the WMAGC World Games.

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sesma students win gold at the world championships America

World Champion 18+ Men’s Traditional Kata
World Champion 18+ Men’s Creative Kata
Grand Champion 18+ Men’s Traditional Kata
Silver 18+ Men’s Grand Champion Creative Kata
Silver Team Creative Kata
4th Place Team  Synchronised Kata 

Silver Team Creative Kata
4th Place 18+ Female Traditional Kata
4th Place Team  Synchronised Kata 

World Champion 14-15yrs Female Traditional Kata
Grand Champion Under 18’s Traditional Kata
Silver 14-15yrs Female Korean Kata/Forms
Bronze 14-15yrs Female Kickboxing Points
Bronze 14-15yrs Female Karate Kumite/Sparring 
Bronze 14-15yrs Female Creative Kata
4th Place Team Synchronised Kata

World Champion 11-13yrs Female Traditional Kata
World Champion 11-13yrs Female Creative Kata
Bronze Grand Champion Traditional Kata
4th Place Team Creative Kata

Silver 11-13yrs Creative Kata
Silver Team Creative Kata
Bronze 11-13yrs Male Traditional Kata

Silver 11-13yrs Traditional Weapons Kata
Silver Team Creative Kata

And Another Great Achievement...

SESMA are also pleased to announce that 4 of their karate athletes, Chloe Miller, Rhys Carter, Isabel Swanborough & Nyah Spedding have all been hand selected to compete at the British Karate Federation BKF International tournament in just two months’ time.
Competing at the BKF are the first steps of being selected for the world’s highest Karate organisation the World Karate Federation WKF and possibly the Oympics.

While these 4 are starting a new chapter in their pro careers, the new wave of SESMA superstars are working hard with their eyes set on next season’s competitions.

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KATA Friday Class Times

4pm Yellow & Orange Belts
5pm Green & 2nd Green Belts
6pm Blue & 2nd Blue Belts
7pm Purple & Above

KATA Friday 4th August & 1st September

For Yellow Belts & Above

For students that are on the Advance /Elite packages (2 classes per week) there is the dedicated KATA class that concentrates solely on your grade and kata.

Each class has 2-3 instructors to help you get your kata its best, but you will still need to practice at home too.

We are extremely awesome instructors, but you still need to do some work yourself.

Yellow belts and above will need to perform the new kata for their next belt.

The katas are also available to view on the SESMA Members Portal.

If you have not yet registered to the Portal then please follow link: Members Portal

Norwich Grading 6th August

Norwich Karate Dates & Times:
Sunday 6th August

9am -11am Red, Yellow & Orange Belts,
11am-1pm Green, 2nd Green, Blue & 2nd Blue Belts
1pm-3pm Purple, Brown & 2nd Brown Belts

Norwich Kickboxing Times: 
Sunday 6th August

3pm White-Green Junior & Senior
5pm 2nd Green – 2nd Brown Junior & Senior

White to Red Belt Grading

The next White to Red belt grading is on Saturday 5th August at the SESMA Studio

Karate 10am     Kickboxing 12pm

Those that are ready, would have been given an Invitation to the grading and have had a phone call.

More details available here:


Booking for this event is now available, please click “BOOKING” Button below

You don’t need a canoe or paddle board as we can swap about whilst having a picnic.
Parents can enjoy a few bevvies too.

Sunday 20th August 12 noon

The Bush Pub
55 The Street, Costessey, Norwich NR8 5DD

Summer Extra Train & Grade

Summer Extra Train and Grade Tue 22nd Aug

Only for karate yellow, Orange, Green, 2nd Green, Blue Belts

For those who may not have been ready the previous grading and for those who want to get ahead, we are running a special training and grading day which allow people an extra grading. It involves a 4 hour training session, followed by a free grading.

The training session will be run by min of 2 instructors, and will cover all the things that are on the syllabus for the next grade.

This option is only available for a limited amount of students, so it is basically a first come first served situation. If you are interested in this, please put name & grade on an envelope with payment and pass to your Sensei.  The price is £75 per person 

Norwich SESMA Studio: Tuesday 22nd August 9-1pm Training  2pm Grading

Please bring a drink, snack & lunch as there will be breaks during the day to keep their energy and concentration up. No fizzy drink or sweets.

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Please note: that attending the 4 hours training does not guarantee that you will pass the grading.




Come and join us for a family day of activities and games.

 We will be doing Archery / Crate stacking / cross bows and water rockets for a bit of a laugh, then stop for a picnic and then have some family games in the afternoon, quick cricket, and rounders.

You will NEED TO BOOK by the 21st August so I can arrange help for the activities.

Meet at 11am on the 28 August at the 30th Norwich scout HQ in tusting close sprowston NR7 8TD.

More NERF WARS Dates

The Nerf Gun play starts with your battle kit being issued before top secret, very important safety briefing. Then it’s into the zone for fun filled Nerf gun battle action under the watchful eyes of your battlefield commanders!

All safety equipment, scenarios, guns and FUN provided.

ÂŁ10 per player.

Nerf Gun Parties at SESMA Martial Arts Studio Norwich

Black Belt Gradings

Karate Black Belts Grading will also be held at SESMA on Saturday August 5th 1pm

If you are wanting to grade for your Black Belt, you must see your instructor for a Permission To Grade Slip.

New Ladies Only Kickboxing Classes

New Ladies Kickboxing/Fitness/Self Defence class starting soon.

Today it was confirmed that Hannah Earley, who is a SESMA Kickboxing Black Belt, works as a fitness professional instructor for David Llyod and ATP Matt Phillpot.

The classes will incorporate the teaching of kickboxing, combination of different types of fitness (fat burn/strength/toning) and self defence.

Its going to be an awesome weekly class.

7 week course ÂŁ40

1st class starts Wednesday 6th September 10am at the SESMA Studio.

More details click here & to book a place

Wednesday Class Time Table CHANGES

Wednesday Little Dragon & Kickboxing Students

Time table change
We are looking to make some improvements to the Class Timetable which will mean moving the:
Wednesday 4pm Little Dragons Class to a Tuesday 4pm
Splitting the Junior Kickboxing in to 2 class times:
4pm Beginners, White, Red, Yellow, Orange & Green Belts
5pm 2nd Green Belt & above

This is due to a number of factors:

Large number of Junior Kickboxers in the 5pm class
Losing 2 Wednesday Instructors
Sensei Lottie having a baby
Sensei Rhys Selected for EKKA training  (Wednesdays in Colchester) for selection to compete in English Karate Federation EKF National Events

These changes will start from Tuesday 5th September
Any questions please email
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3 Pass Black Belt

What an awesome effort these 3 made at their Black Belt Kickboxing grading.
2 hours of non stop fitness, Kick & punching techniques, bag & padwork and sparring.

Lee & Liz awarded 1st Dan Black Belt and Jesse passed and awarded 2nd Dan Black Belt.

World Martial Art Games

As you know some of our SESMA family have been chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Martial Art Games in America.

And they fly off to Florida this week to compete in the World Martial Art Games representing Great Britain.

We wish them the greatest of luck and fingers crossed they become World Champions.


to Alan Cook Financial Services Ltd for sponsoring the Team GB Tracksuits

to Master Wayne & Sue for sponsoring the GB Travel Shirts

to all that donated money on the JustGiving page to help with their training costs

and to Sensei Will for all the hard work and dedication he has put in to coaching the team ready for the Worlds.

4 members of SESMA Norwich Karate & Kickboxing GB team Standing in line in their GB team tracksuits


A huge amazing awesome well done to Alice Fryer and Jake Cook for their school awards.

Alice awarded the Barden Shield of Citizenship


Jake Cook awarded School Ambassador for Learning Behaviours and Attitude.

All at SESMA are super proud of your both.


Special Offer for Parents

Parents have you ever thought of joining in with you children while they are learning their martial art?

I know some of you have and once taken the step of joining in have really enjoyed themselves, and have graded for their belts.

This is how Sensei Lynda & Maria started their martial art journey by training with their children.

There are not many sports or hobbies that can get you fit, confidence to protect yourself and enjoy with your children.
The excuse I hear a lot of the time is that “I’m too old to do that”, but you are never too old to enjoy time with your children.

I would like to encourage parents to support their children and train as a family by offering parents a free beginners 4 lesson trial and a reduced membership price of ÂŁ49.
This offer is available during the month of July and August.

You will move into the BBT class with your child and will be helped by one of the Elite Leadership students so that you will quickly feel at ease and pick up the techniques.

If you are interested please speak to Master Wayne or reception, alternatively you can phone Master Wayne or Sue on 01603 528689 or email

jake and alan

New Equipment on-line shop

We now have an online pro shop where you can order & purchase all your martial arts equipment.

As you know, you really need your own sparring pads when your achieve Red Belt.

SESMA have sparring pads in stock, if they dont have them, they can order them in for you.

Yes you may be able to buy from Amazon or Ebay for cheaper, but is the quality and standard meet competition & insurance requirements.

Plus SESMA are the same or cheaper than most martial art company brands like Blitz.

If you need Sparring or Training equipment, please support YOUR martial art school SESMA and not some business or someone you have no personal connection to.

If you need Sparring or Training equipment, please support YOUR martial art school SESMA and not some business or someone you have no personal connection to.

SESMA Studio closed August Bank Holiday Weekend 26th/27th/28th August

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