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  • May 28 / 2017
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UPDATE: Funeral of Shihan Cummins

Funeral update:
12/06/17, 11am
Our lady and St Rose of Lima
Gregory Avenue
Weoley Castle
B29 5EA

Those wishing to take part in the guard of honour please be there from 10.15 – 10.30 at latest to practice, wearing your gi and smart appropriate foot wear. Please can you find parking spaces on the roads adjacent to church as it’s a small car park and is needed for family members thankyou.

Anyone who can make it to Longbridge on a Wednesday or Saturday for training, we will also be running through the guard of honour etiquette .

This is shihans last dojo please make it one to remember. If you’re an instructor I would appreciate knowing how many students will be coming to form the guard of honour, there will be students there who will have been able to practice who will guide those who haven’t, please be guided by them, Osu.

All are welcome to attend the service but after the service there will be a private interment for family and invited guests.


Sensei Sue Hession

  • May 23 / 2017
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Details for the Funeral of Shihan Cyril Cummins

We are now able to announce the details for the funeral of Shihan Cyril Cummins. As per Shihan Cummins’ wishes the family have requested that all karateka attending the funeral wear their gi and obi (karate suit and belt) to the ceremony.

The funeral will take place at the following location on Monday 12th June 2017 at 11am:

Our Lady and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Gregory Avenue
Weoley Castle
B29 5EA
See the location on google maps here:

  • May 12 / 2017
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R.I.P. Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan

Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan 1938 - 2017

Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan 1938 – 2017


It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan, Chief Instructor and founder of Birmingham and Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club has passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Shihan Cummins was a pioneer of karate in the West Midlands originally starting training in 1964 initially gaining his shodan in 1966 with the Budo of Great Britain. After training with sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa he later retook his shodan with the KUGB / JKA in 1968. He continued to grade with the top Japanese sensei within the JKA receiving his 6th Dan from Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda. Shihan Cummins remained with the KUGB / JKA for many years as a senior instructor, grading examiner and national referee. During this time he was a constant fixture at Sensei Enoeda’s Crystal Palace training courses, training on every one of Sensei Enoeda’s courses from 1967 until Sensei Enoeda’s death. He was also a regular instructor in Sweden for the Spring Course for almost two decades. He appeared on the covers of Combat, Traditional Karate and Shotokan Magazine being inducted into the “Combat” and “Martial Arts Illustrated” Halls of Fame as well as appearing many times in the press and media.

Shihan Cummins was known as the Trainer of Champions, training many champions over his over 50 years of training including National, European and World Champions including renowned competitors such as Sensei Ronnie Canning and Sensei Ronnie Christopher. Many of his students have also gone on to become instructors in their own right continuing his legacy in karate.

After leaving the KUGB, Shihan Cummins continued to teach his brand of fierce, no nonsense traditional Shotokan karate for which he was famed at BHSKC introducing and inspiring new generations of students in Shotokan karate as well as the bo, sai, tonfa and other weapons.

He celebrated his 50th year of karate training in 2014 having previously being awarded his 8th Dan in 2013 by NAKMAS. As a sign of respect and acknowledgement of his great contribution to karate upon receiving his new rank, his senior students decided to use the honorific title of “Shihan” when addressing Sensei Cummins in class at BHSKC.  Shihan Cummins agreed to this but was never a stickler for ceremony and was happy for his students to address him as both “Shihan” and “Sensei”.

After receiving his terminal diagnosis Shihan Cummins continued to teach and pass on his vast wealth of experience and knowledge taking his last class at the long standing BHSKC Halesowen dojo where he taught Gankaku with bunkai a few weeks before his death, taking questions from students and demonstrating as he always had. Throughout this period he continued to inspire and embody his motto of “Never give up. Never give in.”

The BHSKC Team would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and present and former students he will be sorely missed.

  • Sep 16 / 2015
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Gradings, Uncategorized

Training & Gradings this Saturday

This Saturday, 19th September 2015 will be kyu and dan gradings at Bartley Green Leisure Centre. These will be preceded by a training course for one hour with Shihan Cummins. The training will start at 11am with doors opening at 10.45am. If you are grading please remember to bring your license and grading fee. The grading fee is £30 for kyu grades which includes training, grading a new belt and registration with NAKMAS.

If you are training please arrive promptly to be ready for the start. The training is open to all grades wether grading or not.

Good luck to all those who are grading and we look forward to seeing everyone there for the training.

The normal kata course will not be taking place this week due to the grading, sorry if this causes any inconvenience.






  • Mar 23 / 2015
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Well done on your gradings!

The March gradings took place at the Bartley Green dojo on Saturday 21st March 2015. Well done to everyone who took their grading, Shihan Cummins was very pleased with the high standard on display.

Gradings 21/03/2015

Special Congratulations to Sophie Stoll, Holly Millingson and Jack Todd all of whom passed their shodan (1st dan) black belt grading.

Sophie Stoll, Holly Millingson and Jack Todd