Wincanton Karate Club formed with classes held at the Memorial Hall.
January 1992 and the current Chief Instructor for The Honbu, Paul Hacker, starts Karate. The club at this time had moved to a dance studio within the current Hopkins Developments office building on the Tythings.
Paul takes over as the instructor of the club, the club is now based at the Methodist Church Hall. Its a trying time for the club, numbers are low and only one session a week for training.
The club moves to King Arthur's School, training is still only once a week but numbers are growing.
Long time serving student, Jason Brown, becomes Paul's first Dan Grade. 20 years later Jason is still a member of the club.
After lots of negotiations, the club moves to the newly opened Wincanton Sports Centre. Classes are moved to Tuesdays and Thursdays, Saturday mornings were also subsequently introduced.
Paul decides, with the support of Shihan Thompson, to start teaching Karate full-time
By 2008 the club has grown significantly, there are now two sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Its time to turn the page and start the next chapter.
With the support of his senior students, Paul and the club embark on a project to create their own dojo, The Honbu. Work starts in April 2008, soft opening June 2008 and the official opening is September 2008. The club which is the headquarters of Washinkai Karate in the West of England now has many satellite clubs with a membership of over 200 students.
Senior Instructors Paul, Brett & Steve with the support of their black belts decide to leave the BTKA to form their own association, Nishikan Martial Arts.