What we’re all about
What is Karate?
Karate is a Japanese martial art, originating from the Japanese island of Okinawa. Just as the Japanese “Karate” (空手) means “empty hand”, karate practitioners focus mainly in unarmed combat using strikes with their hands, feet, knees and elbows. However, karate also includes a range of throwing, grappling, and locking techniques, making it a well-rounded martial art.
As our members are experienced in a variety of different karate schools, we practice a range of styles including shotokan and shito-ryu. If you want to continue training in a particular style of karate, or fancy trying something new, you have the chance to do so. In our club we train in basic techniques (kihon), forms (kata), sparring (kumite) and self-defense. Our comprehensive curriculum is tailored for all skill levels, so if you are a seasoned karate-ka, or a beginner to martial arts, you will definitely be able to follow along and improve!
Our club is all-inclusive, and we believe that a supportive and fun environment is key to learning karate (alongside a good commitment to regular training!).
The full year-long membership is £18 for new members, and only £15 for returning members. These fees allow us to cover the insurance and licence costs.
New members also have an option to purchase both a discounted gi (uniform) and the membership for a total of £26.
The standard prices for a training session are £3 per session for members and £5 for non-members.
There is also the possibility to pay for training sessions in bulk (available in our shop), allowing you to save money if you plan to train with us on a regular basis:
- £26 for 1 session per week over 1 semester
- £37 for 2 sessions per week over 1 semester
- £37 for 1 session per week over 2 semesters
- £56 for 2 sessions per week over 2 semesters (all the sessions during the academic year)
Moreover, if you simply want to try out one of our training sessions,your first 3 lessons are completely free!
Thursday 8:00 - 10:00 pm in Cromer Terrace
Sunday 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Studio 2 in the Edge
We also regularly train outside the term times and during holidays, so if you are interested please get in touch and we will provide you with an updated training schedule.
Competitions and Grading
We hold gradings roughly every 3 months, so if you are starting out as a beginner, you have the chance to earn a black belt in about 4 years! Gradings are decided depending on the skill and attitude of the students, but aren’t compulsory, so everybody is encouraged to progress at their own pace.
Throughout the year we regularly attend competitions across the country, consisting of kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Every year we also compete in the British University and Colleges Sport competition (BUCS for short), where we have consistently placed in the top three for either kata or kumite. Despite this, attending competitions is completely optional, and if you are unsure on whether to compete, we can point you towards more beginner-friendly competitions.
The easiest way to get involved in our club is coming to one of our training sessions. Some comfortable loose-fitting clothing and eagerness to learn something new is all you need to get started. Once you arrive speak to any of the black belts or the committee members so we can get you started.
Beginners and experienced karate-ka’s alike are welcome at any time throughout the year, so feel free to join us at any point.
- President - Lee Winning
1st Dan, Black Belt
- Secretary - Dario Luis Fernandez Ainaga
2nd Kyu, Brown and White Belt
- Treasurer - Jakub Poroslo
2nd Kyu, Brown and White Belt
4th Dan, Black Belt in Karate