Welcome to the University of Nottingham Karate club!
Whether you're an experienced competition fighter or have never set foot in a dojo before we have something to offer! The club teaches primarily Shotokan karate and our curriculum reflects this, however we welcome karateka from all backgrounds and in reality we form a "melting pot" of different practitioners.
We hold several classes a week:
Tuesdays: 8:30pm-10:30pm Dojo, David Ross Sports Village, University Park
Wednesday: 8pm-10pm Studio, Jubilee Sports Centre, Jubilee Campus
Thursday: 8pm-10pm Dojo, David Ross Sports Village, University Park
Saturday: 2pm-4pm Dojo, David Ross Sports Village, Univeristy Park
Sunday: 7:30pm-9:30pm Dojo, David Ross Sports Village, University Park
Each class focuses on a different areas:
Tuesdays focus on competition karate. Competition karate is split into two; Kata and Kumite. Kumite is the focus of Tuesdays session, this is the fighting side of competition karate and we are lucky enough to have a dedicated sensei to help with preparation for competitions and higher belt gradings.
Wednesdays focuses on fitness and self defence, starting with 30 minutes of circuit training before moving on to either self defence training or bag work. Self defence training generally takes two forms, traditional "goshin" techniques which demonstate the underlying principles of karate and are required for grading as well as more practical self defence techniques which do not require years of training to master! Unlike many karate clubs we also cover grappling and groundfighting as part of our curriculum. Bag work consists of employing the techniques learned in other classes to strike pads and punchbags, allowing us to practice full force.
Thursdays cover the more traditional ‘core’ of Karate with emphasis on basic drills and Kata, a series of preset moves against imaginary opponents. The applications of kata are also studied regularly and we believe this is an important part of our training.
Saturdays and Sundays are devoted to tournament training, and are run by our Captains. We welcome anyone who wants to compete, whether novice or experienced competitor and the club attends a variety of competitions throughout the year, culminating in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) tournament held in early spring. The club competes in both kata and kumite and wins medals in both consistantly. We also compete in Varsity against Nottingham Trent, on the newly introduced Super Wednesdays!
Whilst we take training very seriously, the club also has a vibrant social life lead by not one but two social secretaries, aside from regular planned nights out, meals and other get togethers, a spontaneous pub trip is never far away!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of our committee members. Look out for our stall at fresher's fair, we hope to see you training with us soon!
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