Welcome to the University of Nottingham Karate Club!

2020 BUCS British University Champions

2019 BUCS British University Runners-up

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 grading syllabus reflects this, although we welcome karateka from all backgrounds and in reality, we form are "melting pot" of different styles.


Welcome 2019

You can find us at the Welcome Fair on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September at the David Ross Sports Village. 
You can also find out about all sport activities during Welcome Week at www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/welcome. 



We are hosting a taster session for anyone who’d like to try karate on Tuesday 1st October at 8-10 and Thursday 3rs October at 8-10 at the David Ross Sports Village in the dojo. Members of the club will be around to meet you when you arrive!

We will do a fun, open session followed by Dominoes then a trip to mooch.

This is free-of-charge and all are welcome –it doesn’t matter if you have never done karate before!




We hold several classes a week:
Tuesdays: 8pm-10pm  Dojo, David Ross Sports Village, University Park
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.

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. These sessions also provide for those who are interested in grading and groups cover grading syllabus. 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.

Whilst we take training very seriously, the club also has a vibrant social life lead by our fab social sec, 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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Club Development Co-ordinator
Lyn Winkworth
Engage Coach
Matthew James Dowling
Engage Coordinator
Jaspal Mehat
Gen Sec
Eve Watson
Kata Captain
Lauren Grace Fretwell
Dylan Robert Traves
Kumite Captain
Jaspal Mehat
Aaron O'Neil-Smith
Laura Alice Parkes
Publicity Officer
Caroline Mary Shaw
Social Secretary
Bradley Tai
Matthew James Dowling
Welfare Officer
Olivia Paige Walker