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Welcome to the University of Warwick Shotokan Karate Club
Karate is a form of self defence, literally meaning "empty hand" which symbolizes that its practitioners (Karateka) are unarmed but will use hands and feet for blocking and striking. Our sessions cover a whole range of Kihon (basics), Kumite (sparring), Kata (technical form) and self-defence. This martial art is especially for you if you wish to build on your mental and physical fitness, and increase your self confidence and awareness. You will gain flexibilty, strength and practice discipline.
Shotokan is one of several styles of karate, we welcome members from all styles and encourage individual practice of different Kata variations in the different styles but beginners will learn the Shotokan style.
The sessions are taken by club founder and senior instructor from the KUGB, Sensei Frankie Heydari. He has practiced karate throughout his life and has a huge amount of expertise and knowledge about karate, so we are very lucky at this club to have such a great instructor. (N.B. members do contribute towards for coaching costs, we will update you on how to pay.)
There are usually four training sessions per week and one grading per term where the members are examined on a series of kicks, punches and blocks of varying levels of difficulty and when successful are awarded new belts. Due to COVID-19, we have had to reduce our training frequency, our training timetable for Term 1 is below:
Please Follow our facebook page and read our email updates (if you have membership) for weekly updates on training schedules i.e. if Thursday or Saturday training will be taken by our coach/ exec or if it's just casual
Monday: 20:00-21:20 - Combat Room
Tuesday: 19:30-21:00 - Combat Room
Thursday: 12:00-14:50 - Combat Room (Individual Practice)
Saturday: 11:00-12:50 - Combat room (Individual Practice)
Our Individual practice sessions are great opportunities for experienced members to use for stretching/ Kata Practice etc. due to a lack of instructor/exec availability. Please check with the exec if you want to book an individual practice session and please still book via the Warwick Sport page! [Please still adhere to COVID-19 Training Guidelines]
Under normal circumstances there would be opportunities to compete in Kata and Kumite categories at KUGB, BUCS and Varsity events. Members do not have to enter competitions but are encouraged to as they can be fantasic opportunities to learn and something to work towards.
We host socials regularly, including: club meals, bowling, laser tag and events in collaboration with WUMATS (Warwick Uni Martial Arts and Target Sports)
After reading this page, why wouldn't you want to join?! Remember, ALL abilities are welcome and your first session is FREE. For more information please like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warwickshotokankarate
or message us directly.
See you in training,
The University of Warwick Shotokan Karate Club
Your club exec for 2020/21 are:
PRESIDENT & WELFARE OFFICER: Reuben Collins
MENS CAPTAIN: Dmitrijs Gnennijs
TREASURER: Ravikumaran Vengadesh
SOCIAL SEC: Harry Heather