WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB
Term 3 Training sessions:
Tuesday: 19:30 – 21:30 – Combat room
Thursday: 19:00 – 21:00 – Multi-Purpose room
Saturday: 11:00 – 13:00 – Combat room (individual practice)
Please note: Saturday's session is not usually run by an instructor and when not in use for a session can be used for self-practice. Please stay up to date by following Warwick.karate on Instagram.
We now have sign-up sheets! scroll to the bottom and press sign up below the session you wish to go to. If you are new here, there is no need to sign-up just send us a message on Instagram for information!
What is karate?
Karate is a form of self-defense. The word Karate itself means ‘empty-hand’ symbolising that karate does not use real weapons, only parts of our body to block and attack. Karate has three core elements: Kihon (basic movements), Kata (performed set patterns of moves) and Kumite (sparring). Karate works the mind and body and teaches you invaluable self-defense skills. With time you will gain flexibility, strength and discipline.
Who will be teaching me?
Our club founder and senior instructor from the KUGB Sensei Frankie Heydari teach the bulk of sessions every week. He has practiced karate throughout his life and has a huge amount of expertise and knowledge. We are very lucky at this club to have such a senior instructor.
Some sessions (usually once a week) are taken by the senior blackbelt students at Warwick such as the president and other exec members. Each blackbelt brings varying specialities and knowledge on the three core elements that give sessions more variety.
I have done karate before!
Great! Whatever belt you have reached you may carry on training as at Warwick!
I have done a different style, can I still come?
Yes! All styles are welcome, and we have members from varying styles already.
I have never done karate before!
Come and try it out, your first session is free! Look out for beginner-specific classes too.
Are there competitions and gradings?
There are three main competitions each year for kata and Kumite events, KUGB, BUCS and Varsity. You do not have to compete, but we strongly encourage you to, they are great fun and make great goals to work towards alongside your studies.
Gradings typically happen once a term where members are examined on a series of kicks, punches and blocks and when successful are awarded new belts!
Are there socials?
Yes! We host socials regularly. These range from club meals to circling. We also host sober events!
What will it cost me?
To join any on-campus sports club you must purchase:
- Sports Federation Student Membership £32
- Club Pass Membership Fee (ON CAMPUS) £66
To join karate:
- £6 joining fee
- A small sessionly fee (TBC)
We hope to see you there! Remember your first session is free.
Any queries do not hesitate to ask.
Stay up to date by following our socials:
Instagram – Warwick.karate
Main contacts for 2022/23:
Molly Lambert – President
Beth Wilkinson – Welfare officer