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Get involved and get active with karate at NTU.

Join our Karate club

Karate improves self-confidence, self-discipline, and coordination. Learn to protect yourself, make new friends and keep fit. NTU’s Karate Club is a fairly young club but is already one of the most successful martial arts clubs. Our recent successes include Gold in male team kumite at the National Student Championships, various medals at BUCS, and winning Varsity against our local rivals at the University of Nottingham.


Our club consists of males and females from beginners up to national competitors from all styles of karate. We offer our members the opportunity to compete, grade, learn self-defence and improve general fitness.
We take part in a variety of competitions across the country throughout the academic year with this number growing year on year. Club members have the chance to compete in individual kata and kumite, as well as team kata and team kumite. Some of our major competitions include BUCS, Varsity and the KUGB Nationals.

We are affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB) which is the largest Shotokan association in the country with a history dating back over 50 years. Club members can grade with the KUGB if they would like to work towards achieving a black belt which can be done within 3-4 years from being a complete beginner.

There is no pressure for you to compete or grade and you are more than welcome to just come and enjoy training with us or just try something new.

We are always looking for new members so everyone is welcome, from beginners to national level and from all styles.

Training takes place on City (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and Clifton (Friday).

Our head coach is Sensei Aiden Newberry, Third Dan, who has many years of experience.

How to join

You can find us at the Fresher’s Fair at both City and Clifton campuses and attend our trials and taster sessions during Welcome Week which are free to attend and there are no obligations to sign up.

There are no obligations for you to buy or wear a traditional karate gi during our training sessions. A t-shirt with shorts/tracksuit bottoms will be acceptable however if you wish to wear your karate gi you may do so, and if you would like one they can be bought through the club.

For more information contact us.

Memberships purchased at any point during the academic year are only valid until the end of term 3.


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