Karate improves self-confidence, self-discipline, and coordination. Learn to protect yourself, make new friends and keep fit. Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) 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.
I am studying MSc Finance & Accounting and this year is my third year as President of NTU Karate. I am a 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and a current member of the Senior KUGB England Kumite Squad. I do Karate because I find that it is very rewarding both physically and mentally. It helps to develop many skills which are transferable into all aspects of life, such as commitment, independence and resilience. When I look back at my time at NTU, my experiences within NTU Karate will sit at the top of my most memorable moments. The club engages in a vast range of activities which include training, competitions, gradings and socials. My performance highlight was when I won bronze at our annual BUCS Championships in February 2020 where I qualified to compete at the European University Games in Serbia, which will take place in July 2021.
Whilst the achievements earned through competitions are fantastic, the real reward from being part of NTU Karate is the network of friends I have made through other club members. Our club is very inclusive and it is like a family. Everyone is friendly and everyone is welcome at NTU Karate, regardless of your background or skill level within the sport.
I hope to see you at one of our training sessions.
Sensei Rob Manning has been involved in the martial arts world for over 40 years. Rob is a 5th Dan in Shotokan karate. He is knowledgeable of other styles and if you come from another style there is no pressure to conform, but this also gives you a chance to try new things and to broaden your knowledge. Tuesdays and Saturdays will be ran by members of the NTU Karate Committee to help prepare individuals for gradings and competitions.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
We currently compete at British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Competition along with others throughout the year.
Each year we compete in the annual Karate BUCS Championships and have won several medals in recent years, the most notable being the Gold won by Rebecca Croly in the female individual kumite event in 2016.
Practice / meeting schedule
We train up to four times a week as seen below, if you join you can come to as little or as many of our sessions that you want to.
Monday: 5pm-6pm, Students’ Union Sports Hall, City Campus (Coach: Sensei Rob Manning) – Traditional Karate
Tuesday: 9-10:30pm, Students’ Union Studio, City Campus (Coach: President Aidan Newbery) – Sparring Practice
Wednesday: 5pm-6:30pm, Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Clifton Campus (Coach: Sensei Rob Manning) – Traditional Karate
Saturday: 4pm-6pm, Students’ Union Studio, City Campus (Coach: President Aidan Newbery) – Martial Arts Fitness
Clifton Taster Session: 11:00am-12:00pm, Thursday 26th September, City SU Sports Hall
City Taster Session: 5:30-6:30pm, Friday 27th September, Dance Studio, Lee Westwood Sports Centre
How to join
Find us at the Fresher’s Fair at both City and Clifton campuses. Come along to our trials and taster sessions during Welcome Week. The taster sessions 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.
Coach: Sensei Rob Manning