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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.


Club information

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.

President Welcome

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.

Traditional on Zoom with Rob

Traditional (15) in City Sports Hall with Aidan

Power Fitness Endurance on Zoom with Rob

Traditional (6)in City Studio with the Committee

Kata on Zoom with Rob

Friday 18:00-19:00
Traditionalon Zoom with Rob

Saturday 16:15-18:15
Kata (6) in City Studio with the Committee

Sunday 10:00-11:00
Traditional on Zoom with Rob

Taster Sessions

Tasters will be the physical classes as above for the dates below:
Monday 5th October
Tuesday 6th October
Saturday 10th October

Full Training will commence Monday 12th October

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. Join our Facebook Group “NTU Karate 2020-21” for further information. Club Membership this year will be £55 and you can join on the NTU Sport App. Any sessions with Rob will be charged at £3 pay as you go.

Sports Kit

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.


President: Aidan Newbery 
Secretary: Sabine Ethelston
Treasurer: Sam Sliwinski
Social & Wellbeing Officer: Ewan Allwright
Social & Wellbeing Officer: Harry Bond 

Coach: Sensei Rob Manning

Join our Facebook Group “NTU Karate 2020-21” for further information.

Facebook Page – Nottingham Trent University Karate
Facebook Group – NTU Karate 2019-20
Twitter – @NTUKarate
Instagram – NTU_Karate
YouTube – NTUKarate

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418