Karate Club

Karate Club

Cardiff University is home to the oldest karate club in the UK, established in 1965. As the only university karate club we welcome students from any style - we currently have students from wado-ryu, shotokan, shito-ryu and more. The club itself is entirely student-led, from committee to training, which is currently led by Ben Lewis, 3rd dan.

Training will focus on four main aspects of the art – kihon (basic techniques), kata (forms), kumite (sparring) and practical self-defence. We'll be offering both casual training – basic moves and an introduction to karate – for the beginners, and more competitive training – kata, kihon and kumite - for those already graded. For anyone who wishes to grade we can organise this too!


We aim to have one social every two weeks, plus three non-alcoholic socials a term as stated by AU guidelines. Generally speaking these will be organised through Facebook so follow our page to keep updated.

Membership fee

The membership fee is used to invest in equipment for training. If you already have a licence purchased externally, or do not require one, please choose the standard membership. If you wish to take part in gradings or competitions and do not already have a licence, please choose the membership with licence option.

If you're not currently studying at Cardiff University, you can still join the club! Please download the AU Associate Membership form from our Documents tab, fill it in and hand it in to the AU - be aware that an associate membership to the AU costs more, but we will only charge you our flat membership fee on top of that.

If you have any questions, you can contact us by messaging our Facebook page (linked to the left) or by emailing us at Karate@cardiff.ac.uk. 


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