Announcement: Freshers Trip to be held 6 - 8 Oct 2023.
Promoting our Karate community since 1977
Celebrating over four illustrious decades of promoting Karate in Ireland, we have consistently been one of the most influential college martial arts club in the country. Through the years UCD Karate Club have obtained numerous medals, awards, accolades and produced world-class karatekas. Enjoy the support of seasoned members, including our brilliant instructors who have all started off by being a junior member of this very club.
Our club is our family
College can be tough and we are here to make the experience better. Our club members frequently find life-long friendship. On and off the mats, there are always some activity going on, whether it’s a few drinks in the Clubhouse, a karaoke night, a hike, bowling and pool night, BBQ session or a trip overseas. And through the club, some have found more than friendship and found a family.
Our members consist of
Majority of our members joining our club for the first time are beginners. We split the class dedicated for new members so nobody will be left behind.
For members who have had previous karate or martial arts training, we conduct regular grading sessions 3 times/year and train you to impress.
We train by Shotokan syllabus but you don’t have to change style. Our instructors are knowledgeable in various styles and will be able to guide you.
Seasoned black belts
Notable for our competitive successes, we develop exciting training programs and teams for Dan-grades, including overseas travel to European competitions.
UCD Alumni and Staff
If you have graduated previously from UCD, or currently working in UCD, you can join our trainings! The fee for the year is €100 and you can join in any sessions, as many times as you want.
Our training is available to all UCD students for free. We collect €20 annual registration fee which avails members with UCD Sports insurance plan as well as JKA Shotokan Ireland membership.
If you are not a student, alumni or UCD staff, we have multiple sister dojos under JKA throughout the city in YMCA at Aungier Street, Castleknock, DCU and Maynooth University.
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Want to Join?
Feel free to join any of our training for free to get started and make up your mind whether this is for you. On your first class, we can have someone experienced shadowing you, showing you the ropes. Don’t worry about falling behind, we’ve all been there before. As long as you’re not afraid to try out new things and take time getting there, you will succeed.