UCD Karate club
The oldest and largest martial arts club in UCD, Club of the Year 2019, one of the most accomplished karate clubs in Ireland, currently holder of the title of All-Ireland Intervarsity Champion 2019 and Inter-collegiate Champion 2019.
We are training 3 times/week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Intervarsities, 8 April
Announcement: Freshers Trip to be held 21 - 23 Oct 2022.
UCD Karate Club Retains the Title of Intervarsity Champions 2022
On the 2nd of April the UCD Karate Club stormed to victory at the first All Ireland Karate Inter-Varsities to take place in three years.
Back from Freshers Weekend Trip to Bundoran: Photos!
Last weekend 29 of UCD Karate Club members invaded the beaches of Bundoran, where we trained, surfed, and partied for 3 days straight. This was our biggest Freshers trip in recent years and one of the best weekends...
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About UCD Karate
UCD Karate Club was formed in 1977 and has since enjoyed success as one of the college’s largest and most popular clubs. The club has won the UCD Club of the Year award a number of times and is currently the reigning Intervarsity Champion. The club’s primary aim is to provide an enjoyable and safe environment to equip all of its members with the skills necessary to progress in Shotokan Karate. UCD Karate Club has close ties with many national and international organisations and members get the opportunity to train with not only the club’s own team of highly qualified instructors, but also some of the foremost karate masters in the world.
Weekly training schedule
We train regularly 3 times a week throughout the year. Find out more about our training here.
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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.