COVID-19 update [12 Mar]: Event postponed until further notice


Karate Intervarsity Championship 2020


2019 UCD

2018 UCC

2017 DCU

2016 UCD

2015 UCD

2014 UCD

4 April 2020 | UCD Sports Centre

The Annual All-Ireland Karate Intervarsity Championship 2020 will be hosted in University College Dublin. Participation is open for all third-level education students in Ireland. All Karate styles and dojo affiliations are welcome.



Participation is open for all students attending a third-level educational institute in Ireland, full-time and part-time, with one-year grace period from graduation date.

Register here


Each participant is expected to be familiar with the rules of the Intervarsity competition. You can read the full set of rules here.

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The pricing this year is €10 for participation per discipline (individual/team kata or kumite), or €25 to join all 4.


4 April 2020

UCD Sports Centre | Hall B | Registration 8:45am









Individual Kata

Team Kata

Individual Kumite

Team Kumite


Based on your Karate rank, you can participate in your own category, competing against karatekas at the similar skill levels.


10th Kyu  8th Kyu


7th Kyu  4th Kyu


3rd Kyu and above

History of The Intervarsity Cup

The Karate Intervarsities has been held in Ireland since 1983 to promote college level karate.

In its inaugural event, only four college clubs took part: UCD, TCD, UCC, University of Coleraine. The host, UCD Karate Club raised the cup for the first time, setting the bar for decades of competition. 

The competition quickly added regional techs such as Carlow, UCG, Kevin Street the next year. By 1985, UCC hosted at least 9 colleges and cemented the competition as a mainstay of annual karate events in Ireland. 

The top prize of the annual Karate Intervarsity championship is the All-Ireland Karate Intervarsity Championship Cup, which the winning team will get to claim back to their college for a year.

The 2020 Intervarsities will be hosted by UCD Karate Club, the defending 2019 champion. The club was formed in 1977 and has since succeeded as one of UCD’s largest and most popular clubs. The club’s primary aim is to provide an enjoyable and safe environment to equip 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.


Changing Rooms

The UCD Sports Centre has multiple changing rooms with hot showers with lockers outside Hall A (bring your own padlock).

Drinks and snacks

Water coolers, free energy drinks and high-protein snacks provided. There are also cafes, shops and vending machines available in the Sports Centre.


Multiple free parking slots around the Sports Centre and the University will be available for participants on the day.

Cash Machines

Nearest AIB ATM is outside the Student Centre, 5 minutes walk from the competition hall.

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