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Shotokan Karate

Captain: Joshua Waters

Email: joshua.waters@durham.ac.uk or du.karate@durham.ac.uk

Shotokan is the most widely practised form of Karate in the Western world. Our club's instructor is Sensei Sam Light. Sam has trained with the KUGB for since 2001 and holds a 3rd Dan black belt. He holds regional and national titles in junior Kata and Kumite, a regional title in senior Kata and has competed internationally for KUGB England at European and World Shotokan Karate championships where he achieved several bronze and silver medals.

Durham University Shotokan Karate Club (DUSKC) is affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain which is the largest single style association in the country. Through this association we are able to attend courses run by some of the most famous KUGB instructors. The club aims to teach both traditional and competition karate as well as elements of street-wise applications to give our members a more realistic approach to self-defence. We hold 3 sessions a week covering all aspects of karate, ranging from kata and basics to kumite and sparring technique. The club has enjoyed increasing success at both local and national competitions, in particular the annual British University Championships where in 2017 we won bronze medals in novice Kumite and senior male team Kumite, and gold in intermediate Kata.

DUSKC welcomes people of all abilities throughout the year. We have a wide range of members, mostly from Shotokan backgrounds although we embrace those from other styles. You will also find that we are very friendly and hold regular social events throughout the year that are very popular and play an important part in our lively team spirit. Karate is excellent for improving your strength, stamina and flexibility, and not only does it keep you fit, but it can be a great confidence booster.