About Us

Cambridge Karate Club

Dragon screenshot At Cambridge Karate Club, we practise Shotokan Karate offering training to students of all ages and abilities. We are a fairly social bunch, and usually manage to do a few things together throughout the year. We are part of the Shotokan Karate Association and there are 4 gradings per year, along with an open day and some additional events for more advanced students.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details, and our training page for our training locations. There are also some Google Calendars with all our events on them.
"Karate" (meaning "empty hand") is an unarmed combat system originating in Okinawa. Shotokan is the style of karate which comes from the school of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, who brought it from Okinawa to Japan in 1922. Karate can help you:

  • Improve your coordination and confidence;
  • Develop your stamina and fitness through cross-training;
  • Learn self-defence techniques.

All our classes are taught by fully qualified instructors.

Also see: Shotokan on Wikipedia

New Class Starting from May 3rd - Saturdays, 3-4pm, Cambridge Regional College

A new class suitable for adults, juniors and families will be starting from May 3rd at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road on Saturdays from 3-4pm. Come along if you are interested in starting, or if you already attend our other classes and wish to train more often.

Grading: 8th December 2013

Well done to all 29 students who graded on Sunday 8th December 2013. We have pictures and results.

No training on Monday October 7th 2013

There will be no training on Monday October 7th, as the hall will be in use preparing for the University Societies' Fair. Training will return to normal the following week.

Grading: 15th September 2013

Well done to all 25 students who graded on Sunday 15th September 2013. We have pictures and results.

Shihan John van Weenen to teach SKA Open Day

Shihan John van Weenen OMT MBE, 8th Dan, is the guest instructor for the SKA Open Day, which will take place on Sunday 20th October, from 12 noon to 5pm, at Southbury Leisure Centre. Shihan van Weenen was one of the originators of Shotokan Karate in Europe. He started learning karate in Australia in 1963, returning to England in 1966 and forming one of England's first clubs, based in Enfield, Middlesex. He is the author of a collection of definitive works on Shotokan Karate including the UK’s best seller, The Beginners Guide to Shotokan Karate.

SKA Open Day Postponed

This year's SKA Open Day has been postponed from 7th July. More details will be published about the new date when they become available.

Grading: 2nd June 2013

Well done to all 27 students who graded on Sunday 2nd June 2013. We have pictures and results.

New Second Dan

Well done to Ross, who successfully graded to Second Dan at the grading in Enfield on Saturday 25th May 2013.

Two hours training on Monday May 6th

Monday, May 6th is a Bank Holiday, so training at Kelsey Kerridge will not be at the normal 8.30 time. We have, however, booked the hall from 5-7pm for a special two hour session working on basics. The cost will be shared among those attending.

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