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Karate in Canterbury
Welcome to the Canterbury Karate Club
at Christ Church University
Karate is a Japanese martial art which uses kicks, punches and blocks. Shotokan is a style which emphasises low stances, long movements and the generation of great power.
Canterbury Karate Club was founded in 1981 and is the oldest, continuously running club in the University. Affiliated to the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB), it is a non-profit making, members' club which practices traditional Shotokan Karate. There is a strong emphasis on the philosophical and traditional aspects of martial arts training including zen. Up to thirty members train in term time (fewer during the vacations).
A typical session includes training for flexibility, training for general fitness, basic movements (kihon), patterns of defence against several opponents (kata) and some sparring (kumite). All of these are given equal importance.
To celebrate our thirtieth birthday in 2011, we celebrated with a weekend of karate featuring five senior instructors, including world, European and national champions. Please follow the link on the left if you would like to see what happened at our 'weekend karate party'.