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Durham University

Team Durham


About Us

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 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 streetwise applications to give our members a more realistic approach to self-defence. We hold three 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.

We welcome people of all abilities throughout the year and are proud to offer one of the lowest subscription fees of any University sport. 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. Club members also benefit from wholesale discounts on martial arts equipment and apparel. 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.

Club Captain: Tyler Smith and Daniel Scott

Coach: Sam Light