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Karate is a defensive martial art, which originates from Japan. The Karate Club trains in the Shotokan style, one of the oldest and most popular in the world. Shotokan karate is a traditional and powerful style based on strong, effective punches, kicks, blocks and stances. The Karate Club was founded in 1974, making it the oldest martial arts club in St Andrews, and has already celebrated its 40th anniversary. 


Our classes range from beginners to black belts. As we have multiple coaches attending our training sessions, the classes are able to cater to a wide variety of ability levels.

Mon 5:00 - 6:30 pm Sports Hall
Wed 5:00 - 6:30 pm Sports Hall
Sun 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Sports Arena (please check the Facebook page)


The club's head coach is Paul Dempsey, Karate Union Scotland North (KUSN) 7th Dan in Shotokan Karate, who is Chief Instructor and grading examiner for the Karate Union of Scotland-North, and 40 years ago founded the club. He's usually assisted by John Shields (5th Dan),Alec Culross (5th Dan) and Bruce Farquharson (3rd Dan). Our classes are usually divided into two groups - beginners and advanced.

Teams & Competitions

The Karate Club competes in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sport (SSS) events each year.

Club Committee:

President: Anna Tskhovrebova
Captain: Fraser Birnie
Secretary: Claire Marr
Treasurer: Brendan Mackay
Social Secretary: Emma Porter
Health & Safety Officer: Rachael O'Donovan

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