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The University of St Andrews Karate Club is the oldest martial arts club in St Andrews, and has a fantastic atmosphere in which to train in Shotokan Karate! With semesterly gradings and two yearly competitions, the club is diverse and supports all levels of ability. Throughout the year, members will have plenty of opportunity to get involved in the club, with two weekly socials creating tight-knit friendships and a love for the ancient art of Shotokan, a traditional and powerful style based on strong, effective punches, kicks, blocks and stances.


Beginners, black belts, and all in between are very welcome. The club trains at the University Sport Centre.



As multiple senseis/coaches attend each training session, the classes are able to cater to a wide variety of ability levels. Classes are usually divided into two groups - beginners and advanced.

Mon 5:00 - 6:30 pm (sensei-led) Sports Hall
Wed 5:00 - 6:30 pm (sensei-led) Sports Hall
Sun 9:00 - 10:00 am (self-practice) Sports Centre Studio 


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). 


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


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