Training

The club trains five days a week during term time, and different days focus on different aspects of training. All of the instructors are black-belts. Many of them have considerable experience in teaching, and either represent or have represented Cambridge in competitions. During the vacations periods, outside the University term there is always at least one taught session a week.

The Club's chief instructor is Sensei Richard Poole, 6th Dan KUGB, who is a former Welsh international competitor, an international referee and also president of both the World and European Shotokan Karate-do Associations.

Sensei Richard usually takes the general Sunday sessions intended for all members and the squad sessions on Monday. Squad sessions focus on kumite (sparring) for competitions — if you are interested in attending these sessions please contact one of the captains.

Wednesday sessions are general (kihon, kata and kumite) sessions for beginners. Thursday kata sessions focus mainly on Heian katas in the first half, whilst the second hour will cover more advanced katas and is intended to support higher grades and those who represent Cambridge in competitions. These classes become more competition-orientated around November and February-March time. Friday sparring is informal and relaxed, and is intended to supplement Monday squad training.

IMPORTANT: For insurance reasons you will need a valid KUGB licence in order to train at CUKC. Licences can be obtained from the KUGB website here. You are welcome to hold licences from other associations as well as the KUGB, but such licences alone are not sufficent to train at CUKC.



Training Rota 2018

DayDateSessionTimeInstructorVenue
Sunday 10 June General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Indoor Cricket School, Entrance on Gresham Rd (map)
Monday 11 June Squad Kumite 8-10pm Richard Indoor Cricket School, Entrance on Gresham Rd (map)
Wednesday 13 June Mock Grading 8-10pm Richard Seminar Room, Wolfson College (map)
Thursday 14 June Kata Class 8-10pm Petre Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts (map)
Friday 15 June Grading 10am-3pm Sensei Bob Poynton Indoor Cricket School, Entrance on Gresham Rd (map)
Start of Holiday Training
Sunday 17 June Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Bowett Room , Queens' College (map)
Wednesday 20 June Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Sunday 24 June Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Petre Bowett Room , Queens' College (map)
Wednesday 27 June Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Bowett Room , Queens' College (map)
Sunday 1 July Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Julian Bowett Room , Queens' College (map)
Wednesday 4 July Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Bowett Room , Queens' College (map)
Sunday 8 July Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Wednesday 11 July Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Palmerston Room St John's, Enter from Cripp's Court, just by St John's Chop House in Northampton St. (map)
Sunday 15 July Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Palmerston Room St John's, Enter from Cripp's Court, just by St John's Chop House in Northampton St. (map)
Sunday 18 July Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives courts (map)
Wednesday 22 July Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives courts (map)
Sunday 25 July Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives courts (map)
Wednesday 29 July Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives courts (map)



Please note that members have to be at least 8th kyu (red belt) before they can enter kata sessions or 7th kyu (yellow belt) for kumite sessions!