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
Friday 13 April Free Kumite Training 6-8pm Herve Bowett Room, Queens' College (map)
Sunday 15 April Holiday Session 3:30-5:30pm Herve + Petre Pembroke College, New Cellars (map)
Wednesday 18 April Holiday Session 8-10pm Richard Bowett Room, Queens' College (map)
Sunday 22 April Holiday Session 3:30-5:30pm Richard Pembroke College, New Cellars (map)
Start of Term-Time Training
Monday 23 April Squad Kumite 7:30-9:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts (map)
Tuesday 24 April Free Kumite Class 7-9pm Herve Pembroke College, New Cellars (map)
Wednesday 25 April Beginners' Class 8-10pm Philip Seminar Room, Wolfson College (map)
Thursday 26 April Kata Class 8-10pm tbc Palmerston Room St John's, Enter from Cripp's Court, just by St John's Chop House in Northampton St. (map)
Friday 27 April Kumite Session 6-8pm Richard Bowett Room, Queens' College (map)
Sunday 29 April General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Monday 30 April Squad Kumite 7:30-9:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Wednesday 2 May Beginners' Class 8-10pm Philip Seminar Room, Wolfson College (map)
Thursday 3 May Kata Class 8-10pm tbc Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts(map)
Friday 4 May Kumite Session 6-8pm Herve Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts(map)
Sunday 6 May General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Monday 7 May Squad Kumite 7:30-9:30pm Herve Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Wednesday 9 May Beginners' Class 8-10pm Julian Seminar Room, Wolfson College (map)
Thursday 10 May Kata Class 8-10pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts(map)
Friday 11 May Kumite Session 6-8pm Herve Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts(map)
Sunday 13 May General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Monday 14 May Squad Kumite 7:30-9:30pm Herve Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Wednesday 16 May Beginners' Class 8-10pm Julian Seminar Room, Wolfson College (map)
Thursday 17 May Kata Class 8-10pm Petre Palmerston Room St John's, Enter from Cripp's Court, just by St John's Chop House in Northampton St. (map)
Friday 18 May Kumite Session 6-8pm Herve Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives Courts(map)
Sunday 20 May General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Monday 21 May Squad Kumite 8-10pm Richard Indoor Cricket School (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!