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
Wednesday 5 September Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Sunday 9 September Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Philip Cambridge Sports Centre, Rugby Fives courts (map)
Wednesday 12 September Holiday Class 8-10pm Richard Pembroke College, New Cellars (map)
Sunday 16 September Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Wednesday 19 September Holiday Class 8-10pm Philip Pembroke College, New Cellars (map)
Sunday 23 September Free Training 3:30-5:30pm none Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Wednesday 26 September Free Training 8-10pm none Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Sunday 30 September Holiday Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Wednesday 3 October Holiday Class 8-10pm richard tbc
Start of Term-Time Training
Friday 5 October Kumite Session 6:00-8:00pm tbc Queens' College, Bowett Room (map)
Saturday 6 October Freshers' Demo Training: 3:00-4:30pm
Demo: 4:30-6:00pm
Richard Kelsey Kerridge, Fenners Gallery (map)
Sunday 7 October General Class 3:30-5:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Monday 8 October Instructors' Class 7:30-9:30pm Richard Cambridge Sports Centre, Studio 1 (map)
Wednesday 10 October Beginners' Class 7:30-9:30pm Richard tbc



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!