Karate Club

Whether you're looking to get fit, compete or just make new friends, everyone is welcome at EUKC!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our recent changes due to COVID-19, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us via Facebook or email.


Formed in 2019 from the merger of the University's Shotokan and Shukokai clubs, Edinburgh University Karate Club is a student run club offering professional tuition in Shotokan and Shukokai karate. Amongst our regular socials and occasional adventures away from Edinburgh, we offer a packed programme of 9 classes every week, which includes Shotokan and Shukokai styles of karate, grappling & self-defence, sport karate and fitness sessions.

Gearing our training towards beginners at the start of the academic year, we provide excellent training for all abilities - whether you want to become a blackbelt, compete, or get flexible and fit. We compete at BUCS and SSS events - where everybody from Novice to Senior grade can represent their University. Gradings in both styles are also regularly available at the club.

If you are interested in joining, we recommend first making full use of your two week free trial, then speak to our Licensing & Membership Officer. Check out our website for more details too!


Training Sessions (March 2021 update):

In-person training has resumed, with all sessions held outdoors for the foreseeable future.

Our sessions are currently held across two locations - Peffermill Playing Fields and Holyrood Park. For the most up to date schedule, please contact us via email or Facebook.

All attendees (including members) must sign up for training sessions in advance. This is done on SignUpGenius:

Peffermill sessions

Holyrood Park sessions


The schedule below is for reference to NORMAL training times - please check the SignUpGenius for our current schedule:

Monday  - 19:00 to 20:30 (SHOTOKAN)

Tuesday  - 19:00 to 20:30 (SHUKOKAI)

Wednesday - 19:00 to 20:30 (SHOTOKAN)

Thursday - Holyrood Park - 06:30 to 08:00 (FITNESS) 

Thursday - 19:00 to 21:00 (KUMITE & KATA)

Saturday - 09:00 to 12:00 (KATA & KUMITE)

Sunday - 09:00 to 10:00 (KATA)

Sunday - 10:00 to 12:00 (SELF-DEFENCE)


*** Beginners are always welcome at most of our sessions! We recommend starting with Shotokan, Shukokai, Fitness or Self-defence. ***


Which Membership?

Detailed information regarding memberships can be found on our website here.
All prospective members fall into one of three categories: Student at the University of Edinburgh, Student elsewhere ("not UoE"), and Non-Student. You should only select an option relevant to your student status. However, students elsewhere and non-students must first apply via this form as we are limited by a non-UoE student quota. The deadline for semester 2 non-student applications has passed, however spaces remain and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


To stay up to date with the latest news on trainings, competitions and social events you can find us on social media: FacebookInstagram or Twitter. Drop us a message if you have any questions!


CONTACT: If you have any questions with regards to getting involved with the club then e-mail us on karate@ed.ac.uk


Please be aware, to join this club you must have purchased a Sport & Exercise Gym Membership, which is available HERE


Should an individual require a refund – this can only be done by the club you have joined in cash or cheque (at their own discretion). The Sports Union Membership cannot be refunded, and neither can the transaction fee.


  • Student Semester 2 (Online)£0.00
  • Non-Student Semester 2 (Online)£0.00


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