Royal Holloway Karate teaches a very traditional form of Shotokan. Karate translates to "Empty Hand" and is regarded as one of the most effective forms of defence against unarmed and armed opponents. Karate is one of the most popular and recognised forms of martial arts around the world.

The Holloway club is affiliated with the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB- one of the largest karate organisations in Britain and around the world). The instructors at Holloway Karate have a combined experience of over 30 years.

The club focuses on using the body as a whole producing more efficient and effective move compared to other styles of karate. A typical session includes; Basics, sparring, Kata, self-defence training as well as all round fitness training.

Karate can improve your way of life in more ways than just improving fitness or self-defence. It helps develop confidence, flexibility, hand eye co-ordination and discipline that can benefit all aspects of life. First session free so come along.

The club is very welcoming to everyone from complete beginners to black belts and anyone in-between. There will be something in the curriculum that challenges everyone. All styles of Karate are welcome here, however the technical aspects will be Shotokan. There is no pressure to wear the uniform (gi), but if you have one feel free to wear it. If you would like one, or any other equipment, please contact Dante.


Key Details:

Cost: Standard Membership 2020/21 (Term 1 & 2) - £90.

Date: Every Wednesday 9 - 11pm.

Location: RHUL Sports Hall.



For the safety of all members, we will be strictly adhering to the government guidelines as well as the guidelines set out be KUGB - our governing body.

To attend the training sessions, you must order a ticket in advanced. Please ensure that you arrive in the clothes you intend to train in and that they are clean.

If you or a flatmate feels unwell or is self isolating, please don't attend.


Events & Socials

All events & socials will be announced via social media, the email list and the group chat.

There will be opportunities for additional training sessions at Rising Sun Academy in Woking, though this is not covered in membership costs.

In person socials will be limited, but virtual socials will still go ahead.

Past socials have included: Christmas meal, Come in your kit, Colours Ball, Laser tag/paintballing with other societies including other martial arts societies, other meals out to Sushi Nara and other restaurants, bowling, special training days and events. 

If you have any suggestions for future events, please email the society.


Past teams:

Men's Kumite Team
Women's Kumite Team



British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)
We are looking to consider teams based on ability and membership numbers.


Free Taster Session: 

Will be confirmed at a later date!

*All taster sessions will take place in RHUL Sports Hall from 9 - 11pm


Sorry, there are no memberships available to purchase.