Thinking of taking up a martial art, looking to learn self-defence, or simply looking for a fun way to keep fit? Then come and try out karate with SUKDS! We welcome everyone regardless of age, gender, build, and experience. Scroll down for more details.

Our training sessions have an emphasis on developing mobility, co-ordination, timing, and balance. Together, these help to provide an effective way to defend against attack. We are currently integrating the use of bo staffs into our practices as to continue to work in partnerships but at a safe distance.

If that hasn't sold it enough to you yet, SUKDS is also a great place to meet many friendly people. We have regular social events throughout the year to get to know everyone. Currently we are running online socials every Thursday at 8pm over Teams.

So, what if you're someone who's already got some experience with martial arts? While some of our practices may differ from what you have previously been taught, there are some similarities. This gives the perfect opportunity for you to explore and test your own understanding of techniques.

SUKDS is part of the KDS, an organisation committed to practicing and teaching Karate-do as taught by Master Mitsusuke Harada. The organisation is made up of clubs from around the country and around the world! National courses are a great opportunity to train with these people and learn new ideas that their clubs are developing.

You can find out more about the KDS here:


In order to train you must provide a recent negative Covid test (taken within the 24 hours preceding the session).


In-person training times:

Practice will be in the Activities Room (in Building 42) at the following times:

Tuesdays: 6-8pm

Saturdays: 10am-12pm

Please wear appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water. We practice bare foot.

Our first session of the term will be on Tuesday 5th October.


Online training times (using Teams):

These will only run if in-person training is cancelled (due to Covid). In such cases, a Facebook post will be made and members will be emailed.

Request to join the Teams group here:


Membership prices:

Students: £35 per term or £60 for the year

Non-students:  £40 per term or £70 for the year

This price includes your very own gi and white belt, as well as insurance. Also, you do not need a Sports & Wellbeing membership to join.

If you're looking to join, email us at, message us on Facebook or simply come to one of our sessions. Your first two sessions are free!

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Karate-Do Shotokai this year are:

Morgan Shipsides
Black Belt Liaison Officer
Benjamin Everest
Morgan Shipsides
Yasmin Islam
Social Media Officer
Rebecca Cook
Supreme Advisor
Dulhan Jayalath
Morgan Shipsides
Vice President
Benjamin Everest
Wellbeing Officer

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Karate-Do Shotokai, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

Please note that some memberships of this group may also require you to purchase Sport & Wellbeing membership from the University of Southampton in order to use the relevant sport facilities
You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
KDS Membership (Year)£60.0001/10/2021 - 01/10/2022Membership to SUKDS. This allows you to practise with the club. It covers your insurance, mat fees and the cost of a gi (if you are joining for the first time).
KDS Membership (Semester 1)£35.0001/10/2021 - 29/01/2022Membership to SUKDS. This allows you to practise with the club. It covers your insurance, mat fees and the cost of a gi (if you are joining for the first time).
Just TryingFREE27/10/2021 - 02/11/2021Free membership to begin practising with the club at the start of term with no financial commitment. This does not include a gi / belt and these are not required for you to attend.


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Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Karate-Do Shotokai are available to view below