Welcome! よろしく!

Welcome to Dublin City University Karate Club – the longest running martial arts club in DCU, 2017 Irish Intervarsity karate champions, 2017 DCU Team of the Year and hosts of the 2019 Irish Intervarsity championships. Our primary aim is to provide a safe environment in which people can learn traditional Shotokan karate in a structured and progressive fashion….


For more details about any of the upcoming events, email dcukarate@gmail.com or just ask at any of our training sessions. Upcoming Events 2018 Summer training times in effect from May: Saturdays 11am-12.30pm. 17-19 August: JKA Afro Eurasia Summer Training Camp, Glasgow, Scotland. 06 October: Kawasoe Sensei Course in Dublin.

Karate FAQs for Bginners

Q1: How do I start? Will I need any special equipment? A: Just turn up at any of the club’s training sessions. You don’t need any special clothes or equipment to start with. Just make sure to wear loose fitting clothes – a t-shirt and track bottoms will do fine. Eventually though, you will be…

Your first class

If you haven’t trained in karate before, that’s not a problem. At the start of each year we have classes specifically for absolute beginners. As the year progresses, all students (experienced and new) will train together, however the instructor will give each set of students drills and exercises appropriate for their experience and grade. If…


Gradings take place in DCU Karate Club approximately every 3 months and are conducted by grading examiners from JKA-Shotokan Ireland. Grades prior to black belt are called kyu grades and those after black belt are called dan grades. There are nine kyu grades (designated by different colour belts) and ten dan grades. While different karate…

Recommended Karate Books

Looking  for a book about karate (particularly Shotokan) but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place. The books below cover technique, history and autobiographies and all come recommended by DCU Karate Club (high praise indeed). Click on the title links to go to Amazon or other sites where the books can…

Kawasoe Sensei in Dublin – 06 October 2018

JKA-Shotokan Ireland are hosting a one day course in Dublin with Masao Kawasoe Sensei (7th Dan JKA). Kawasoe Sensei is the Honorary Technical Director of JKA-Shotokan Ireland and is Chief Instructor of the JKA World Federation Afro-Eurasia. More details will be available closer to the event.