Welcome to the Oxford University Karate ClubKarate is a martial art and system of self-defence. Literally "karate-do" means the way of the empty hand, referring to the fact that practioners use only the hands, feet and body. Karate is also founded on philosophical and spiritual tradition and develops not only the body but also the mind and character. Ultimately the purpose of karate is not physical prowess but the development of balance, harmony and spirit through disciplined training which imbues you with peace and wholeness of character to enrich day-to-day life.
The OUKC is affiliated to the JKAE which practices Shotokan Karate. The club has several very experienced instructors, including JKAE Chief Instructor, Yoshinobu Ohta (7th Dan), Spiros Ventouras (4th Dan) and Leon Brown (3rd Dan).
Shotokan focuses on Kihon (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring) to develop a range of powerful and dynamic techniques. Because of the strong emphasis on basics it is easy for beginners to train together with more experienced individuals.