Karate is one of the oldest and most popular forms of martial art, first developed over 600 years ago in Japan. Karate is a system of self-defence which uses hand and feet to block and strike.  Training is based on the Japanese code of;

  • Character
  • Sincerity
  • Effort
  • Etiquette
  • Self-defence


Everyone is welcome. The club attracts a diverse group of brilliant people with a wide range of abilities. Whether you have trained for years or are a complete beginner, the lessons are aimed to meet everyone’s needs.

The club is a part of the Karate Union of Great Britain, (KUGB) and practices Shotokan Karate, but those from other styles and martial arts are welcome to come and train. There have been many members from other styles in the past, some of whom have gone on to attain their Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

Your first class is always free, whether you choose to join us during Fresher’s Week or later. We would recommend wearing comfortable sport or gym clothing for your first session.

Why Liverpool University Karate Club?


Liverpool is a great place to practice karate. The club is very close to the Red Triangle Dojo where Sensei Andy Sherry (Britain’s very first Black Belt, the Chief Instructor of the KUGB and the coach for the English team) teaches. Our instructor, Stuart Amos, is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, a member of the English team and a former European champion. He has also worked in the fitness and security industries and has an extensive knowledge of martial arts.

The club provides the opportunity to grade up to 3 times a year and students can progress all the way to Black Belt if they stay with us. We compete in many competitions over the course of the year and even complete beginners will be able to take part if they choose.

Karate is a really great way to meet new people. We are a very friendly and social club, with activities outside training every week. After training we often head over to the pub or go for lunch together. We have lots of social events such as AU nights, meals out and much more. We also have our annual trip to the KUGB Summer training camp, which is a brilliant opportunity to train with world-renowned instructors, earn your next belt and gain some amazing memories.

We look forward to seeing you soon!