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The Shotokan Karate Club at UVA was founded in 1997, and we train year-round. Members include undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty of the University. The club practices traditional Japanese Shotokan karate, and fosters strength and confidence in a friendly, controlled environment.

In addition to regular training, the Shotokan Karate Club offers other activities like going out after class, movies, bowling, parties, and beach trips. We have gone kayaking and even sky-diving! We travel to optional camps and tournaments, host guest instructors, and have rank tests three times a year.


The Shotokan Karate Club at UVA is a member of the International Shotokan Karate Federation. The ISKF is a non-profit martial arts organization led by Master Teruyuki Okazaki, a former assistant to Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of modern karate. The organization ensures the same standards of instructors and training throughout the world, and provides rank testing, camps, tournaments, and special clinics. The ultimate purpose of karate is not physical prowess or the winning of matches, but the development of character, strength, and harmony through training.