Traditional Shotokan Karate, founded by Sensei Gichin Funakoshi in the early 1900s, has its origins deep in ancient Okinawa. Further information is available here. Shotokan has developed over time and as a living art continues to expand and advance under the direction of the modern day masters mentioned above. In essence Shotokan is a beautiful, ancient art of self-defence. Its holistic approach is based on using the energy generated by the whole body through the synchronization of breath, muscle contraction and relaxation and body dynamics, rather than relying merely on the muscular strength of the arms and legs. By studying Karate one learns to sense and follow the opponent, eventually controlling him, and to use the open space in his actions rather than resisting his movements. In the practice of karate the mind and body are inseparable: they harmonise with each other.
While karate training will improve all aspects of your physical condition, such as muscular strength, flexibility, speed, agility, coordination and cardiovascular condition, it also develops self-confidence, stable emotions and clear judgment so the body will respond naturally under any circumstances. By using all the tools that Shotokan gives, the size and physical strength of the opponent becomes irrelevant.
If you are diligent and train regularly, when your time in university comes to an end, you could be leaving UCD not only with your academic qualification but also with a Black Belt in Karate and the ability to join any martial arts club in the world with the confidence that your level of understanding and skill is of the highest standard.
While that may sound like a lot of hard work, we rarely miss an opportunity to have some fun. Every year the committee has a tightly-packed schedule of sporting and non-sporting events on the agenda, which include training courses, competitions, outings, weekends away and many other events, which are publicised on our website and on notice boards.
All members, particularly beginners, are encouraged to come to our many events.
You can join our club at any of our training sessions throughout the year. Just turn up in a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.
Beginners are always welcome!