The Madison Japanese Karate Club is one of the oldest Martial Arts clubs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is sponsored by the Division of Recreation & Wellbeing, and it is a registered student organization.
Participation is open to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff. We start a new beginners class every semester, and for the 2023 Spring semester it will start on Monday, February 6th. The classes take place MWF 5-6:55 at Lathrop Hall; MW - in room B101, F - in room 510. During the Winter break we train MWF 5-7 in the Spark Room at the Nicholas Recreation Center. Upon request, we can continue to have the virtual format online. All you need to participate in our workouts is some space (10' x 10') in your apartment, comfortable clothes, and no shoes (as we practice barefoot).
No experience? No worries! Most of our club members started their martial arts journey with our club as complete novices. It is best to start at the beginning of a semester, as we have a structured beginners class. The Spring 2023 class starts on Monday, February 6th.
Note that it is also possible to start at any time, as long as there is consistency and dedication, so don't hesitate to send us an e-mail.
If you have previous experience, please let us know the details, and you will likely be able to join right away.
Club membership is by semester. A necessary first step is to fill out a couple of forms required by RecWell, which will allow you to participate in our workouts. Follow these steps, and once you come to practice and experience what we have to offer, you can decide if you want to become a member and continue training.
The membership fee for the Japanese Karate Club is $45 per semester, or $65 for the whole year (two semesters and the summer session). If you join during the summer, the $45 semester fee covers the fall semester as well.
The club sells Karate-Gi (karate uniforms) to members at a reduced cost. A lightweight Karate-Gi will cost between $25 and $30 depending on size. Heavier uniforms are also available. Interested members should speak to an officer as prices will vary based on desired quality and weight.
Club members enjoy a number of benefits aside from being able to attend practices. Each year we host a tournament and seminars with guest instructors. Attendance at events hosted by the club is free. For away tournaments and seminars that we attend, the club covers half of the individual cost for participating members, and the full cost of competition team events. Kyu rank exams which are held at the end of each semester are also part of the membership fee, and include a regional certificate. Exams for 8th - 4th kyu ranks are usually taken in the club. 3rd to 1st kyu ranks tests can be taken at the club or at external events, and are usually part of a seminar or a guest instructor. For brown belts, there is a national registration fee of $15. Higher level rank exams are performed by nationally and internationally qualified examiners.
We practice Traditional Karate in the Shotokan style. Instruction is given from the most basic level and increases in difficulty as the participants learn the techniques required to control their body and mind. All 3 traditional components of karate training (kata, kihon, and kumite) are taught at the dojo.
While the instruction centers on karate as a martial art, portions of the training involve self defense applications and karate as competitive sport. Our club regularly sends teams of men and women to regional and national competitions.
The Madison Japanese Karate Club is affiliated nationally with the American Amateur Karate Federation, and internationally with the World Traditional Karate-Do Federation. All ranking is done under their auspices.