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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 2021 Spring semester it will start at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3rd, in an online session (link coming soon). Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be having workouts online for the start of the semester. The beginner classes will take place every Wednesday and Friday 6-7 PM CT. All you need to participate in our workouts is some space in your apartment (enough for you to spin around with your arms open), comfortable clothes, and no shoes (as we practice barefoot)! As we get guidance from the University to do so safely, we will eventually switch to a hybrid in-person/virtual format, which will further expand the moves that we can practice.

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.

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