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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 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).

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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