Karate was developed in Okinawa, from indigenous fighting methods as a use of self defence. Shotokan is a style of karate, developed and modernised by Gichin Funakoshi, he is credited with popularizing karate through a series of demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs in mainland Japan. The UL Shotokan Karate Club was established due to public interest and Funakoshi’s legacy continues. The club is run by a team of traditional karateka. Tradition is the main aspect which keeps a club like ours strong, much like the traditional fun and games associated with the club; Balloon Championships, Pancake Parties, the Clubs and Socs Ball, nights out, nights in, Pizza and of course, the coveted Bi-annual Japan trip! 2014 saw yet another successful Japan trip go by. In January the club sent a team of 13 members to the home of modern karate, Tokyo. Here the squad trained under Grand Master Kanazawa and the other sensei at the Honbu dojo. While visiting Tokyo, the squad trained upon Mt. Fuji, visited national treasures, and of course explored the vibrant city’s nightlife. The trip was extremely successful and another squad is set for the skies in 2016. For the next trip we hope to bring even more members and create even more memories! The club has had great achievement owing to the commitment of its members. Last February saw the Intervarsities organised by the students in our club, held in UL\\\'s very own sports arena. Most of our club members competed and only one competitor came away without placing. Many of our senior grades provided both entertainment and skill to the day’s events while the majority of the squad were new members with only six months experience, they earned up to three medals and at least one of which were gold. This year we had 12 competitors in the GMIT intervarsities, 10 of which placed, again some with up to three medals including gold. We usually grade our students twice a year with Sensei Payne (7th Dan). The last grading saw everybody pass and two members double grading, proving that the club breeds and attracts talent! Throughout the year the club has seminars with leading figures in Irish Karate such as Sensei O’Donovan (5th Dan), former national squad captain. As a member of the club you will be part of a dynamic family. We cater for all styles of karate and all styles of people! Whether you have a ‘bog-toe kick’, interest in learning some self defence, getting fitter or meeting new people, you’ll find the perfect balance in karate.