SELF DEFENSE, FITNESS, & FUN! We are devoted to the study of Traditional Japanese Karate for self defense, fitness, and fun. We welcome beginners and all other styles of martial arts. Learn to protest yourself while staying in shape and making new friends.
HIGH ENERGY GROUP CLASSES. Our members receive some of the highest quality karate instruction in the nation from Senseis with decades of experience. We offer classes three days a week, for beginner to advanced levels.
NO OBLIGATIONS. Interested in joining, but not sure if karate is right for you? Come and see what it’s all about! You can train for up to two weeks for free, and you may join at any point in the semester – just show up! Wear workout clothes – uniforms can be purchased later.
Like many of my decisions made throughout my undergrad, joining UMN’s Shotokan Karate Club was done on a raw coin flip. I needed something to do with my free time that wasn’t sitting around in my single-occupant dorm room, it was just a matter of testing waters to figure out what that would be. Despite not knowing a lick of karate, I was welcomed with open arms by the entire group and treated with patience and respect by Sensei Gimberline. This club had become a significant part of my four years at UMN. At SKC, I learned both the self-defense style and the traditional artistic form of Shotokan karate. The skills I acquired will most certainly be carried with me for the rest of my life.
A great club run by excellent teachers, keeping traditional karate thriving at the University of Minnesota for over 50 years.
This group's long history is a testament to its quality instruction and the passion of the many U students that have kept it going strong for all these years.
The Annual Tournament is a wonderful tradition. It's one of the only places that karateka of diverse styles can get together to compete.
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