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Class Schedule  |  Practice Location  |  Member Rates
Updated : 09-15-2009

The U of M Shotokan Karate Club begins practice on the Monday of the second week of the semester at 3pm in Cooke Hall 308.


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Welcome to the homepage of the University of Minnesota Shotokan Karate Club! Are you a....

  • Club member or regional karateka? Head over to the Club News page for announcements about club events, and the UMN Tournament page for details on our annual tournament!
  • Newcomer to our site? This page is for you! Read on for our introduction and club details...

A little about us... The Karate Club is devoted to the study of traditional Japanese karate, for self-defense, fitness, sport, and fun! Our members receive some of the highest quality Shotokan instruction in the nation, from instructors with decades of experience, and at reasonable membership rates. We offer classes three days a week, with difficulty levels aimed at complete beginners up to karateka with years of training. While primarily instructional, the club also competes in several intercollegiate tournaments throughout the year, including our own annually hosted UMN Invitational Karate Tournament. Finally, the club also engages in many social events throughout the year, including picnics, dinners, bowling nights, and road trips to tournaments.

Interested in joining, but not sure if karate is right for you? Come in for practice and see what it's all about! Your first day of practice is free, and you may join at any point in the semester. No prior martial arts experience is necessary to train with us! Just show up for class wearing some comfortable exercise clothing, and avoid wearing watches, bracelets, and other jewelry. The funny white pajamas can be purchased later if you decide to join.

Everyone is welcome to join the karate club - undergrads, graduate students, alumni, and faculty! Members train at the club for many of their own reasons and benefits, such as to...

  • get exercise!
  • improve balance, coordination and flexibility
  • gain physical confidence
  • practice a traditional art form
  • learn practical striking skills
  • compete collegially
  • make new friends!

Shotokan is one of five japanese styles considered to be traditional karate. As such, shotokan is a fighting system consisting of basic kicks and punches which harness the entire body mass to deliver a strike, in a balanced and efficient manner. Learning traditional karate means learning a new way to move, with muscle control and awareness, and not simply the geometric positions of the "techniques". Shotokan has evolved from its roots in Okinawa and import to Japan to be a non-contact martial art, meaning there is much less risk for injury. Participants are required to learn a fine degree of control over their strikes. Although not everyone will find the club to their liking, Shotokan is accessible to most. To read more about shotokan, head over to the About Karate page.

Founded in 1967 by Master Robert Fusaro, the Shotokan Karate Club is one of the oldest existing sport student groups at the University. The club is a student-run organization registered under the Student Activities Office, and is also a member of the Sports Clubs program. Karate ranks earned at the club are certified through the club's affiliation with the Japan Karate Association (JKA), American Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF), and International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF), which are some of the governing bodies for Shotokan karate.

Class Schedule

Beginner Karate :       3:00 PM to 4:00 PM     MWF
Advanced Karate :       4:00 PM to 5:00 PM     MF

The Shotokan Karate Club meets three days a week for practice, with two classes on each of those days. Beginner classes are from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and are structured for people with little or no karate experience. Advanced karate classes meet in the hour after beginner classes, on the same days, and are geared more towards karateka (students) with at least a semester of training. Beginners are welcome to attend the advanced Shotokan practices, but they will be paced more aggressively, and less time is spent explaining the basics.

Cooke 308 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3:00 - 4:00 Beginner Beginner Beginner
4:00 - 5:00 Advanced Advanced

For information on the dates class will be held during the semester, the instructor rotation during the week, and other important club event dates, head over to the Class Calendar page.

Practice Room Location

Cooke Hall 308 Map

Practice is held in Cooke Hall, room 308. Enter through the University Recreation Center (URC / Rec Center) on the East Bank campus, and take the skyway on the 3rd floor across to Cooke Hall. Gym 308 is adjacent to the large gym, to your right as you enter.

Men's and Women's locker rooms are available for changing in the basement level of the URC. Otherwise, you can change in one of the upstairs bathrooms, or in Cooke 308 if you prefer.

To enter the East Bank Rec Center, you will need your U Card if you are a student. If you don't pay student services fees, or don't have a URC membership, you are still welcome to join the club, but you will need an Affiliate Card to access the URC. Scroll down to the Rates section for information on getting an affiliate card.

Membership Rates

Semester Membership $60.00
Half-Semester Membership $30.00
Gi (Uniform) $45.00
Affiliate Card $65.00

Half-semester rates are available to students joining the club late in the semester, or are otherwise unable to attend the full semester. Come in for a practice and consult one of the club officers about partial rates.

The affiliate card is only required for non-students, or anyone not paying full student services fees for the semester. An affiliate card can be purchased from one of the karate club officers. Either meet one of them during class, or e-mail us about making arrangements to meet outside the Rec center. After receiving the card fee, we will be able to give you the affiliate card on the next day.

To learn more about the club and karate, be sure to check out the About Karate section, and read about our experienced Instructors. If you still have any questions, consult the comprehensive F.A.Q., or send us an email!

Class Schedule  |  Practice Location  |  Member Rates
Updated : 09-15-2009
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The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of Minnesota.