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Karate is a striking martial art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques.

An Overview of Karate

Karate is a martial art developed on the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. Karate is predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques. Karate can be practiced as an art, sport, or as self defense training. Karate training is commonly divided into kihon (basics or fundamentals), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).


Karate is an excellent form of learning self defense to improve self-confidence and esteem.

Karate can improve your physical and mental well-being.

A good opportunity to meet new people in a sociable environment.


Costs for Karate will vary per club and organisation.


To get involved contact one of the karate clubs on the organisations tab of our activity finder.


No equipment is needed initially for Karate however if you wish to become more serious then a karate suit may require purchasing at a later stage.

Find Karate Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Community Sport Hubs

Community Sport Hubs bring together sport clubs and key local partners who want to develop and grow the sporting offering in the community.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

National Governing Bodies

Scottish Karate Governing Body Ltd.

Contact Telephone
0141 633 1116

Ikigai Karate Club

We are a family friendly club with an emphasis on helping local people participate in sport and Karate. We have classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings; 6.30 – 7.30 pm- children and young people, 5 – 14 years and 7.30 – 9 pm – over 14 years and

Ryukyu Kongo Ryu Scotland

Ryukyu Kongo Ryu Scotland

Ancient Martial Arts training in the weaponry of the Japanese Bo, Tonfa, Sai , Nunchaku and Kama under direct instruction from Shuseiki Sadaaki Sakagami. The art is formally known as KOBUDO.

Ronin Karate Club

Ronin Karate Club

Traditional Shito-ryu based style of karate based in Glasgow for nearly 40 years , under direct instruction from Japanese master Sadaaki Sakagami 9th Dan.

Eastbank Community Sport Hub

Eastbank Community Sport Hub

Eastbank Community Hub is a collection of sports clubs brought together in the Eastbank Community.

Eastbank Karate

Eastbank Karate

A Karate club based in Glasgow. British and Scottish Champions, with other international success.

Budo Karate Club

Budo Karate Club

Established in 1992 by Sensei Gordon Gavienas, 7th Dan, Budo Karate Club offers training in traditional and authentic Shotokan Karate within a forward thinking framework. The Club seeks to be welcoming and family-friendly, offering all students the opport

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.