Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB)

The KUGB - Karate Union of Great Britain - is a democratic body controlled by its membership and operates under an approved constitution. All positions on its committees are elected at the Annual General Meeting by its members. Its fully audited accounts are presented annually for approval by the AGM.

The KUGB is affiliated to European (ESKA) and World (WSKA) Shotokan Karate Bodies. It has clubs established in many Sports Centres, Universities and Schools. The KUGB has currently around 7,000 male and female members of all ages, several hundred of whom enjoy special Long-Standing Membership status, having trained with the KUGB for between twenty and forty five years.

Can anyone train with the KUGB?

Karate can be practiced by men, women and children. Our students range from the very young - 5 is the youngest age because of insurance restrictions - to senior citizens. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train at Karate. Karate students will improve their health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers continually report on the improvement in the behaviour of children who train regularly at KUGB clubs. This is because of our disciplined training structure and our Code of Conduct. The KUGB has worked with many establishment bodies over the years to develop standards and guidelines to help ensure that its instructors teach in a safe and professional manner.

These include:

 An Instructor Qualification Programme approved by the Open College Network.

 Tailored First Aid guidelines approved by the Red Cross.

 Guidelines for teaching children developed with the Child Protection in Sport Unit..

 A Karate Syllabus for GCSE and A/AS Level in Physical Education..

 An approved facility for its members to be DBS (CRB) checked..

 An approved Kite Mark for Clubs


Kyoshin Shotokan Karate Club is affiliated to the KUGB.