Woman and man practising kicking in taekwondo

Taekwondo and Karate Club

Join our club for all your martial arts needs, learn self defence and compete

Typically our martial arts forms do not mix although there are similarities but we've joined forces, because we're stronger together. For those new to martial arts Taekwondo is typically characterised by high kicks, spinning kicks and point scoring kicks above waist height. It's been an Olympic sport since 2000 and has gone from strength to strength. Karate has similarities in that it uses kicks, but also includes knee strikes, punching and elbow strikes to earn points. Karate was due to make it's debut as an Olympic sport in 2020, but will have to wait.

Although you may think we're all about kicking and punching, we're a friendly club, dedicated and focussed and the perfect club to learn a new skill or take your training to the next level. We do however, like kicking and punching too we just do it in a friendly, inclusive welcoming way.

Club membership - 22/23

You can join our club for the second half of the academic year for £55, this includes fixtures, travel and training sessions.

Training Sessions at Ravelin Sports Centre

  • Monday 8.00pm-10.30pm
  • Friday 8.30pm-10.30pm


Regular BUCS competitions against other university athletes, hosted in Ravelin Sports Centre and at other universities.

Memberships to join our clubs for the 22/23 year are now open. Please note: for some clubs you would have needed to attend trials before purchasing a membership.

Photo of Volleyball team in huddle at multi sport court - Ravelin Activities

PLAY Sessions

Lots of our clubs offer PLAY sessions, a more casual way to play without committing to a year membership. PLAY sessions are included with your Ravelin Sports Centre membership!

The sports included are:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo and Karate
  • Trampolining
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Get involved!

LGBTQ+ sports club guidance

We welcome all students to take part in non-competitive sports and we recognise the health and wellbeing benefits of being active. Competitive sports are bound by specific policies governed by the sport's National Governing Body which may be less inclusive. Please find below inclusion guidance for our club.

Mixed-gender Club Trans-gender Club Non-binary Club Gender-queer Club
Yes Partially Yes Yes
Taekwondo: Testing and medical examinations may be required. Transgender individuals can compete in their affirmed gender groups if all conditions are met.
Karate: Transgender individuals will only be denied the right to compete if deemed unsafe or unfair. An individual must declare their status in order to uphold the FairPlay objective. Students are encouraged to contact the club and TeamUOP@port.ac.uk to discuss this.

Play: Yes - anyone can take part in our Play sessions if you hold the relevant membership.

Train: Fully Inclusive

Compete: Fully inclusive - Testing and medical examinations may be required. Transgender individuals will only be denied the right to compete if deemed unsafe or unfair.

Check out the full guidance on World Taekwondo.