Karate - Martial Arts

Summer School

13 - 20 August


Summer School is a week of challenging practice and excellent atmosphere, a chance to meet and train with some of the most skilled and experienced practitioners of the art.

With up to three practices a day, six days in a row, you can develop your karate dramatically.

Combined with the social events, including a final formal dinner and ceilidh, you will also have the chance to forge lasting friendships and fond memories. Many kyu grades also emerge from Summer School with a well-deserved new belt.

This Summer School is also especially significant. The Friday will include a memorial for KDS founder Sensei Mitsusuke Harada, who left us in February 2021 after a lifetime of dedication to the art.

We warmly invite your attendance to pay respects, remember, and celebrate the enormous achievements of a rare and impressive man.

For those who have not been practising long, it will also be an opportunity to learn more about the history and spirit of the KDS, and how you can continue Sensei’s legacy with your own practice.

Register before July 14th

The 100

We are so pleased to be resuming this landmark event after the hiatus of the last two years. To mark the occasion, we are aiming for 100 attendees at Summer School 2022. If we meet or exceed this target, one lucky karateka, chosen at random, will find their Summer School costs reimbursed, making their Summer School experience free!

If you have any questions about the experience, talk to your club instructor, or email the organiser at joseph.cooper@cantab.net.


Summer School 2022 will run from 13-20 August 2022.

Arrival is on Saturday 13 for the first practice Sunday morning.

The final practice is on Friday, ready to depart on Saturday 20, following the final formal dinner. 

There are 2-3 practices a day, culminating in a final practice on Friday morning. Sessions typically last for 2 hours.


Summer School comes with discounted rates for students and first-timers.

Extra nights and part-time attendance can be arranged.

Black belts, full course
Concessions and coloured belts
£280 - a special newcomers' rate for your first summer school!


A welcome meeting on the Saturday will help you settle in and make sure you have all the information you need. This is followed by a buffet, giving you the chance to catch-up and meet everyone.

There is a social, including food, on the Tuesday night, to reward you for getting through the tiring start to the week. Share the successes of your practices and stretch your aching legs.

This year, on Friday afternoon, there is a memorial event for Harada Sensei celebrating his legacy and extraordinary life.

The usual formal dinner is held on the Friday evening, celebrating our achievements.

Bring your black tie attire and dancing shoes.


As in previous years, Summer School 2022 is hosted by the University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ. Accommodation, sports hall, and social events are all conveniently on campus.

We are accommodated in Turing Court, high-quality student halls giving the perfect mixture of privacy and conviviality. Accommodation is self-catering, although cooking equipment, cutlery etc. is provided. For those so inclined, we frequently foray into Canterbury. There is also a team of on-site sports massage therapists whom we invite especially for the event.

The practices are located at the university sports centre, a short walk across campus from Turing Court.

University of Kent