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Club Details: Southampton University

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Chief Instructor

Tony Lima, 5th Dan


Stephen Philip Hope, 5th Dan
Gavin Alexander Rothwell, 5th Dan
Jacob Letterstedt Smit, 3rd Dan
Edward Beale, 3rd Dan

About the Club

The Southampton University KDS Karate Club was founded by Steve Hope, the longest serving member of the KDS in the UK, who was recently awarded an honorary degree by Southampton University for his services to the club.

SUKDS has now been in existence for well over 40 years and is one of the strongest in the UK's KDS organisation. The club hosts a number of international courses during the year and members regularly travel to other courses around the country. There are also opportunities to travel to international courses, recent club trips have included Spain, Finland & Estonia.

Normal club sessions are led by the club's senior instructor Gavin Rothwell (5th Dan) and several other black belt instructors. For the Friday night senior practice we are lucky enough to have both Tony Lima (5th Dan) and Steve Hope (5th Dan), both members of the KDS technical executive committee. The training atmosphere is friendly and informal, and there are regular social events organised throughout the year.




University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ.

Training Details

Practice times/venues:
Tuesday 17:30 - 19:30 Activities Room
 09:00 - 11:00 Activities Room
18:30 - 20:00 Martial Arts Room (Seniors by invitation only)


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