Welcome to CUKBS

CUKBS is a society for members of all abilities, from complete beginners to those with several years of training and fight experience. Each year around half of the club start as beginners with a specially-designed introductory course that teaches the basics. Advanced members are welcome to join our additional weekly sparring sessions straight away. The club is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn self defence, compete in fights against other universities, or simply improve their fitness in a fun and effective way.

We now have over 70 regular members, more spacious training facilities, and links to other martial arts organisations. In our partnership with CARISMA we have gone from strength to strength and offer some of the most professional and well rounded, and best value-for-money training in Cambridge.

Some members have gone from absolute beginners to being competition standard inside of a year and we have continued to achieve great results for our more experienced fighters; winning four title belts at the British University Championships in the last few years. Fighters competing in the annual Varsity match against Oxford have the opportunity to earn a half Blue.

CUKBS currently offers the opportunity to train anywhere from once to five times a week, with different sessions focusing on techniques, fitness and sparring. The Wednesday and Friday sessions require payment for the session (currently £5) or term (currently £35). Monday sparring is courtesy of CARISMA. Fitness-only sessions are free for all. Non-beginners sessions (Monday and Friday) are aimed at those who have completed our 3 week beginners’ course, or have previous experience in a striking martial art (e.g. Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai).