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How to affiliate your club to the Karate Union of Great Britain


Joining the KUGB as a club

Clubs may apply for affiliation of the KUGB by contacting the KUGB Administration Office or by completing the Online Club Affiliation Form (see the 'Links' section below).

The minimum grade for a regular KUGB Instructor is lst Dan. This is in order to maintain a high technical standard. In certain cases an exception can be made to this rule, on application to the Technical Committee, via the Affiliation Officer.

In the case of a club transferring from another Shotokan organisation, all members will be allowed to retain their present grade but must re-grade within 12 months of the transfer and be assessed for their KUGB standard. They will be awarded an appropriate grade, which could be the same grade, a lower grade or the next grade up. They will then continue grading with the KUGB within the usual time scales.

In the case of a club transferring from another style organisation, members may retain their grade for a maximum of twelve months but must take advice from a senior KUGB instructor or a grading examiner before taking a KUGB grading.

Karateka of 3rd Dan and above who wish to transfer to the KUGB will be advised by the Technical Committee regarding their integration into the KUGB grading system.

Benefits of membership to the KUGB

Clubs and their members enjoy many benefits, for information on some of these benefits please click here.

Information for club members

Information is regularly emailed or posted to KUGB clubs as well as being displayed on this website. This includes minutes of Executive and General Meetings, lists of events and various memos. The club members will have access to this information through the club secretary, club notice boards, and bulletins and of course via this website.

Links to the Club Affiliation Form

The online club affiliation/renewal form will be made available in the next week or two. Until the final tests of the club affiliation system and training of the KUGB Admin staff are complete, please contact the KUGB for forms.

Use the above link to access the online affiliation form. This is the preferred method as it ensures the information is as accurate as possible before the form is submitted for payment. This assists the KUGB Affiliation Officer to process your application faster and get your club affiliated more quickly.

Payments made online are processed through secure PayPal servers. Having a PayPal™ account is optional and your credit/debit card details are not transmitted to the KUGB.

Manual (hand-written) Form

While a manual form is available from the KUGB Affiliation Officer, to be completed by hand and posted back with your payment, the above online form is the preferred method as it ensures the information we receive about you and your club is more accurate and thorough. Consequently visitors to the KUGB website looking for Shotokan Karate clubs in your area will be much better informed about your club.

When paying by cheque or Postal order these should be made payable to KUGB.


Joining the KUGB as an individual

We also have more information about joining the KUGB as an individual, and it's benefits.