McGill Karateka was created to facilitate McGill students’ access to Shotokan-style karate training. Through safe and inclusive trainings focused on katas (forms), kumite (sparring), and kihon (techniques), as well as karate related social events, the Club has the goal to encourage student networking as well as to improve physical and mental health. The Club provides access to grading examinations to grow in ranks as a karateka, and access to material ordering such as karategis (karate wear), belts, and kumite gear. Moreover, information on the art of karate will be made easily accessible to all interested students. The Club promotes the philosophy of karate, which puts forward the ideas of seeking perfection of character, faithfulness, endeavour, respect, and abstention from violence. Through participation in the Club’s karate trainings, students will work to improve and maintain their physical fitness by performing cardiovascular, endurance and other different types of exercises. Our members will benefit from other positive impacts of exercise such as reducing stress and gaining self-confidence.