2018 All-Ireland Open Martial Arts Intervarsities 27/01/2018

Together with UCC Taekwondo club and UCC Kickboxing club, UCC Karate club is psyched to be hosting the All-Ireland Open Martial Arts Intervarsity Championships at UCC’s Mardyke Arena on Saturday January 27th, 2018.

‌‌This is a fantastic opportunity for folks in the disciplines of Karate, Taekwondo, and Kickboxing to compete with college clubs of different disciplines, examine the strengths and weaknesses of their chosen art, and compete in the fundamental principals underpinning all martial arts. The compromise rules are drawn from a foundation of Karate and Taekwondo originally, but have been enhanced year by year with input from Kickboxing practitioners.

As with every year, this Open Martial Arts Intervarsity promises to be a fun-filled, enlightening day of traditional styles of martial arts at their best, with great craic and banter to be had to boot.

Please let us know if you wish to attend via a quick email.

* Please note this webpage is still being developed, text in italics is awaiting clarifications from the event organisers. Cheers for your understanding on this 🙂


‌The competition will be held in UCC’s UCC’s Mardyke Arena. ‌See this map for directions.

UCC’s Mardyke Arena has full shower/changing facilities available.

Address: Mardyke Arena, Mardyke Sports Grounds, Mardyke Walk, Western Road, Cork City.

Should you have any problems finding the course venues, or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Rory.


Saturday January 27th, 2018.

Registration & Pricing:

€25 per person *** (covers entrance fee for 1 to 4 individual events).
€15 per 3 person male & female sparring/kumite team event.

*** Entrance fee is €5 extra for individuals for registration on the day. Please have the exact €25 or €30 ready on the day as change may not be available. Registrations received before Dec. 15th are exempt from this fee.


General categories are as follows:

  • Individual sparring
  • Continuous sparring
  • Team individual sparring
  • Team continuous sparring
  • Individual kata / patterns
  • Destruction

For sparring categories, the weight divisions will be devised as soon as the registrations are in.

Detailedcategory listings can be found in the Competition Rules.


Rules are available as a downloadable pdf – 2018 UCC Open Martial Arts Intervarsity – Rules.

Should you require any clarifications, please email UCC Karate Club with your query or raise it at the Referees meeting on the day (some advance notice of queries would be very much appreciated).


The competition in UCC’s UCC’s Mardyke Arena, home of UCC’s martial arts activities. ‌See this map for directions.

Parking: – UCCKC are making arrangements to facilitate competitor parking near the event venue. Further information will be distributed once agreements are finalised.

Accomodation: – Cork has many hostels and hotels to choose from. Here are a few hostel suggestions clubs visiting UCC have used in the past. Check out:

Changing facilities: The Mardyke Arena is fully equiped with showers/changing rooms and facilities.

Lunches/food: There is a Cafe based in the Mardyke Arena, which serves a wide range of snacks and beverages. There is also a centra nearby (5 minute walk). See the event map for details of the nearest places to grab a snack.

Nearest cash machine: The nearest ATM machine is at AIB bank at the junction of Western Road and Carrigrohane road. See the event map.

Evening Celebrations:

The event’s ents chiefs have arranged for everyone to meet at the The Woolshed in the Mardyke Entertainment Complex at 20:00 hrs following the event, for some lighthearted food and refreshments.

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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

via the event’ Facebook page.

Email us at:

UCC Karate Club, Cork (karate@uccclubs.ie)