Your SEO optimized title If you want to learn karate, come & train with Harpenden JKA Karate Club. We are affiliated to the world renowned Japan Karate Association which is proudly "Keeper of Karate's Highest Tradition". Browse our website & call Sensei Simon now to discuss the benefits of training with Harpenden JKA. 

Harpenden JKA trains on Tuesdays 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm (beginners)
                                     Tuesdays 7.05 pm to 8.35 pm (experienced)
                                     Thursdays 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm (beginners, juniors, & improvers)
                                     Thursdays 7.05 pm to 8.35 pm (intermediate/ advanced students)
                                     Saturdays 10.00 am to 11.00 am (orange belts and above)

- Normal training Tuesday/ Thursday 26/28 April, 6-7 & 7-8.30 pm;
- NO training Saturday 30 April;
- FROM 3 May to 12 May inclusive, Sensei Tony will teach ALL grades from 7-8 pm and purple belts upwards 8-8.30 pm;
- Saturday 7 May & 14 May Sensei Tony 10-11 am;

(Sensei Simon is away from 29 April to 16 May)

The Dojo is on the First Floor at Batford Methodist Church, Lower Luton Road, Harpenden AL5 5AH, nearly opposite Tesco Express and with free parking opposite the Malta pub in Southview Road (see the map on the left below). Enquiries are always welcome - click here to get in touch

NEW CLASS: KARATE FOR WOMEN every Thursday: see Karate for Women

Future events (see full details below)

 29 April - 2 May JKA England International Course K2, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
 14 May Karate demonstration Salvation Army Fete, Leyton Green, Harpenden
 5 June JKA England National Course Bath University, Bath, BA2 7AY
 12 June Training & grading at TSKC, 1pm Bierton Sports Centre, HP22 5AS
 25 June JKA England National Championships  K2, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
 26 June Karate demonstration & stall Larks in the Park, Batford, Harpenden


Sensei Simon Marchant-Jones, 3rd Dan,
(third from left) is the Club Instructor and the club is affiliated to JKA England which is led by Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan, Chief Instructor. In the picture, left to right, is also Sensei Roy Tomlin (6th Dan), Sensei Gary Stewart (6th Dan), & Sensei Adel Ismail (6th Dan), senior instructors in the JKA.

JKA England is the Representative Body in England of the world renowned Japan Karate Association (JKA). JKA England maintains the highest standards of karate and holds regular National and International courses to keep students and instructors up to date with the latest development of karate techniques. The video below was filmed at the JKA England Autumn International Course at K2, Crawley in September 2015. It demonstrates the great quality of karate available to members of JKA England.

Sensei Simon trains every week at Sensei Ohta's London dojo Oasis SKC to maintain his personal fitness and hone his karate skills.

Beginners information: please click here for guidance how to start training at Harpenden JKA.

Non JKA Members: if you have trained with a Club which is not in the JKA and are considering joining us, please see our Frequently asked questions page. You'll be very welcome!

Sensei Simon will be pleased to answer any questions you have on 07956678118 or get in touch with our contact form


Forthcoming events:

Friday 29 April - Monday 2 May JKA England International Course at K2, Crawley RH11 9BQ. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from JKA International Masters - Senseis Kawawada (8th Dan), Hanzaki (7th Dan), Hirayama (6th Dan), and Ohta (7th Dan). No other karate organisation in England can offer such high level expertise and training. A must, especially for brown belts hoping to progress to Shodan later in the year or future. Tickets are available in advance from the JKA England website (click here)


Grading Results - Saturday 12 March at Stevenage JKA with Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6 Dan
Another great effort by Harpenden JKA students resulted in orange belts for Emma, Mike, and Chris, purple belts for Tymon and Adam, and brown belts for Lynda and Shantel. Well done!


Grading Results - Sunday 6 March at Tairyoku Grading with Sensei Gary Stewart, 6 Dan,
Many congratulations to Alec, Emma, and Sadie (Orange), Alex, Diane, Henry, Ollie, Tahra and Zac (Red), and Thomas (Yellow). More pictures on our Gallery page.

Special lesson with Sensei Mohammed Salih, Gold Medal JKA England Champion, on Saturday 5th March
We were delighted to welcome Sensei Mohammed who gave 2 lessons at Harpenden JKA. Sensei Mohammed is a member of the JKA England Squad. First lesson was a testing combination of defence and counter with partners, and the black and brown belts were given great tips on speed, focus, and kata. Sensei demonstrated Bassai Dai for us, giving an insight how to bring "personality" to our Kata. See the Gallery page for more photos

JKA England National Course at the Olympic Park (Copper Box Arena) on Saturday, 9th January 2016 11am to 2pm
Our affiliation with JKA England gives us access to regular National Courses with senior JKA Instructors. This was a great opportunity for everyone to improve their technique. Some 250 members went to the Copper Box Arena for the kata course and the training was truly excellent. See pictures on our Gallery page.

JKA England All Grades Course & Dan Grading at Weston Super Mare - Harpenden JKA Shodan Passes

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Nathan Hampson-Jones and Greg Chojecki passed their Shodans (Black belts) at the Dan Grading on 5th December. Nathan started training with Harpenden JKA in November 2009 as a nine year old, and Greg joined the Club in March 2011. Both students demonstrated their excellent spirit and technique throughout the grading. Nathan and Greg are pictured below wearing their new black belts with Sensei Simon. The article was featured in the Herts Advertiser on 31 December 2015.

Future JKA England National Courses can be seen on the  JKA events page. 

Please see details of our Special Beginners Course on the News Page Beginners are always welcome to join us - our location is on the map to the left; we are close to Luton, St Albans, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. We look forward to welcoming you very soon....

Oss! Sensei Simon