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)

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)

 5 June JKA England National Course Bath University, Bath, BA2 7AY
 12 June Training & grading at TSKC, 1pm Bierton Sports Centre, HP22 5AS
 18 June Special Training with Rachel O'Halloran, JKA Ladies Team 10-12 am Batford Dojo
 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. 

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:

Sunday 5 June 2016 at 11 am JKA England National All Grades course at Bath University
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)

Saturday 18 June 10am to 12 pm - Special lesson with Rachel O'Halloran, Silver medal winner of the JKA European Championships
We are delighted to welcome Sensei Rachel to take a kata and kumite lesson in our Dojo. All grades training from 10 to 11 am, followed by black/ brown belt training 11am to 12pm.
The lesson is open to our friends from other JKA England Clubs. Only £5 per lesson.

In the JKA European Championships in Dublin in April this year Rachel won a silver medal in Kumite & was in the Senior Ladies Team winning a silver medal in Team Kumite.

Rachel has been in the JKA England team for many years and competes internationally both as an individual and a member of the Senior Ladies Team. 



Harpenden JKA Karate Demonstration at the Salvation Army Fete, Harpenden, 14 May 2016
We were delighted to be asked to give a demonstration in Harpenden at the Salvation Army Fete. Sensei Simon was sunning himself in Scotland but Sensei Tony drilled everyone to give an impressive display of JKA karate at the Fete. More pictures on our Gallery page.

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

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