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 (red 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



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 (5th 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


Learn Karate with Harpenden JKA Karate Club - SPRING SPECIAL OFFER!
We are delighted to offer new beginners the opportunity to learn karate on Tuesdays, 6-7 pm, TWO CONSECUTIVE LESSONS free of charge. Just turn up with track suit bottoms and t shirt. You will learn how to punch, kick, and block and how to perform Kihon Kata - a sequence of techniques simulating attack and defence against several opponents. (Sorry - minimum age 7 years old!) Contact Sensei Simon to reserve your place!

A busy schedule of training for the next few months.....

Training & grading with Sensei Adel Ismail, 5th Dan Head of JKA England, at Stevenage JKA, Barclay School, Stevenage SG1 3RB on Saturday 21st March 2015
After vigorous training with Sensei Adel, nine Harpenden JKA students were tested for their next belts at the grading at JKA Stevenage. We are delighted to report that all students passed their grades. Sensei Simon was particularly pleased with Greg and Nathan who gained their 1st kyu grades - he commented "Now the really hard work begins as we train towards black belts for Nathan and Greg".

JKA England International Karate Course at K2, Crawley, West Sussex, 1-4 May 2015
JKA England invites senior international karate instructors to K2 to pass on their deep knowledge of karate. All grades are welcome. Essential training for black/ brown belts who should bring gumshield & mitts. Full details will be on the JKA England website very soon

Other news........

Special Training Course with Jovan Masalunga, 3rd Dan, of the JKA England Squad, Saturday 7 February 2015
Following our successful special course last year, we were delighted to welcome Jovan to our Club. Jovan has an enviable tournament kumite (sparring) record at home - 4 gold medals in the National JKA Championships - and internationally, including being member of the JKA England Men's Team which achieved fourth place in the JKA World Championships last October. Jovan was with us for 2 hours - read all about it on Sensei's Training Blog.

Adam Goodchild gains Second Dan at JKA England Grading at Grantham

Adam has been training at Harpenden JKA for the past three months. He joined JKA England a couple of years ago having gained shodan with another organisation, so he was eligible to take his JKA second dan. We are delighted to announce that he was successful at the JKA England Grading at Grantham on 6 December.


Training & Grading with Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6th Dan, at Stevenage on Saturday, 22nd November 2014

Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6th Dan, visited JKA Stevenage to take a pre-grading lesson and then grade students. We are delighted that Olivia and Shantel passed their green belts and Maddie passed her purple belt. All showed good spirit, well done!

Forthcoming events... Brown belts are especially encouraged to attend the JKA England National courses - you are very close to achieving a Black Belt so now is the time to train hard!

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