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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)


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 - FREE IN JANUARY!
We are delighted to offer new beginners the opportunity to learn karate on Tuesdays, 6-7 pm, free of charge throughout January 2015. 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.....

Special Training Course with Jovan Masalunga of the JKA England Squad, Saturday 7 February 2015 10am - 12 pm
Following our successful special course last year, we are delighted to be welcoming Jovan who will be teaching all grades 10-11 am and black/ brown belts 11-12pm. 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. Make sure you book your place because we may have to limit numbers!

JKA England National All Grades Course at the Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford 11am-2pm Saturday 14th February 2015
What better way to spend St Valentine's Day? Give your loved one your credit card to shop at Westfield while you train, then meet them for lunch after! Orange to purple/ white belts pay only £5 (half price) and this is a great opportunity to learn from different JKA England Senseis. Essential training for black/ brown belts who should bring gumshield & mitts.

Training & grading at Tairyoku, Bierton, near Aylesbury on Sunday 22nd February 2015
Brown/ black belt training 10am-12pm, followed by other grades and the grading from about 1.30 pm. Ask Sensei if you will be eligible to grade.

Training & grading at Stevenage JKA, Barclay School, Stevenage SG1 3RB on Saturday 21st March 2015
Brown/ black belt training 10am-12pm, followed by other grades and the grading from about 1.30 pm. Ask Sensei if you will be eligible to grade.

Other news........

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