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)

NB: No training from Tuesday 23 February to Saturday 27 February. Training resumes as normal from Tuesday 1st March 6pm.
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)

 28 February, 11am to 2pm  JKA England National Course & Dan grading  Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, NG31 7XQ
 5 March, 10am to 12pm  Sensei Mohammed Special Course  Batford Dojo, AL5 5AH
 6 March, 1pm  Grading at TSKC  Bierton HP22 5AS
 12 March, 10am  Grading at Stevenage JKA  Barclay School, SG1 3RB


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


Special training with Sensei Mohammed Salih, Gold Medal JKA England Champion, on Saturday 5th March, 10am - 12pm
We are delighted to announce that Sensei Mohammed will provide two training sessions. 10-11am for all grades, and 11-12pm for black/ brown belts. Sensei Mohammed is a member of the JKA England Squad and has a superb record of success in Kata and Kumite

Forthcoming gradings:

Sunday 6 March at Tairyoku , Bierton, near Aylesbury, HP22 5AS. Training for all grades from 1pm with Sensei Gary Stewart, 6 Dan, followed by grading.

Saturday 12 March at Stevenage JKA , Barclay School, Walkern Road, Stevenage SG1 3RB. Training from 10 am (black/ brown belts) and 12 pm (coloured belts) followed by grading with Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6 Dan.


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 is a great opportunity for everyone to improve their technique. Some 250 members went to the Copper Box Arena for a kata course on 9 January, and the training was truly excellent. Pictures will be posted on our Gallery page very soon.

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.

After school Karate at Grove School, Harpenden

Sensei Simon has been invited by Fusion Child Care Services to teach karate after school at Grove. The sessions are going well, and Sensei Simon is looking forward to ten new black belts in 2020!

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