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Harpenden JKA trains on Tuesdays  7.00 pm to 8.30 pm (experienced)
                                     Thursdays 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm (beginners, juniors, & improvers)
                                     Thursdays 7.05 pm to 8.40 pm (intermediate/ advanced students).

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 (5th 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 07956 678118 or get in touch with our contact form


Harpenden JKA Students perform well at the Grading at JKA Stevenage on Saturday 15 March 2014
After a hard lesson from Sensei Gary Stewart, 5th Dan JKA Instructor and JKA England team coach, 11 Harpenden students passed their next belts. Well done Evie, Mo, George, and Shakeel (orange belts), George and Leo (red belts), Lynda, Olivia, and Adam (yellow belts), Maddie (green belt), and Greg (brown/ white belt).

Sensei Simon celebrates his 60th Birthday with the class on 4th March


 4 of our brown belt students and our shodan, Sensei Tony, trained on Tuesday 4th March. It happened to be Sensei's 60th birthday, so in celebration each technique was performed 60 times. In the hour and half, we counted 1,560 techniques and finished with 60 sit-ups. Sensei Simon said "It was a great session; everyone worked to their maximum with full spirit. I'm looking forward to my 70th birthday!".

Thank you Greg, Rohan, James, Jack, and Tony

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

Friday 2nd May to Monday 5th May JKA England International Course at K2, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9BQ
Another great opportunity to train with some of the World's best karate instructors. Osaka Sensei, 8th Dan, Okuma Sensei, 6th Dan, Nagatomo Sensei, 6th Dan, and of course the JKA England Chief Instructor Ohta sensei, 7th Dan. See the full details on the JKA England website here
All grades are welcome and the course is essential training for all brown belts

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