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)
NB: No training on Thursday Thursday 3 December (see below, special visit to Stevenage), and Saturday 5 December


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 (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 visit to Stevenage JKA Karate Club on Thursday 3rd December to train with Ogane Sensei, 3rd Dan Graduate of the famous JKA Honbu Instructors' Course

Harpenden JKA Students will be visiting Stevenage JKA to train with Ogane Sensei, who is visiting the UK in early December. This will be a superb opportunity to train with a top class instructor from Japan. All grades train from 6.00 to 7.00 pm, and experienced students train from 7.00 to 8.00 pm. We'll be organizing car shares for the evening in the next few weeks. Don't miss it!


JKA England All Grades Course & Dan Grading at Weston Super Mare, 11 am Saturday 5th December 2015
Featuring Ogane Sensei, 3rd Dan Instructor visiting from JKA Honbu, & Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England. All grades are welcome, especially Kyu grades, at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, Weston-Super-Mare BS22 8LY

Harpenden JKA Karate Club Christmas Lunch at Strada, Harpenden, on Sunday 13th December at 2 pm.
It's a Karate Party! Children, adults, parents, guardians, and loved ones are welcome to join us. Ask Sensei for the menu so that you can pre-book your lunch. £5 deposit per adult please.

Special Christmas visit to Ohta Sensei's Oasis SKC Karate Club for 7.30 pm on Tuesday 15th December 2015.
Once again, we will be travelling to London for 1.5 hours training at Ohta Sensei's Club Oasis SKC . Those still alive will crawl to the nearest hostelry to recover before catching the train home.


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!

Grading Results - Saturday 7th November 2015 at JKA Stevenage, The Barclay School, Walkern Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3RB

Following our success at TSKC, four Harpenden JKA students worked hard at Stevenage JKA Karate Club's grading with Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6th Dan of the JKA England Technical Committee. Tahra and Henry passed their 9th kyu (orange belt), Thomas passed his red belt, and Tymon passed his green belt. They were all a credit to Harpenden JKA, showing a good standard of spirit and concentration.

Grading Results - Sunday 1st November 2015 at TSKC, Bierton Sports Centre, Bierton, Bucks HP22 5AS

Many congratulations to Alex, Olli, Diane, Michelle, and Zak for passing their 9th kyu (orange belts) after a tough lesson from Sensei Gary Stewart, 6th Dan, of the Technical Committee of JKA England. The Herts Advertiser published an article on their success, as you can see below.

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