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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)

NO TRAINING ON SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER (due to JKA England Course in Grantham - see below)

Christmas Lunch at Strada, 2 pm Sunday 7 December 2014 - please, no breaking tables!

Christmas closure - Sensei Simon is going high altitude training so the Dojo will close from Thursday 11 December (last lesson) until Tuesday 6 January at 6pm (first lesson in 2015)
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


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!

Special Training at Harpenden JKA on Saturday 15 November with Sarka Petrovicova, 2nd Dan, member of the JKA England Ladies Team

 Harpenden JKA were delighted to welcome Sarka who gave us some special Saturday training for 2 hours.The first hour was for all grades, beginning with a warm up with partner work, dodging and weaving.Sarka then took us through resistance training to make our stepping punch more powerful, and after basic practice we executed katas heian shodan to godan.

The second lesson was for kumite (sparring) practice, especially jiu-ippon kumite with some spirited exchanges.

It was a great morning and everyone appreciated the different training techniques which Sarka introduced to us.

See our Gallery for pictures




Sarka recently competed with the JKA England Team in the 2014 Funakoshi Gichin World Championships in Japan, almost reaching the semi-finals in Kata


JKA England Team win medals at the World JKA Championships in Japan
Harpenden JKA is delighted to announce that the JKA England Ladies Team won a silver medal in kumite (sparring) in the 2014 JKA World Karate Championships in Japan. They were only beaten by Japan! The men's team achieved fourth place in kumite, and our rising star, Junior Squad member Endri Krasniqi, achieved a bronze medal in kumite. The JKA England Squad is proof of the very high quality of karate training which is offered by JKA England under the watchful eye of Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England.


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