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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)

NB: The Dojo is closed until (first day back) Tuesday 1 September Beginners' Class at 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


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. The video below, taken at the recent JKA England Championships, shows you the great spirit we all enjoy as 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


Summer visit to Ohta Sensei's Karate Club Oasis SKC in London, 18 August 2015
Tony, Greg and Sensei Simon caught the train to go and train at Oasis SKC on Tuesday 18th August. It was a humid night and the Dojo was full, which clearly influenced Ohta Sensei's lesson because much of the session was working in threes, defending and countering. There were many variations of punching techniques, moving forwards, backwards, sideways and more as well as kicking.
After Kata practice to count, Greg and Tony with one other were singled out to perform their kata in front of the whole group. Ohta Sensei then gave them feedback on points to improve for their next grading.
As you can see below, it was a very hot session so the beer afterwards was most welcome!

Harpenden JKA Kata and Kumite Team for 2029 Championships
We are planning ahead! Three of our regular students at the club are proud fathers of new borns Emil, Max, and Thomas, all born in the last three weeks! We wish Mums all the best, and we're hoping all three boys will be ready for the Harpenden JKA Team in 2029.

Harpenden JKA students win medals at the JKA England National Championships in June 2015
We are delighted to announce that we have two Kata Champions at Harpenden JKA. Lynda Okwunakwe gained a BRONZE medal in the 4-6 kyu Ladies competition and Tymon Chojecki was awarded a GOLD medal in the children's 7-9 kyu aged 10-12 years category. We are all very proud of their success.


Learn Karate with Harpenden JKA Karate Club - SUMMER SPECIAL OFFER!
We are delighted to offer new beginners the opportunity to learn karate on Tuesdays, 6-7 pm, TWO CONSECUTIVE LESSONS free of charge. 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!

Training and Grading with Sensei Ohta, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England, at Stevenage JKA Karate Club on 11 July 2015
Many congratulations to Thomas (9th kyu), Adam (6th kyu), and Maddie, Lynda, and Shantle (4th kyus). Everyone tried hard, and you know what to work on for next time! Oss!


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