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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)


TUESDAY 19 AUGUST - SPECIAL VISIT TO OHTA SENSEI'S OASIS SKC IN CENTRAL LONDON: we're catching the 18.26 train from Harpenden for the lesson starting at 19.30. Anyone still alive are invited to the nearest Pub to recover before a snooze on the train home. Sorry, adults only!


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 67811807956 678118 or get in touch with our contact form


Saturday 12th July 2014 Training & Grading at JKA Stevenage, Barclay School, Stevenage

Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England, visited Stevenage JKA Karate Club to give training lessons followed by a grading. The pictures can be seen on our Gallery page, and many congratulations go to Mike (9th kyu), George, Isaac, & Tymon (8th kyu), Shantel (7th kyu), Lynda (6th kyu), & Nathan (2nd kyu). Ohta Sensei commented that Shantel had a "nice technique" and Sensei Tony and Sensei Simon both thought Nathan's kata looked sharp.

JKA England International Course at K2, May 2014

Congratulations to Tom Garlich passing his 4th kyu (purple/ white) belt in a grading at K2 during the JKA England International Course. Sensei Tony was on hand to partner Tom for his ippon kumite and they both provided an impressive display of power.

The course was absolutely superb, over 4 days from Friday to Monday. Sensei Simon survived the 4 days and is looking forward to passing on the instruction over the next few weeks to Harpenden JKA students.

Left to right below: Nagatomo Sensei, 6th Dan, Osaka Sensei, 8th Dan, Sensei Simon, and Okuma Sensei, 6th Dan.

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!

JKA England International Course at K2, 26-28 September 2014
Once again, JKA England will hold one of their superb courses at K2 with Ohta Sensei, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England, accompanied by Sawada Sensei, 7th Dan from JKA Belgium, and Shiina Sensei, 7th Dan from JKA Honbu. Watch the video below to appreciate the speed and power of Shiina Sensei......ALL Harpenden JKA black and brown belts should attend this course!

Other 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