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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: No training on Saturday 10 October 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). 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


Next Grading - Sunday 1st November 2015 at TSKC, Bierton Sports Centre, Bierton, Bucks HP22 5AS
Not long to go! Sensei Gary Stewart, 6th Dan, who helps to train the JKA England Squad, will hold a pre-grading training lesson (Purple to Black belts 10-11 am, other grades 12.30 - 1.30 pm) followed by the grading examination. Ask Sensei Simon for more details and if you are eligible to grade.

Nathan, 1st Kyu student at Harpenden JKA, went to New York this Summer and took the opportunity to train at JKA New York
This summer, I was lucky enough to go to the USA. During my time there, I spent a week in New York. As I'm building up to hopefully taking my 1st Dan later in the year, I wanted to keep up with my training. I contacted the JKA NYC, whose senior instructor is Sensei Mori (9th Dan), via email and they kindly invited me to attend an advanced training session.
I trained at the Dojo that was just off Central Park. Sensei Kariya, 6th Dan, (see picture) took the training session. I really enjoyed the training and the friendliness of those at the Dojo. Whilst there are subtle differences in the Kata (Bassai Dai), what stood out for me was how JKA reaches out around the world. Being at the Dojo felt like being with an extended karate family.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to train at JKA NYC and particularly Sensei Kariya for such brilliant instruction. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to spend in New York where I would definitely have gone to more sessions.

Sensei Kariya, 6th Dan, and Nathan (1st Kyu)

Grading - Saturday 7th November 2015 at JKA Stevenage, The Barclay School, Walkern Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3RB
For those who missed the grading on 1st Nov, Sensei Roy Tomlin, 6th Dan, from the JKA England Technical Committee, will hold a pre-grading training lesson (Brown & Black belts 10-12 pm, other grades 12 - 1 pm) followed by the grading examination. Ask Sensei Simon for more details and if you are eligible to grade.

Harpenden JKA students went to the JKA England Autumn International Course at K2 in September 2015
Twice a year JKA England invites senior JKA Instructors from around the world (especially Japan) to their International Courses at K2, Crawley. This is always a fantastic opportunity to train with some of the World's best karate instructors - not only excellent karate instructors, but their teaching is backed by a lifetime of devotion to karate backed by an impressive record of tournament wins on the world stage.
In September this year, Sensei Ohta, 7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England, welcomed Imura Sensei, 8th Dan from Japan, and Sawada Sensei, 7th Dan from JKA Belgium.
Harpenden JKA students Adam, Diane, Nathan and Craig visited the course and Sensei Simon was there for all 3 days (since he is Treasurer and deputy Head of JKA England).

Pictured below are the Senior Instructors who were present - Senseis Ismail and Tomlin (JKA England), Sensei Ohta, Sensei Imura, Sensei Sawada, and Sensei Stewart (JKA England). The second picture includes Sensei Simon, Craig, and Nathan on the right.


Harpenden JKA Banner
Look out for our new banner on display outside Batford Methodist Church Hall.

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.


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