Japan Karate Association  Marlow
Our Story

JKA England is a member of the JKA global organisation and is led by Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta 7th Dan - Chief Instructor.

The JKA is the preserver of the soul & spirit of the art of Kokufu-Bunkakarate-Do-Karate based on the ancient Japanese tradition of Bushido (the way of the Samurai).

 Our mission is to promote this way of Karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.
What is Shotokan?
Shotokan is the name of the style or system of karate practiced by JKA, it literally means ‘House of Shoto’ which was our founder, Funakoshi Gichin Shihan’s calligraphy pen name and became the name of the first official dojo in Tokyo in 1939.

JKA is the recognised heir to Shotokan Karate tradition and is the only legal Karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members Shadan Hojin for the promotion of Karate.
What is Karate?
Karate means ‘Empty hand’ and is a traditional Japanese system of self-defense.
Karate offers many benefits beyond the physical aspects of aerobic conditioning, body strengthening and flexibility.

Karate training is firmly rooted in etiquette and respect and instills in its practitioners
  • Discipline
  • Control
  • Confidence
Training with the JKA

The JKA are the world's foremost authority on Karate.
With vast membership in 100+ countries, the JKA is the world's largest & most prestigious karate organisation.

Karate benefits the practitioner both physically and mentally. In order to improve at karate, practice is required.
JKA training comprises 3 areas of practice:
  •  KIHON:  basic or fundamental training in all movements
  •  KATA:  predetermined movement patterns
  •  KUMITE:  sparring with an opponent

Training Frequency

It is recommended that you attend training at least twice a week. As with any activity, the greater the effort put in, the better the result achieved.

Arrive early, bring a water bottle and above all, have fun!

JKA Marlow trains on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
At Marlow JKA Dojo you can train, learn and meet friends for life