Stevenage Karate Club prides itself on being a friendly and supportive enviornment for students to train, improve and make friends. We are rooted in the traditions of Shotokan karate and are proud to be affiliated with Japan Karate Association England (JKA England).
We take great care to provide students with a tailored approach to karate that takes into account their strengths and any difficulties they may face.
Japan Karate Association England (JKAE) is a non-profit association located in England and Wales. It is associated with the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in Japan, which is one of the world’s most prestigious, oldest, and largest Shotokan Karate organisations.
Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta (7th Dan) serves as Chief Instructor, and the Executive and Technical Committees provide administrative and practical guidance to JKA England.
Shotokan Karate, a revered martial art with Japanese origins, embodies a harmonious blend of discipline, technique, and philosophy. Characterized by its emphasis on powerful and controlled movements, Shotokan Karate centers around developing the body, mind, and spirit in unison. Practitioners engage in precise and fluid motions, often executed in formal patterns called katas, which encompass a series of choreographed movements that simulate real-life self-defense scenarios. These techniques are underpinned by a foundation of respect, humility, and continuous self-improvement. Through rigorous training, Shotokan Karate not only equips individuals with self-defense skills but also cultivates mental clarity, physical endurance, and an unwavering sense of character.