Learn authentic Shotokan karate as directed by the Japan Karate Association. Shiranamikai is affiliated to The Japan Karate Association in England, with Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan as its Chief Instructor. Established in 2009, we are looking forward to our 10th anniversary in January 2019!
Come and join our karate classes in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and Stanmore. Sessions are open to the public and continue throughout school holidays.
Beginners are welcome to join at any time. There is no need to pre-book, just arrive in good time before the lesson is due to begin. Comfortable clothing that will allow a free-range of movement, such as tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, is recommended for the first few lessons. We train barefoot and all jewellery must be removed before the class starts. Our sessions are suitable for both children (age 7 years and above) and adults.
Classes are taught by Austin Biesty 3rd Dan JKA, a registered instructor with The Japan Karate Association in England who has more than 20 years experience. Read more…
Perhaps you are new to martial arts and thinking about trying karate, have had a break from training for a few years, or just looking to join a new club. Whatever your motivation, if you find your way to a Shiranamikai dojo, you’ll be most welcome
Austin Biesty, Instructor
Lessons always start with warm-up exercises and stretching. JKA karate comprises kihon (basic techniques), kata (forms) and kumite (partner work) taught in equal measure. A typical session may incorporate one or all of these elements, as well as other exercises designed to increase overall fitness. Read more about what we do in class…
Lessons cost £7, payable before the start of each class. After you have attended three lessons, if you wish to continue training with us you will need to join The Japan Karate Association in England. Membership costs £25 per year and you can apply easily online…
Lesson times and locations
Saturdays, 4pm at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Sundays, 10am at North London Collegiate School, Stanmore
Tuesdays, 6.30pm at the O2 Centre, Finchley Road
Wednesdays, 7pm at Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill.
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Once you have attended a few lessons, you should start thinking about purchasing a karate suit. Speak to your instructor who can advise you on the most appropriate choice. The price of an entry-level suit starts at around £35 for children or £45 for teens and adults. Read more about the different suit options…
Levels, gradings and belts
JKA karate has a grading system whereby different coloured belts are used to denote progress. Practical exams are held every 3 months but your instructor will advise you of when you are ready to grade. Gradings cost £30. Details of the different belt colours we use to indicate progress can be found here…
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