Learn authentic Shotokan karate as taught by the Japan Karate Association. Shiranamikai is affiliated to JKA England, with Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan as its Chief Instructor.
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 but please arrive in good time before the lesson is due to begin. Comfortable clothing 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 classes are suitable for both children (age 7 years and above) and adults.
Classes are taught by JKA England affiliated instructors. Club instructor Austin Biesty 3rd Dan JKA has 20+ years karate 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.
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 JKA England, the karate association that we belong to. Membership costs £25 per year and you can apply easily online…
Lesson times and locations
We teach Saturdays 4pm at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre / Sundays 10am at North London Collegiate School, Stanmore / Tuesdays 6.30pm at O2 Centre Finchley Road / Wednesdays 7pm at Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill. More details and how to find us…
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 a reasonable quality suit starts at around £30 for children or £40 for teens and adults.
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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