Shiranamikai teaches authentic Shotokan karate as directed by The Japan Karate Association. In conjunction with the Japan Karate Association in England, we offer regular structured classes in a positive environment and provide opportunities for members to attend instructional training camps, courses, gradings and competitions, with access to world class instructors visiting from Japan and around the world.

The name Shira-nami-kai is made up of three Japanese kanji characters: 白 Shiro (white) and 波 Nami (wave) which taken together means a breaker wave, and 会 Kai (club).

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.


Classes are taught by Austin Biesty 4th Dan JKA who has been studying karate for more than 20 years and is registered with The Japan Karate Association in England. Instructors with JKA England, in conjunction with the English Karate Federation, are required to conform to the highest standards, and are expected to, as a minimum:

  • Be Black Belt-Graded by The Japan Karate association
  • Have Enhanced Vetting by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Have undertaken a First Aid Course
  • Hold Public Liability Insurance
  • Have participated in a Safeguarding Course
  • Be a JKA England-Qualified Instructor
  • Hold a JKA England Coaching Licence

The result of true karate is natural, effortless action, and the confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through the perfect unity of mind and body. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido and the JKA’s karate philosophy.


Shotokan karate

Karate uses a range of blocks, punches and kicks. We teach Shotokan karate, introduced into the Japanese education system from Okinawa in 1922 by Funakoshi Gichin. Funakoshi Sensei is widely regarded as The Father of Modern Day Karate and Shotokan is now one of the most popular and recognised styles in the world.

The Japan Karate Association

Shiranamikai is affiliated to The Japan Karate Association in England, with Ohta Yoshinobu Sensei 7th Dan as the association’s Chief Instructor in this country.