Events calendar 2020

In addition to our regular and kids’ classes five days each week, Shiranamikai organises many other events throughout the year, like our popular five-day summer camp at the beginning of August, regular visits by the association’s Chief Instructor, Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan and internal kyu gradings.

Our affiliation with The Japan Karate Association in England affords further opportunities, from competitions to international training camps and expert tuition by guest instructors from The Japan Karate Association’s Headquarters in Tokyo. These are all excellent ways to supplement regular training and are highly recommended.

As a response to the global pandemic, some JKA England events have been placed on hold. Where this is the case, it has been noted as postponed.

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First Training Session of the New Year

Saturday 4th January | 4-5pm Training

Come and join us for the first training of the year. Nothing too strenuous but let’s get the year off to a great start together!

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre


Kata Course & AGM

Saturday 4th January | 11am-2pm Training | 3-6pm AGM

Kata course hosted by JKA England followed by the association AGM.

Cost: £15

University of Hertfordshire: Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, AL10 9EU


Shiranamikai 11th Anniversary

Sunday 5th January | 10-11am Training

Come and join us for training and to celebrate the 11th Anniversary of the club! After the session has finished we can enjoy some cake…

North London Collegiate School

F E B R U A R Y   2 0 2 0

Referee Course

Sunday 2nd February | 11am-1pm Theory | 2-4pm Practical

Referee course hosted by JKA England.

Cost and booking: through your instructor

Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wooldale Road, Northampton, NN4 6TP.
N.B. There are no cafe facilities onsite.


Central England Training Course

Sunday 9th February | 11am-2pm

Course organised by the central region clubs of JKA England.

Cost: £15

Trilogy Health & Fitness, Lings Forum Leisure Centre, Billing Brook Road, Northampton, NN3 8JR


National Course & Dan Grading

Sunday 23rd February | 11am-2pm Training | 3-6pm Grading

Training course and dan grading (up to 3rd Dan) hosted by JKA England.

Cost: £15 training

Darrick Wood Secondary School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, BR6 8EW
N.B. There are no cafe facilities onsite.

M A R C H   2 0 2 0

Special Club Training Session & Kyu Grading

Friday 27th March | 6.30-8pm training | 8-9pm grading POSTPONED

Ohta Sensei will be visiting to deliver one of his excellent training sessions this March. Numbers of attendees will be strictly limited, with priority going to Shiranamikai students, but our JKA England friends are welcome to attend if we have space. Please contact in advance.

After training we’ll be conducting a kyu grading for those who are eligible. Please ensure that your membership is up-to-date and record book completed with a photograph in situ. Place in an envelope together with the grading and training fee, and submit to your instructor at least one week beforehand. If you are joining just for the training you can either prepay or sign-in and pay on the day.

Cost: £12 Training

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

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Easter Saturday Training Session

Saturday 11th April | Training 4-5pm | Eggstra until 5.30pm

We hope to have some non-touchy Easter eggcentricities after the karate class finishes on Easter Saturday. However the situation is currently fluid, not unlike a Creme Egg centre, so stay tuned.

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre


South West England Championship

Saturday 18th April POSTPONED

Competition organised by and for the south west region clubs of JKA England.

IBM, Hursley Park Road, Hursley, Winchester, SO21 2JN


South East England Course

Sunday 19th April | 11am-2pm POSTPONED

Course organised by the south east region clubs of JKA England.

Cost: £15

Darrick Wood Secondary School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, BR6 8EW
N.B. There are no cafe facilities onsite.

M A Y   2 0 2 0

JKA England Spring International Training Camp

Friday 1st May, 5-8pm | Saturday 2nd May, 11am-2pm | Sunday 3rd May, 11am-2pm POSTPONED

Special guest instructors Kurasako Kenro 8th Dan and Shimizu Ryosuke 5th Dan from the Tokyo Sohonbu and Geir Larsen from JKA Norway join Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan for this world-renowned international training camp.

We encourage everybody to attend this three-day course and train with these world class instructors. The Gatwick Arora Hotel is just 5 minutes away and offers a limited number of rooms available at a discounted rate for course attendees.

Costs: £35 Training per day / £90 for all three days (ages 16+)
£25 Training per day / £60 for all three days (ages 15 and below)
Dinner / Party / Karaoke on Sunday evening

K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BQ

J U N E   2 0 2 0

JKA England 2020 National Karate Championship

Saturday 20th June | Arrive 9am | Kata from 10am | Kumite from 2pm | Finals from 4pm POSTPONED

A great opportunity to compete with your clubmates against JKA competitors from across the country. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of healthy snacks. Whether you’d like to participate yourself or just watch, come along and support the club!

Cost: £12 entry for kata or kumite, £20 for both. Team kata by arrangement.

K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BQ


Special Club Training Session & Kyu Grading

Friday 26th June | 6.30-8pm training | 8-9pm grading

Ohta Sensei will be visiting to deliver one of his excellent training sessions this June to which we welcome all our JKA England friends.

After training we’ll be conducting a kyu grading for those who are eligible. Please ensure that your membership is up-to-date and record book completed with a photograph in situ. Place in an envelope together with the grading and training fee, and submit to your instructor at least one week beforehand. If you are joining just for the training you can either prepay or sign-in and pay on the day.

Cost: £12 Training

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

J U L Y   2 0 2 0

A U G U S T   2 0 2 0

Shiranamikai 9th Karate Summer Camp

Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August | 10am-Midday

There’s no need to worry about getting bored over the summer holiday because we’ll be holding our ninth, 5-day summer training camp at the O2 Centre.
As with previous summer camps, this will be a learning and development week with lots of chances to explore techniques and practise applications while learning advanced katas. Students who attend the whole week (on time) will receive a certificate. After training on Friday, we’ll be going out for a club lunch!

Costs: £100 for the week if booked in advance by Saturday 1st August or £22 each day.

O2 Centre, Finchley Road


Shell-a-nami-kai Beach Training

Our beach training sessions have always been tremendous fun whatever the weather. There’s lots to do around training sessions too, with castles, lighthouses and mini railways in the surrounding areas.

S E P T E M B E R   2 0 2 0

JKA England Autumn International Training Camp

Friday 4th September, 5-8pm | Saturday 5th September, 11am-2pm | Sunday 6th September, 11am-2pm

Special guest instructors Imamura Tomio 8th Dan and Izumiya Seizo 7th Dan from the Tokyo Sohonbu, and Sawada Kazuhiro 7th Dan from JKA Belgium join Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan for this year’s second, world-renowned international training camp.

We encourage everybody to attend this three-day course and train with these world class instructors. The Gatwick Arora Hotel is just 5 minutes away and offers a limited number of rooms available at a discounted rate for course attendees.

Costs: £35 Training per day / £90 for all three days (ages 16+)
£25 Training per day / £60 for all three days (ages 15 and below)

K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BQ


Special Club Training Session & Kyu Grading

Friday 25th September | 6.30-8pm training | 8-9pm grading

Ohta Sensei will be visiting to deliver one of his excellent training sessions this September to which we welcome all our JKA England friends.

After training we’ll be conducting a kyu grading for those who are eligible. Please ensure that your membership is up-to-date and record book completed with a photograph in situ. Place in an envelope together with the grading and training fee, and submit to your instructor at least one week beforehand. If you are joining just for the training you can either prepay or sign-in and pay on the day.

Cost: £12 Training

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

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Instructor Course

Sunday 4th October | 11am-1pm Theory | 2-4pm Practical

Instructor course hosted by JKA England.

Cost and booking: through your instructor

University of Hertfordshire: Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, AL10 9EU


North England Course

Saturday 10th October | 11am-2pm

Course organised by the north region clubs of JKA England.

Cost: £15

Sandburn Hall, Scotchman Lane, Flaxton, YO60 7RB


South West England Course

Sunday 11th October | 11am-2pm

Course organised by the south west region clubs of JKA England.

Cost: £15

IBM, Hursley Park Road, Hursley, Winchester, SO21 2JN


JKA 2020 World Championship / 15th Funakoshi Gichin Cup

Friday 23rd Juniors | Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October Seniors

A highlight for JKA members throughout the world federation, this championship takes place every two years.

Takasaki Arena, 4-1-18 Shimowada-machi, Takasaki, Gunma, 370-0846, JAPAN

JKA England 2020 Open Karate Championship

Saturday 31st October | Arrive 9am | Kata from 10am | Kumite from 2pm | Finals from 4pm

A great opportunity to compete alongside your clubmates with Shotokan competitors from across the UK and Further afield. Whether you’d like to participate yourself or just watch, come along and support the club! Parents, volunteers are always welcome to assist on the timekeepers desk. Training will be provided and you will get to see the performances up close and for free.

Cost: £12 entry for kata or kumite, £20 for both

K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9BQ

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D E C E M B E R   2 0 2 0

National Course & Dan Grading

Sunday 11th October | 11am-2pm Training | 3-6pm Grading

Training course and dan grading (up to 3rd Dan) hosted by JKA England.

Cost: £15 Training

Orbit Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 8NL


Special Club Training Session & Kyu Grading

Friday 18th December | 6.30-8pm training | 8-9pm grading

Ohta Sensei will be visiting to deliver one of his excellent training sessions this December to which we welcome all our JKA England friends.

After training we’ll be conducting a kyu grading for those who are eligible. Please ensure that your membership is up-to-date and record book completed with a photograph in situ. Place in an envelope together with the grading and training fee, and submit to your instructor at least one week beforehand. If you are joining just for the training you can either prepay or sign-in and pay on the day.

Cost: £12 Training

Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill


Japan Karate Association in England membership must be up-to-date to participate in any lesson, grading, course or competition. It must be presented at every official event. Club kyu grading fee includes a certificate and new belt if successful. Brown and black belts should bring gumshields and mitts to all sessions. In addition, groin and chest protectors are compulsory for all competitors of brown belt rank and above.