Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

About the DofE Award
The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

For the past seven decades, the Charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Karate as a physical module of DofE
Choosing to participate in Shotokan karate with us can count towards the Physical Section of your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Shiranamikai has helped a number of people achieve their target DofE modules in a physical activity. Please check applicability with your DofE Leader before attending.

Learning karate has a multitude of benefits – increasing strength and stamina as well as the self-defence side but it is also a great way to control and alleviate stress.

Classes themselves are generally split into three modules: group foundational movement, partner and team work for controlled self-defence application and individual form/patterns practise.

You don’t need to be fit to start. Students can attend classes from 1-4 times each week and progress at their own pace. Goals can be set with targets such as gradings every three months or competitions twice per year. But all are for personal development and not strictly enforced.

We also have access to additional training courses provided through our governing body, Japan Karate Association (JKA) England. The JKA World Federation currently operates in more than 100 countries worldwide, and with Shotokan being the most popular style of karate, you’ll never be far from a dojo.

Learn authentic Shotokan karate as taught by the Japan Karate Association. Come and join our karate classes in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and Stanmore.

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