Shiranamikai and all its members are affiliated to the Japan Karate Association “Keeper of Japan’s highest tradition”
日本空手協会, The Japan Karate Association, World Federation
The mission of the JKAWF is to promote the benefits of karate throughout the world. The JKA karate values extend beyond the purely physical elements of practice. In true karate the body, mind and spirit are developed simultaneously.
Shotokan karate is one of the most traditional and widely practised forms of karate in the world today. Shotokan puts focus on kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) to develop a range of powerful and dynamic techniques.
The Japan Karate Association has applied sports science, body mechanics and efficiency of technique in order to refine the Shotokan style of karate. This has resulted in the development of a related, but unique ‘JKA Shotokan’, distinguishable from all other karate schools.
At its headquarters in Tokyo, The Japan Karate Association employs around 25 full-time instructors who, along with its governing board and technical committee, form the roots of teaching which branches out across more then 100 countries worldwide.
Significantly, the Japan Karate Association/JKA World Federation is the only independent karate association awarded special rights and legal status by the Japanese government to operate as an association of members (Shadan Hojin) for the promotion of karate.
At the Japan Karate Association, karate is not merely a sport; it’s a martial art whose aim is the harmonising of mind and body for balance, strength, perseverance and patience – for total confidence and self-mastery
The Japan Karate Association
The Japan Karate Association England
JKA England is a nationwide organisation for the development, teaching and promotion of authentic JKA karate in England. The Head of Association is Ohta Yoshinobu 7th Dan.
Ohta Sensei is a graduate of Takushoku University which had a fierce reputation for producing the best karate-ka. After graduating, he was accepted onto the famous JKA Instructor Course. It was around this time that Enoeda Keinosuke (1935-2003) 9th Dan and head of JKA Europe, was looking for a new assistant. Enoeda Sensei selected Ohta as his official assistant instructor in 1982.
Over the next 20 years, Ohta accompanied Enoeda Sensei in teaching karate all over the world. During this time he became a popular instructor, highly regarded for his superb technical ability and engaging teaching methods. Following Enoeda’s untimely death in 2003, Ohta Sensei established JKA England to continue the lineage and flow of information directly with the JKA in Japan.
Training courses organised by JKA England are a great supplement to regular training, offering the chance to be inspired by some of the best karate instructors in the world. At national courses you will be taught by Ohta Sensei, assisted by other instructors from JKA England. But at least twice per year, Ohta Sensei invites senior instructors from the Headquarters in Japan and around the world. At these 3 to 4-day international courses, many people choose to board near the venue to make it easier to attend each session. These gasshukus are world-renowned and you’ll see many visitors from across the world in attendance. That we have received 90 karateka from Norway on one occasion is testament to their popularity!
JKA England organises two championships annually in the summer and autumn. Here, you can compete for your club, Shiranamikai. Competitions are not compulsory but they are a great incentive to set personal goals and measure your progress.
Students who are very keen and perform consistently well across brown/black belt categories at competition, might be put forward by their instructor to attend a JKA England squad training session. Squad sessions run approximately every two weeks and those who are selected are expected to attend each one in addition to regular club training.