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Established 1975

"Maintaining the highest standards of karate-do"

Club News

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic across the world, in line with government advice we have been forced to temporarily close the doors to the dojo until the situation improves.

Our club has been open continuously since 1975 and this is the first time in our history that we have been unable to offer karate classes.

Please rest assured that the club will re-open as soon as the official advice says that it is safe to do so. Your safety is and will always be our top priority.

Please feel free to browse our website in the meantime and we will continue to respond to any enquiries.

For our existing students we are encouraging you to train at home. We have an active WhatsApp group and are giving regular training tips and feedback. Please contact us with your mobile phone number if you would like to be added.

Stay safe, and look after yourselves and your families!

The JKA Orpington Instructors

Well done everyone who graded this weekend.
A fantastic result from our JKA Orpington students this weekend with 22 students all passing their gradings under Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE (6th Dan JKA) .



Congratulations to Sensei Steve!

We are delighted to announce that Steve passed his Sandan (3rd Dan) grading on the 23rd of February at the JKA National Course at our own Darrick Wood School dojo. Steve has been a long standing member of the club for many years.

A fantastic achievement and very well deserved...well done Steve!



Congratulations to our newest blackbelt James Wong
James passed his Shodan grading on his first attempt at the JKA England International Winter Course in November 2019. Well done James, we're all very proud of your hard work and achievement.


JKA Orpington goes to Japan

Club instructors/members Matt, John and Jacob are travelling to Tokyo, Japan to train at the JKA Headquarters. Follow their trip on the JKA Orpington blog.


New Dojo Opens

On Tuesday the 8th of January we officially opened the doors to our new weekday dojo at Darrick Sports centre in Locksbottom, Orpington. Staff at the leisure centre couldn't have been more helpful and the facilities were superb. We look forward to welcoming all who would like to come and train with us whether beginer or experienced karate-ka in the coming months.


Grading Results

On Saturday the 8th of December we held our final grading of the year at our Walnuts dojo with Sensei Roy Tomlin MBE (6th Dan JKA).Thank you to Sensei Roy and congratulations to the 14 students who all passed their grading and were awarded their next coloured belts. Unlike many organisations, obtaining JKAE grades are not a formality and are only achieved as a result of regular training and hard work. Well done! you all worked very hard and your new grades are well deserved.

Our next Grading will be in March 2019 followed by one in July 2019 which will be conducted by the Chief Instructor of JKA England, Sensei Ohta (7th Dan JKA). We are looking forward to welcoming Sensei back to our club for the first time in several years.  Please see our Diary page for future gradings and events.


Members and parents may have noticed recently that our classes have increased in size and we now have a diverse range of abilities and grades that we are catering for within a relatively short class. It is becoming increasingly difficult for us to make sure that every student gets the attention and the training at the level that we aspire to deliver.

Unfortunately, there is very little scope for growth at the Walnuts Leisure Centre due to us being restricted to using the matted hall with very limited session time availability.

We have been very fortunate to secure a new venue at Darrick Wood SchoolTheir hall is part of the school's purpose built and newly refurbished sports block and is a much larger space than we currently have with a superb sprung wooden floor, heating and ventilation. We are delighted to announce that after the Christmas break, we will be moving all of our weekday classes to the new location. Our Saturday classes will remain unchanged at the Walnuts Leisure CentreWe are confident that our new dojo will afford us a better environment to train in and that all our members will be able to enjoy all of the added benefits.

"You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of Karate."
Gichin Funakoshi


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