About Shotokan Karate JKA Academy
Affiliated to JKAWF  (Kawasoe Shihan 8th Dan )

  • Remember this:  No martial arts is perfect they all have their strengths as well as their weaknesses.

  • Shotokan karate of the JKA utilizes both the upper and the lower body to produce mostly powerful, fast punches, kicks , strikes, blocks and some throws. It develops a balanced & even development of both sides of the body through its practice of basics, forms, and sparring drills.

  • Practitioners employ powerfully delivered, direct punches & strikes, using the hips, designed to quickly stop an attacker or opponent in self-defence or competition situation.

Learn the dynamic art of shotokan karate as pioneered by the original JKA masters and as taught & simplified by Sensei Aktar -Ph.D (A.M) 6th Dan...  

Sensei Aktar - the chief club coach has over 45 years of knowledge & experience in many traditional martial arts acquired by visits to both China & Japan, where he has trained with some of the worlds' leading original expert masters many of whom have left this world.  His goal is to revive their teahings of martial arts. Through this experience he has been able to appreciate & understand the unique points of the various styles and systems of karate and other martial arts. After many years of practice, research & synthesis, he has been able to devise his unique  & simplified method of learning and progression for his students, which will enable them to learn practical ultimate self-defence skills at the same time have success in tournaments & competitions. His method has produced many successful up and coming karateka, &  competition champions in the community for over many decades.



Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan is the Chief Instructor & Club Coach at the Dynamic Shotokan Karate JKA Academy. He is a highly qualified, knowledgeable,yet a very modest,caring, & nurturing instructor.  Since a child,he has had a passion for martial arts, & other allied health improvement methods. Moreover,being motivated by Bruce Lee films when young, and aspiring to become just like him in martial arts, he initially started training in boxing & judo at his local Youth club, where because of his interest and passion shown, he was encouraged & motivated to continue on his martial arts by all his coaches.  Following his coaches advice diligently since then, he has been training with the world's leading martial masters of many styles and systems of martial arts for over 45 years. He is very fortunate to have trained with the very best of the best masters and he shares all his insider secrets of training with his students at the Shotokan Karate JKA Academy to make them the very best. He is endorsed & recognised by many leading traditional martial arts federations world-wide....Read more...

If you are a sincere & dedicated martial arts student or karateka, aspiring to master the dynamic & effective art of  practical Shotokan Karate JKA emphasising self-defence as well as competition success, you have come to the right place. Upon joining us,under the guidance of  sensei Aktar 6th Dan & his Black Belt coaching team, we  will help tap and enhance your hidden potential that you never thought was possible whatever your age or ability, at the same time teach you ways of using your body and mind in a positive and constructive way of the martial arts experts. We will inspire you to be the best not only as a martial artist but in all endeavours of your life, through the philosophy and practice of Martial arts. All in an easy step-by-step & simplified way. Whatever your current level of fitness or technical ability,whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced Black Belt, sensei Aktars' simplified dynamic method, which he has accumulated over 45 years of training under the world's top martial arts expert masters will help take you to the next ultimate level in your karate progression, guaranteed.. In addition, our training & discipline will help your child to achieve and enhance the best life-skills and positive character traits needed to be the number one in their life,through the self-discipline & philosophy structure of our martial arts lessons over a period of time... For the Teens & Adults, our classes will help you to defend yourself & your loved ones should a need ever arise in a practical and realistic way using the techniques of our dynamic karate.

Remember, the positive life-skills, that we teach at our martial arts academy can be transferred into any walk of your life, whether at work, school, at home, or in your social life to enable you to get the edge over competition.

Our invitation to you ..Remember the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step..if you dont take that step its not going to happen..are you going to take that important step and discover the wonderful hidden gems inside of yourself in that exciting journey and take action NOW ?... Aktar sensei advises: "In our martial arts Academy

we focus on the present ...the HERE & NOW ..& we have a saying....

" NEVER have regrets and say later in your life:.. I COULD HAVE BEEN.. " ?

..Book your FREE trial NOW !!.. & see if you have the potential to qualify to join us to become the very best in martial arts ...

CALL  Bobby on: 07956 553417   OR  07813 680603.

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Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was Japan's Greatest Martial arts  Undefeated Swordsman, and Samurai Warrior, from whom a lot of martial arts in Japan evolved. He Defeated his first opponent at the age of only 13 years, (his opponent was a professional Samurai warrior) in a match to the death and subsequently won sixty duels to the death never being defeated.


Our Locations

We offer classes at two locations: Watford & Luton


Watford Woodside Leisure Centre

Horseshoe Lane Watford  WD25 7HH

Saturday (Studio1)

BBC / Advanced class: 14:00 - 15:00

Tiny Tigers : 15:00 - 15:45

 Beginners : 15.00 - 15.45

Sunday (Studio 2)

 BBC / Advanced Level: 11:00 - 12:00pm

Tiny Tigers : 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Beginners: 12:00pm - 12:45pm



St Margaret's Church Hall,

Montrose Ave Biscot, Luton  LU3 1HT

Tuesday & Thursday

Tiny Tigers : 17:30 - 18:05 

Beginners : 18:15 - 19:00

BBC/ Advanced Level : 19: 00 - 19:45


BBC /Advanced Level 10:00am -10:45am

Tiny Tigers 10:45am - 11:15am

Beginners : 11:15am -12:00 pm


About  Karate Techniques - Practice & Philosophy :

'Mind, Body, & Spirit working in Perfect Harmony'

The Dynamic Shotokan Karate JKA style is based upon the fighting traditions of the past noble samurai (warrior class) & their battles & philosophy through personal combats of developing their body, mind,& spirit through struggling to achieve peace and harmony in their surroundings, and ultimately the world.

They had to be prepared against all odds and eventualities tangible and intangible in order to survive. There is no better feeling than being fit both physically and mentally; and that is what our training is all about and what we will attempt to instill in you, through training . That is our ultimate goal. In order to achieve that we train the physical body first, developing efficient ways of keeping balance, moving & footwork in stances  combined with punches, strikes, blocks, kicks, and throws in a correct way. We  focus on the correct form, & balance of each technique which requires effort and concentration,so that your body eventually learns to move effortlessly & naturally by continous practice, and repetition of technique many hundreds of times, which then form a muscle memory.  Thus Shotokan JKA Karate is a martial arts, a way of life for some, as well as an all round sport for others.  It was developed originally by its predecessors in practical life-death conflicts & situations, and later on refined for modern day sport usage.   Yet its philosophy trains its practitioners to avoid conflict & become peaceful citizens through its training. However if conflict is unavoidable,and his/her life is endangered, the training then dictates finishing the opponent quickly with a single technique or finishing blow without wasting much time, and if that blow does not work then follow-up with another finishing KO blow and so forth. However, the expected outcome of karate practise,is that after mastering these kinds of over-powering physical techniques of the body, you strive to develop your mind, thus understand your place in the world and its environments & to live in peace & harmony within everyone. This is the true way of karate as emphasised by our predecessors & founders of the art. Through its practice one becomes a law-abiding, humble, & patient person in ones life, promoting self-confidence,humility,open mindedness, and peace with everything and everyone around them. 

All these qualities are embodied in our 3 lines of our STUDENT CREED, PRINCIPLES OF BLACK BELT and the 5 lines of our Shotokan training code or  DOJO KUN  below:













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Sensei Aktar 6th DAN pictured here on his training tour at the world famous Japan Karate Association - JKAWF HQ Tokyo in 2005 .