About Shotokan Karate JKA Academy

Affiliated to JKAWF Sensei Kawasoe 8th Dan 

  • Shotokan karate of the JKA utilizes both the upper and the lower body to produce powerful, fast punches, kicks & strikes.

  • Practitioners employ powerfully delivered, straight line strikes using the hips, designed to quickly stop an attacker or opponent.

Learn the ultimate shotokan karate of the JKA masters, as taught by sensei Aktar 6th Dan,

who has over 45 years of knowledge & experience in traditional martial arts acquired in China & Japan by training with the worlds' best original masters.



Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan is the Chief Club coach at Shotokan Karate JKA Academy. He is a highly qualified, knowledgeable,yet very modest & humble instructor.  Since a child,he has had a passion for martial arts, motivated by Bruce Lee as a child, and since then has trained with the world's best martial masters of many styles and systems for over 45 years.He is recognised by many different traditional martial arts federations world-wide...Read more

 If you are a sincere & dedicated karateka or a martial arts student aspiring to master the art of Shotokan JKA Karate with ultimate self-defence , you have come to the right place. Upon joining us, Aktar Sensei & his Black Belt Karate coaching team will help tap into your hidden potential & inspire you to be the best 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, We can help take you to the next, ultimate level guaranteed.. In addition, we can also 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 course over a period of time. Remember, these positive life-skills, that we teach at our martial arts academy can be transferred into any walk of your life, whether at work, or school, at home or in your social life.

Interested ? ..Remember the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step..are you going to take that important step and discover the wonderful hidden gems in that journey ?

..Book your FREE trial Now, to see if you qualify to join us ...

Aktar sensei pictured here after training with the worlds' leading masters of Shotokan JKA at the JKAWF HQ in Japan  ( 2005 )

Our Locations

We offer classes at two locations; Watford Woodside Leisure Centre and St Margaret's Church Hall in Luton. Click on the link below to see our locations and sat nav addresses.

Watford Woodside Leisure Centre


Mixed Class,  beginners and intermediate: 17:00 - 17:45

Advanced class: 17:45 - 18:30

By Invitation only/personalised coaching 18:30 - 19:00


Mixed Class, beginners and intermediate: 10:45 - 11:30

BBC / Brown Belts Class: 11:30 - 12:15

Black Belt Class by invitation 12:15 - 1pm


St Margaret's Church Hall

Tuesday & Thursday

Mixed Class, beginners and intermediate: 18:00 - 18:45

BBC class: 18:45 - 19:15

BBC/Brown/Black Belts /personalised coaching: 19:15- 20:00


BBC/ Brown/Black Belts 10am - 12pm


Our Philosophy

'Mind and Body working in Perfect Harmony'

The traditional Shotokan Karate JKA style is based upon the fighting traditions of the past noble samurai (warrior class) & their philosophy through personal combats of developing their body and mind, & achieving peace with the surroundings, and ultimately the universe. If you get it right, your possibilities are endless. There is no better feeling than being fit both physically and mentally; and that is 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 punches, strikes, blocks and kicks 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.  Traditionally Shotokan JKA Karate is a martial arts, a way of life as well as an all round sport, developed and refined by previous masters in practical situations, yet trains its practitioners to avoid conflict & become peaceful through its training. However if conflict is unavoidable, the training then dictates finishing the opponent quickly with a single technique or finishing blow. Thus the end result of the karate self-development will be natural effortless action, self-confidence,humility,open minded, and peace with everything and everyone around. 

All these qualities are embodied in the 3 lines of our STUDENT CREED, PRINCIPLES OF BLACK BELT and the 5 lines of our Shotokan training code or  DOJO KUN  below, which a student is required to learn & apply in their life upon joining us as a member requirement:

                                                       STUDENT CREED:

I intend to develop myself in a positive manner and will avoid anything that will reduce my mental growth and physical health.

I intend to develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others

I intend to use the skills I learn in class in a constructive and defensive way to help myself and others and to never be abusive or offensive

                           PRINCIPLES OF BLACK BELT:


                                . INDOMITABLE SPIRIT   

We are on the quest to be the BEST..the goals we set are the goals we GET.

                                                         DOJO  KUN:

Hitotsu !  Jinkaku Kansai ni stumoro koto

ONE !      To strive for the  perfection of your character

Hitotsu ! Makoto no michi o mamoro koto

ONE ! Be faithful and sincere in your training and daily life

Hitotsu ! Doryoko no seishin o yashinau koto 

ONE ! Endeavour - never give up - keep going with patience

Hitotsu ! Reigi o omonzoro koto

ONE ! Respect others - who deserve the respect

Hitotsu ! Kekki no yu o imashimuru koto

ONE! Refrain from violent behaviour and false pride

Call : 07956 553417   /     07813 680603

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