Japan Karate Association  Marlow
Our Story

JKA England is a member of the JKA global organisation and is led by Sensei Yoshinobu Ohta 7th Dan - Chief Instructor.

The JKA is the preserver of the soul & spirit of the art of Kokufu-Bunkakarate-Do-Karate based on the ancient Japanese tradition of Bushido (the way of the Samurai).

 Our mission is to promote this way of Karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.
​Profile of Ohta Sensei
7th Dan Chief Instructor of JKA England
Our Chief Instructor is Yoshinobu Ohta, 7th Dan. Ohta Sensei is a graduate of Takushoku University and has also attended the famous Instructors' Classes at JKA Headquarters in Japan. Takushoku University in Japan has a tremendous reputation as one of Japan's strongest Karate clubs and the club coach Ishikawa Sensei encouraged Sensei Ohta to continue studying karate. Many of the JKA's top Sensei's including Masters Nakayama and Enoeda had previously graduated from Takushoku.

After leaving university he decided to continue with Karate at the JKA. Sensei Tsuyama chief instructor of the Takushoku University Karate Club encouraged Sensei Ohta to train at the highly prestigious JKA instructors classes where Sensei Ohta soon found himself training alongside such respected names as Sensei's Shoji, Asai, Abe, Tanaka, Osaka, Kagawa and Yahara. It was also common practice at this time for Sensei Nakayama to teach and assist during classes.

In 1982, Sensei Ohta was selected by Sensei Enoeda to come to England and become his assistant. From 1982-2003 Ohta Sensei was the assistant to Keinosuke Enoeda, 9th Dan. In the following twenty years Sensei Ohta had build up a reputation as a very popular and technically brilliant senior instructor in his own right. It was during this time he gained an international reputation for being one of the most technically skilled JKA instructors. In 2003, following the death of his mentor Sensei Enoeda, Sensei Ohta was appointed as the chief instructor of JKA England and has built up the association from strength to strength.

In April 2010 Sensei Ohta passed the examination for 7th Dan in front of the JKA's most senior technical committee at the JKA HQ Honbu Dojo in Tokyo.

Sensei Ohta teaches at all national courses and teaches abroad, as well as at his own clubs at Oasis Leisure Centre, near Covent Garden and the Budokwai in Chelsea.

Sensei Ohta takes an active part in all the lessons he gives, frequently joining the class to partner with students. When you face him in a line up, you understand the depth of his karate and his superb technique
What is Shotokan?
Shotokan is the name of the style or system of karate practiced by JKA, it literally means ‘House of Shoto’ which was our founder, Funakoshi Gichin Shihan’s calligraphy pen name and became the name of the first official dojo in Tokyo in 1939.

JKA is the recognised heir to Shotokan Karate tradition and is the only legal Karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members Shadan Hojin for the promotion of Karate.
What is Karate?
Karate means ‘Empty hand’ and is a traditional Japanese system of self-defense.
Karate offers many benefits beyond the physical aspects of aerobic conditioning, body strengthening and flexibility.

Karate training is firmly rooted in etiquette and respect and instills in its practitioners
  • Discipline
  • Control
  • Confidence
Training with the JKA

The JKA are the world's foremost authority on Karate.
With vast membership in 100+ countries, the JKA is the world's largest & most prestigious karate organisation.

Karate benefits the practitioner both physically and mentally. In order to improve at karate, practice is required.
JKA training comprises 3 areas of practice:
  •  KIHON:  basic or fundamental training in all movements
  •  KATA:  predetermined movement patterns
  •  KUMITE:  sparring with an opponent

Training Frequency

It is recommended that you attend training at least twice a week. As with any activity, the greater the effort put in, the better the result achieved.

Arrive early, bring a water bottle and above all, have fun!

JKA Marlow trains on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
At Marlow JKA Dojo you can train, learn and meet friends for life