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About Us

We are a Shotokan Karate Club based in Luton Bedfordshire UK established in 1990s
Our style of karate is Shotokan which is a Japanese martial art.
Our club comprises of Adults 16 – 60 year olds and Juniors 4 – 16 year olds.

Traditional karate do requires deep understanding which can only be attained through tough regular training along with a degree of academic self study. The instructors are always there to give advice to a student when required.

We maintain that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

Statement of JKL Karate

We train using the traditional Japanese approach and we rigidly follow the system operated by our parent organisation in Japan, Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF)
We fiercely believe karate teaches good spirit, coordination, self reliance, character building and offers the strong sense of upholding justice whilst fiercely renouncing injustice.
Our aim is to turn students into strong, effective fighters who can face challenges with strength, confidence and wisdom.


Luton Dojo holds In-house Competitions each year, and this enables each student to understand the competition arena and helps them decide if they enjoy it or not. If they do, then with us, they can compete up to International level as have some of our students already. Together with Luton Dojo instructors, our students have competed around the world gaining medals and, more importantly, recognition.

Competition is seen as an essential part of Shotokan development

Luton students and instructors have refereed and competed Nationally in UK and Internationally in many countries at world championships and have gained many medals making JKL Dojo Internationally recognised by all Associations around the world.





These are held when students are deemed ready and are registered in Japan. Our Instructors are International Qualified Examiners.
We believe that the students need to understand each level and feel confident before moving up to the next level.
JKL is a non profit making club and therefore the instructors only care about the student’s progress and welfare rather than any other criteria for teaching Shotokan Karate.

Kyu grades are divided into two levels working on Kihon (basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite (Sparring)
(fighting). Each level represents a challenge and every student will progress differently. The instructors and senior students are always there to answer any questions. Japanese Mondo (questions and answers) Kyu Grades (student grade)
All students are awarded a new belt and certificate on passing the grading along with the examiners grading sheet that provides guidance for future reference.
Dan grades or black belt gradings are taken under qualified KWF (Yahara) examiners and are registered in Japan and UK


'In sports there is the element of time, in martial arts, there is only the moment………
There is no waiting time………..
Victory or defeat,
Life or death?
It is determined in one moment.
One moment determines the ultimate -
Life or death'
Taisen Deshimwaru Roshi


JKL Dojo organise and attend International Karate Seminars