Established 1975

"Maintaining the highest standards of karate-do"

Club News

Congratulations to Sensei Dave Shilling!

We are very pleased to announce that having taken a break from gradings for 20+ something years, Sensei Dave Shilling has, after much hard training, managed to pass his 2nd Dan (Nidan) grading under Sensei Ohta at the K2 in Crawley. Dave is one of the longest standing members of JKA Orpington and we are all extremely happy for him.


Dojo Fee Price Increase

Unfortunately, due to ever increasing costs, we have taken the reluctant decision to increase our dojo fees from April 2024. We have managed to avoid price increases for several years but regrettably this is no longer sustainable. Our Prices page has been updated to reflect the new costs. We think you'll agree that our classes still offer outstanding value for money. In future we will be making smaller increases at the start of each financial year to avoid any nasty surprises!

JKA England - London & South East Championships

Sunday the 1st of October saw the return of regional championships to JKA England. The event was hosted at Bromley College saw 197 competitors taking part. JKA Orpington had several student take part, for most of them it was their first experience of karate competition and we were extremely proud to have them represent our club. 

Not only did our students step up and take part but four of them were extremely successful bringing home medals.

From left to right:
Manolis Papadakis - 1st Boy's Kumite, 2nd Children's Kata
Maria-Alexandra Papadaki - 1st Girl's Kumite, 1st Children's Kata
Anthony Arevalo - 2nd Boy's Kumite, 2nd Children's Kata

Nadja Wright - 2nd Female Cadet Kumite

Special mentions also to Keeley and Robbie Brown, Glen Vaughan and James Seal for taking part.


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



Congratulations to our newest Black Belt!

After several years of hard training we are delighted to announce that Jacob Dowling has successfully passed his Shodan (Black Belt) grading under Sensei Ohta at the K2 in Crawley today. Black belts are earned and certainly not given away, and this achievement demonstrates the amount of time and effort Jacob has put into his training. So now he has all the tools in his toolbox the real journey begins! ...


Sensei Matt passes his Sandan grading!

We are very pleased to be able to announce that Sensei Matt passed his Sandan (3rd Dan) today at the De Havilland Sports Centre in Hatfield. Matt has been training extremely hard for some time and this is very much deserved.

Well done Matt.


WE'RE BACK.....!

After a long Covid break the dojo is back open!

We have had to amend our training times slightly and ALL SESSIONS will now be held at Darrick Wood as regrettably we are no longer able to use The Walnuts Leisure Centre.

New times are...

    Tuesdays: 7pm - 8.30pm          Thursdays: 7pm - 8.30pm          Saturdays: 10am - 11.30am

Until social distancing measures are no longer required by the government there will be some slight changes and safety precautions in place. Whilst we will still take cash we urge students to consider paying by standing order or contact-less payment methods where possible.

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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