Welcome to
East London JKA Karate Club

We are open

September 3rd, 2020

As a result of the 2020 Covid 19 pandemic, the club has to implement an online booking system to meet the requirements of our training locations. A mandatory requirement has been a reduction in the Monday Lesson class sizes, as a result we have increased our available lesson from 2 to 3 lesson per evening by splitting our available booking time. A Benefit of these changes means that each group will have a focused lesson.

Parents can train in the same lesson as your children to help manage your time table

Monday Lesson Given-Wilson Center with 40 mins duration and currently maximum of 12 Students

  • Session 1 Orange to Red belt 40 min starts
  • Session 2 Yellow to Purple belt 40 mins starts
  • Session 3 Purple & white to Black belt 40 mins starts

Please note we will have a beginners only lesson on Mondays 6:45 PM

Robert Clack Leisure Center Wednesday lesson 7-8 pm

  • A single lesson for all grades which will be 55 mins to allow for enough time lesson time change around.

Friday 7- 8 PM Saint Thomas Church

  • A single lesson for all grades which will be 55 mins to allow for enough time lesson time change around.

Saturday lessons @ Given_Wilson Center

All grades welcome at both Lesson start times 9:30 & 10 :40

Booking System

Review our New Booking system https://bookwhen.com/eastlondonjka

Step 1 Decide lesson Plan

Step 2 Initiate payment example Paypal / online banking (Bank transfer payment) or Pay cash amount direct to Sensei .

Lesson Availability

August 5th, 2020

Dear all

Lesson availability for the Month of AUGUST 2020

Monday Given Wilson Center 10th/17tn/24th 40mins sessions- Please note there will be days when we can offer a 2nd session, if we have an additional instructor available.

Remember the earlier you let us know that you are coming the better your chance of getting a space.

Session 1 Beginners to Red belt 40 min starts 6.30pm and 6.45pm (2nd Instructor)

The First lesson is for Children only the only exception will be if parents want to train with their children Class size 10 Students

Session 2 Yellow belt to Purple belt 40 mins starts 7.30pm and 7.45pm (2nd Instructor)

Session 3 Purple & white to Black belt 40 mins starts 8.10pm

There will be 2 instructors available on the 17th and 24th sessions so we can use both halls and have more students

Wednesday Session Robert Clack Leisure Center 12th, 19th, 26th AUGUST

Starts 7pm 50min session (all grades)

Friday Session Robert Clack Leisure Center session 15th, 22nd & 29th AUGUST

Starts 7pm 50min session (all grades)

For Wednesday & Friday session there is more floor space available, so lessons will allow more students

Temporary Saturday location @ Given Wilson Institute for the month of August two session 9:30 and 10 :35 start times any grade can attend either lesson.

Please use the new booking system https://bookwhen.com/eastlondonjka

Automatic discounts will be applied if a person books 2, 4 or 8 lesson within a 30 day period. Discount code available if you want to do a double lesson on a Monday contact Sensei Brian .

New policy is first come first served, there is a waiting list for a places.

Please be patient with us as we are trying our best to get the Club running again and get back to running lessons regularly.

At this time we have yet to be notified of the reopening of Newham Leisure Centre (Saturday classes) we will continue outside for now while we have the weather.

We will let you know of the lesson availability on a monthly basis to help everyone plan accordingly, we urge you to keep looking at the Club website Club facebook page and WhatsApp notices.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Club Committee

August 2020

Return to Dojo

August 3rd, 2020

Dear all

We are looking to Reopening the Monday & Wednesday Dojo shortly, with this in mind we are going to ask you to do a number of things ie Risk assessment weekly yourself to make sure you are healthy, maintain your social distance whilst in the Dojo etc (we will let you know exactly how to do this in a statement later on)

It should be noted that a number of other JKA clubs will not open in the short term, so we have to thank the opportunity the Given-Wilson Institute & Robert Clack Leisure has provided us.

As some of you are aware, we have been working very hard to get the Club up an running again, we have had Sensei Aaron providing the Zoom Lessons, JKAE has advertised all its lessons and everyone has been given details as to how to access them. However all this is coming to an end as we are slowly returning to some normality.

Sensei Brian has been teaching Saturdays and Sundays since the 27th of June, however this has been done on the premises car park facilities and whist it is sufficient for our needs for the short term, we need to get back to the Dojo ASAP.

Please bear in mind that the new rules will mean smaller classes per week with potentially less venues available for us to use. We have set up a new booking system that will enable everyone to book up to month in advance, we also have in place a waiting list, so if you do not get on a class but you would like to, then please use the waiting list option.

Please keep an eye on the Website there will new pages providing location specific detail and Club Facebook page for the confirmation of our first lesson dates.

Going forward we will have a variety of payment options available to the club members, we look for all club members to support the club going forward to enable the Club to keep running.

We appreciate not every one could previously take part in the training options so an Email to [email protected] or WhatsApp msg of intention to return to training would be appreciated.

Club Committee

July 2020

Covid 19 update

July 28th, 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians

We are working hard to enable the club to train inside ASAP however there will be changes to processes and we will post new guidelines shortly.

Further to our post on the 27th June outside Karate Training at the Given Wilson Institute Car Park where we have had outside training session on Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend session 1st & 2nd August will go ahead as per normal weather permitting. If you wish to take please contact Sensei Brian to arrange a slot for 11 :45 session for either Saturday or Sunday.

Thank you


June 21st, 2020

Hello Parents/ Guardians students

Further to our post on the 8th June, outside Karate Training at the Given Wilson Institute Car Park

Weather permitting Saturday and Sunday mornings Staring 27 June until further notice

These time are approximate due to potential changes in the weather.

It would be most helpful if students were to keep to the same day and time each week to allow for continuity of training.


  Day Time Availability
Lesson 1 Saturday 27th  June 10 am Full
Lesson 2 Saturday 27th June 11.45  -12.45 Limited space
Lesson 1 Sunday 28th June 10 am Full
Lesson 2 Sunday 28th June 11.45 – 12.45 Limited space
Lesson 1 Saturday  4th July 10 am Full
Lesson 2 Saturday 4th July 11.45 -12.45 Limited space
Lesson 1 Sunday 5th July 10 am Full
Lesson 2 Sunday 5th  July 11.45- 12.45 Limited Space


If you wish to take part in a Saturday or Sunday lesson weather permitting in the coming weeks please email Sensei Brian at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

All places must be booked in advance via email [email protected]

Outside Training Opportunity

June 8th, 2020

Hello Parents/ Guardians students,

Outside training opportunity for a  Max of 5 people in the Car park at Given Wilson location weather permitting.

We have the use of the location facilities required .

Lesson duration 50 mins which will allow the 10 min in turn around time for parents to drive out of the car park before the next group drive into the car park.

Therefore please do not arrive until 5 mins before the Session starts

Clothing for an outdoor lesson please wear old trainers and casual wear this will be fine.

Lesson cost will be the same,  Name on an envelope with cash inside would be best

Please email me at [email protected] with grade belt colour (to remind me in my old age) if you would like to book a place, please Identify which date and time and the number of places you would prefer

Government Guidance


Classes will focus on Kata and basis  (NO Kumite at this time)

Grade Class date and time Students
Beginners Orange
Yellow /  Green
Purple belts
Brown / black belts

New JKA England Membership Information

June 2nd, 2020

Dear all

Please be advised that JKA England have implemented a new membership system which is administered by company LoveAdmin

You may have already received an Email from LoveAdmin, please check your junk mail, just in case you do not see it.

Benefits of the new system

Students will be able to access their details and update them when necessary; make their own renewals and applications for licenses. License slips will be available to either download to their phone or print off as a hard copy. ALL students should print off and keep in their license books for gradings etc.

Renewal reminders will be sent automatically to the students prior to expiry. This only applies to Students whose licences expired after 1st September 2019.

Renewals can be set up by the student / parent to renew automatically if that is their wish. Most families have been linked to each other for easier management by the students.


If your licence expired pre 1st June 2020 and wish to renew, then contact  [email protected] – so that they can send an appropriate request to get you into the system.



Chief Instructor

On-line teaching

April 13th, 2020


Great initiative by Sensei Aaron and Sensei Brian please support and participate

Mondays 6pm ( please check facebook account / wassap group )

Sensei Aaron will be delivering a Basic class which all student can attend Space permitting.

You will need to make sure you have sufficient space to practice at least 2 square metres and ensure you are practicing on a non slip floor
You will need to warm up yourself before the class begins as our class time is limited, included a warm up video link here: https://youtu.be/5g7iLz_vUCk

Your license must be up to date!
JKA England are not sending out new licenses right now but they are still processing them, so even though you won’t get your new slip you must still renew your license if it’s out of date!

Zoom Online connection details are posted to our Whats app group

Please contact sensei Brian 07896 565 421 if you are not on Club wassap group

Have Fun

Club Committee


10 Year Club Anniversary

April 2nd, 2020

Congratulations everyone Our Club is now officially 10 Years old !!!!!!

Started in April 2010 the journey into full maturity as a Club has taken a lot of hard work and commitment over the last 10 years, looking into the future we will bounce back from our current predicament that affects us all,  good planning will see the that the Club will be around for many more years.

As most of you know, Sensei Bastidas established East London JKA Karate Club with the intention of channeling resources, experience and passion into creating opportunities for students to join and develop themselves in traditional Shotokan Karate with JKA England.

Early on with the help of the Club Committee, it was decided to work and identify certain attributes to have a successful Club.

Passion to help the local community by providing a non profit orientated organization, whose solely purpose would be to provide good karate at affordable prices to everyone, children and adults alike.

Passion for excellence with good professional instruction from aptly qualified JKAE Instructors. This level of coaching set the foundations for the development of a successful Club Squad from our pool of students, developing and encouraging talent being one of the key elements in order to have an above average Club.

This level of professional Instruction combined with the excellent facilities has inevitably helped in becoming  successful as a Club.

The results – In 2012 the council awarded us with the Club Borough Mark followed by a prestigious Club of the year award in 2013 by JKAE and a further Club 50 award 2016

Our Club Squad has been very successful at Inter-Club level, Regional Level and National Level, we also have students that are members of the National JKAE squad.

The Club has also developed and encouraged 5 fully qualified instructors most of whom are currently teaching or have have moved on to different posts with other Clubs.

None of this would have been possible without the people and our team effort in what we do. The size and skills in the team have evolved over time, and each person has played their part in helping the Club achieve the successes its enjoyed over the past 10 years.

Whilst the most important aspect for us has been the impact on students and the local communities, it has also been about having a good Club that everyone cherishes.

We will build on existing and develop new strategies for the future., we look forward to serving you further in the coming years.

Our thanks for your continued support and understanding during this current crisis.


Chief Instructor

East London JKA

JKA England Home Training Group

April 2nd, 2020

Please join the new training group set up on facebook by JKA England.

JKA England Home Training Group

A private group set up for JKA England members to train from home under the instruction of our Chief Instructor, Sensei Ohta, during the COVID-19 self isolation emergency.

You must be a member of JKA England and be up to date with membership.

The first two sessions have been great we are encouraging all our students to train with Ohta sensei via Zoom link, we also would like to see a photograph of you training, send to [email protected]

Sessions Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm however do check for times as they may change.

Club Committee

East London JKA