About Shotokan JKA Academy
Affiliated to JKAWF  (Kawasoe Sensei 8th Dan)

  • Remember :  No martial arts is perfect they all have their strengths as well as their weaknesses...It is upto each practitioner how well they develop through their martial art that will determine an outcome in a situation. Train hard ..defend/fight easy!!.

  • Shotokan karate of the JKA  helps develop some good body movemnets e.g. it utilizes both the upper and the lower body to produce mostly powerful, fast punches, kicks , strikes, blocks and throws. It also develops a balanced & even development of both sides of the body through its practice of basics,forms, and sparring drills.

  • Practitioners employ powerfully delivered, direct punches & strikes, using the hips, designed to quickly stop an attacker or opponent in self-defence or competition situation.

  • Remember: Many other martial arts were derived from the Shotokan JKA system.

 Learn & master the dynamic art of original JKA shotokan karate as pioneered by the original JKA masters and as taught & simplified by Sensei Sham Aktar - 6th DAN, Ph.D (A.M)   at the Oxford Mecca of Shotokan JKA Academy.

Sensei Sham Aktar - the chief club coach/instructor has over 48 years of knowledge & experience in many traditional & modern martial arts acquired by visits to both China & Japan, where he has trained with some of the worlds' leading origina martial artsl experts, many of whom have sadly left this world.  His goal is to revive & simplify their teachings,concepts and ideas of real martial arts and dispel the many myths and fantasies associated with real martial arts.. Through this journey and experience he has been able to appreciate & understand the unique key points and  fundamental principles of the various styles and systems of karate and other martial arts, which he tries to convey to his students in his own unique way. After many years of practice, research & synthesis of all his masters' teachings, he has been able to devise his unique  & easier, simplified method of learning and progression for his students, which enables them to learn the original practical ultimate self-defence skills,& techniques, which took years to master in the past in a relatively shorter time, at the same time have optimal success in tournaments & competitions. His simplified easier method of learning has produced many successful & confident up-and-coming karateka, &  competition champions in the community for over many decades.



Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan is the Chief Instructor & Club Coach at the Dynamic  Shotokan JKA Academy. He is a highly qualified, knowledgeable,yet a very modest,caring, & nurturing instructor.  Since being a weak child,he has always had an aspiration of becoming healthy and strong when he grew up. This passion and aspiration actually materialised for him when he began to be motivated by Bruce Lee films when young, and desired to become just like him in the martial arts. His martial arts journey initially started in boxing & judo at his local Youth club, where because of his interest and passion shown in his classes, he was encouraged & motivated to continue with his martial arts throughout his life by all his martial arts coaches.  Following their advice diligently, and through sheer hard work & training since then, he has had the opportunity in his life to train with the world's best leading masters of many systems of martial arts for over 48 years, and he is still actively training. He is very fortunate to have trained with the very best of the best masters and he shares all his insider secrets of training with his loyal, and dedicated students at the Shotokan JKA Academy  to make them the very best he can in all areas of their lives. He is endorsed & recognised by many leading traditional martial arts federations world-wide as one of the fomemost and knowledgeable instructors of the modern age....Read more...

If you are a sincere & dedicated beginner or a martial arts student or karateka, aspiring to master the dynamic & practically effective self-defence art of original practical Shotokan JKA emphasising self-defence as well as competition success,for those that want to go karate competitions too, you have come to the right place. We are not just another karate club, we are the Oxford for Shotokan JKA system of Karate. Upon joining us,under the guidance of  sensei Aktar 6th Dan & his Black Belt coaching team, we  will help tap & enhance your hidden potential so that you could be successful in all areas of your life not just in martial arts. We will help develop your mind, body, and spirit develop to the ultimate level !!, that you never thought was possible before, whatever your age or ability, at the same time teach you ways of using your body and mind in a positive ,constructive, and effecient way of the martial arts experts. We will inspire you to be the best in a personal best way, not only as a martial artist but in all endeavours & challenges of your life, through the philosophy and practice of our Martial arts. All in an easy step-by-step & simplified way. Whatever your current level of fitness, knowledge, or technical ability,whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced Black Belt,with years of experience, sensei Aktars' simplified & dynamic method, which he has accumulated over 48 years of training under the world's top martial arts expert masters will help take you to the next ultimate level in your karate progression,that you never thought was possible guaranteed.. In addition, our training & self-discipline structure will help your you or your child to achieve and enhance the best life-skills and positive character traits needed to be the number one in your life,over a period of time... For the Teens & Adults, our classes will help you to defend yourself & your loved ones should a need ever arise in a practical and realistic way using the techniques of our dynamic karate...however all these benefits are not achieved overnight, you have to dedicate yourself over a course of several years to become the best !!.

Remember, the positive life-skills, that we teach at our SKC martial arts academy can be transferred into any walk of your life, whether at work, school, at home, or in your social life to enable you to get the edge over competition and become the very best !.

Remember.. the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step..if you don't take that important step its NOT going to happen..

Are you going to take that important step and discover the wonderful hidden gems & your hidden potential inside of yourself in that exciting journey and take action NOW ?..

" NEVER have regrets and say later in your life:.. I COULD HAVE BEEN..IF.. " ? 

Call now to see if we can qualify you to join the UK's elite martial arts Academy the SKC Academy which has been visited by such important people as HRH Prince Charles in the past to see how our way of coaching martial arts helps everyone achieve positive results  in their lives quickly and effectively ...hence we have been given the title & referred to by HRH Prince Charles in 2007, and other famous educators and personalities as : the "Oxford Academy of Martial arts. (..and life-skills training !!...)

Call/Text: 07956 553417 to book your free trial session

PS: .Book your FREE trial NOW !!.. & see if you have the ability to qualify onto our programs to become the number one at the number one Academy of martial arts training ...the SKC Academy












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Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was Japan's Greatest Martial artist, Swordsman,&  Undefeated Samurai Warrior, from whom a lot of martial arts in Japan evolved. He Defeated his first adult opponent, a master swordsman at the age of only 13 years, (his opponent was a highly skilled professional Samurai warrior of the Shogun Clan) in a match to the death and subsequently won sixty duels to the death,following that, destroying all his enemies & never once being defeated. His teachings and skills are examplified in many martial arts of Japan today.

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Yoshitaka Funakoshi. The Genius of Karate & the son of Gichin Funakoshi the founder of  karate practising on the makiwara. ( He died at an early age) If he had still been aive today then Shotokan JKA would have been revived to the ultimate level possible as the best martial art ever.!!.

above Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan- trainer of martial arts champions


Our Locations & Times:

We have Academies in two areas of UK: Watford & Luton

If you are member at one of them..you can train at the other  for FREE !..

WATFORD - Woodside:

Watford Woodside Leisure Centre

Horseshoe Lane Watford  WD25 7HH

Saturday (Studio1)

BBC / Advanced class: 15:00 - 16:00

Tiny Tigers ( 4-8 year olds) : 16:00 - 16:40

 Beginners/Intermediates ( 8 years plus upwards) : 16:15 - 17:00


Stanborough Centre,

609 St Albans Road, Garston, Watford WD25 9JL


Olive Tree Church Hall ( formerly St Margaret's),

Montrose Ave, Biscot, Luton  LU3 1HT

Tuesday & Thursday

Tiny Tigers ( 4-8 year olds) : 17:30pm - 18:10pm 

Juniors  (8.5 years -16 years) Beg/Intermed level : 18:15pm - 19:00pm

Brown + Black Belts & BBC/Advanced  - All Ages : 19: 00 - 20:00pm

Adults  & Teens (over 16 years of age)  : 20:00 - 20:45PM


Brown/Black Belts + BBC /Advanced Grades 10:00am -11: 00am

Tiny Tigers 11:am - 11:35am

Juniors ( 8.5 - 16 years) Beg/Intermediates : 11:45am -12:30 pm

NOTE: Students will only be allowed entry into the Dojo five minutes before their class start time.Please don't come too early as it distracts the previous class!!.   Parents/ Guardians are allowed to watch the full class for the first three sessions, after which watching is limited to 15 minutes maximum per session. In order to make full use of our teaching space.


About Shotokan JKA  Karate Techniques Practice :

'Mind, Body, & Spirit working in Perfect Harmony'


The Dynamic Shotokan Karate JKA style is based upon the fighting traditions of the past noble samurai (warrior class) & their battles & philosophy through personal combats & conflicts of developing their body, mind,& spirit through struggling to achieve peace and harmony in their surroundings, and ultimately the world.

They had to be prepared against all odds and eventualities tangible and intangible in order to survive. There is no better feeling than being fit both physically and mentally; and that is what our training is all about and 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 efficient ways of keeping balance, moving & footwork in stances  combined with punches, strikes, blocks, kicks, and throws 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.  Thus Shotokan JKA Karate is a martial arts, a way of life for some, as well as an all round sport for others.  It was developed originally by its predecessors in practical life-death conflicts & situations, and later on refined for modern day sport usage.   Yet its philosophy trains its practitioners to avoid conflict & become peaceful citizens through its training. However if conflict is unavoidable,and his/her life is endangered, the training then dictates finishing the opponent quickly with a single technique or finishing blow without wasting much time, and if that blow does not work then follow-up with another finishing KO blow and so forth. However, the expected outcome of karate practise,is that after mastering these kinds of over-powering physical techniques of the body, you strive to develop your mind, thus understand your place in the world and its environments & to live in peace & harmony within everyone. This is the true way of karate as emphasised by our predecessors & founders of the art. Through its practice one becomes a law-abiding, humble, & patient person in ones life, promoting self-confidence,humility,open mindedness, and peace with everything and everyone around them. 

All these qualities are embodied in our 3 lines of our STUDENT CREED, PRINCIPLES OF BLACK BELT and the 5 lines of our Shotokan training code or  DOJO KUN  below:













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Sensei Sham Aktar 6th DAN pictured here on one of his training tours at the world famous Japan Karate Association - JKAWF HQ Tokyo  (Circa 2004 )


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