Spirit first, technique second

- Gichin Funakoshi

Mission Statement 

The aims and objectives of JKS Scotland are to foster, administer and advance the art of traditional Shotokan Karate.


Our goal is to teach, motivate, educate and guide our students and instructors while promoting exemplary ethics in Karate-Do.


We promise to do this through regular training of the highest order, course and grading events, special courses, and of course, competitions for both junior and senior alike.

Our classes are tailored for both young children, up through to adults karate.

Established in 2001 by Instructor Robert Steggles, JKS Edinburgh holds classes that cater to all ages from children 4 years and up, to adults of any age and ability.


We are affiliated to the Japan Karate Shotorenmei (JKS) Scotland, the largest and most successful traditional Karate association in Scotland, with direct affiliation to JKS Headquarters in Japan.


Japan Karate Shotorenmei is an international organisation that teaches authentic Shotokan Karate from Japan, as taught by the late Sensei Tetsuhiko Asai, 10th Dan (1935-2006).

Classes for All!

We hold classes for both children and adults, with our Tigers Classes catering to 4-6 year olds and our main classes catering for 6 years old up.

You do not have to be fit to start, as long as you are in good health your fitness and skill level will gradually increase through time and training.


World Class Tuition

No other association can offer the opportunities or level of instruction that you will find within JKS Scotland.


We work as a co-operative with JKS affiliated countries worldwide to foster and develop JKS karate within the UK and hold regular courses and seminars with international instructors and competitors from the Karate world, working to ensure the worlds best tuition is available to all of our students.  


This includes regular classes with world champion level instructors from JKS Japan’s Honbu Dojo. 

We also offer opportunities to train in Japan once per year for those interested in making the trip.  

Fully Certified 

Our instructors are fully insured and certified coaches through the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB), the only recognised governing body for Karate in Scotland, and are Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Certified.


JKS Scotland maintains a high standard of practice and tuition throughout the association and has a strong competition squad in Kata (Pre-arranged Forms) and Kumite (Free Sparring).


With many title winners within our association ranging from club level wins all the way up to World title winners. 


We work hard to ensure you receive the right tuition for your goal, whether that’s fitness, confidence or to compete, there are a variety of different disciplines to specialise in.  

  1. We offer Traditional Shotokan Karate: At JKS Edinburgh, we specialise in teaching traditional Shotokan Karate, a time-honored martial art form renowned for its focus on technique, discipline, and mental fortitude. Our experienced instructors are committed to preserving the rich traditions and values of this ancient martial art.

  2. Expert Instruction: Our dedicated team of highly trained instructors possesses a deep expertise in Shotokan Karate. They provide comprehensive guidance, foster growth in technical skills, physical strength, and mental discipline. We personalise our approach, so you’ll receive the individual attention necessary to progress at your own pace.

  3. Fitness and Well-being: Engaging in martial arts offers numerous physical and mental health benefits. Through our training programs, you’ll improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Regular practice will enhance your mental focus, self-confidence, and stress management skills, empowering you in all aspects of life.

  4. Supportive Community: Join a vibrant and inclusive community of individuals passionate about martial arts and personal growth. At JKS Edinburgh, we foster a supportive atmosphere where students of all ages and skill levels can come together to train, learn, and inspire each other. You’ll find camaraderie, encouragement, and lifelong friendships within our tight-knit community.

At JKS Edinburgh, we take pride in offering a wide range of martial arts classes designed to cater to individuals of all ages and skill levels. Our diverse programs ensure that everyone can find their place within our supportive community, from our energetic Tigers classes for young children to our main classes for all grades starting from age 7 and up. We also provide advanced classes for those seeking to further refine their skills. Join us and embark on an enriching martial arts journey tailored to your needs.


Tigers Classes (Ages 4 to 6):

Our Tigers classes are specifically designed for young children aged 4 to 6. These classes provide a fun and engaging introduction to martial arts, instilling valuable life skills while promoting physical development and coordination. Led by experienced instructors, our Tigers classes incorporate age-appropriate training techniques, interactive exercises, and character-building activities to lay a strong foundation for future martial arts pursuits.


Main Classes (All Grades, Age 7 and Up):

Our main classes are open to individuals of all ages, starting from 7 years old and up. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have prior martial arts experience, our main classes offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers fundamental techniques, forms, sparring, and self-defense. Our skilled instructors provide expert guidance, fostering growth in technical proficiency, physical fitness, and mental discipline. 


Advanced Classes:

For those seeking to push their martial arts skills to the next level, we offer advanced classes designed to challenge and refine the abilities of proficient practitioners. These classes cater to individuals who have demonstrated a strong grasp of the foundational techniques and are ready to delve deeper into the intricacies of their chosen martial art.

With our experienced instructors, the advanced classes focus on advanced techniques, advanced forms, and specialized training to further develop your expertise.