January 13, 2019 D.Hogg No comments exist

As per our Facebook page and our announcements in the class our classes are displaced for the next few weeks!

The calendar has been updated, so if in doubt please check the venues and times by clicking on the classes. We’re displaced between 14th Jan and 1st Feb so make sure you’re checking each time!

Unfortunately we’ve had to split the classes off between 3 venues so please be sure to check each night!

If you need an image of the date sheet speak to any of the instructors or look on the Facebook Group!

Calendar link here!

November 18, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

As 2018 draws to an end we thought it would be nice to look back over what has been a fantastic year for JKS Edinburgh.

In the last couple of weeks Arimoto Sensei attended and taught the last of this years courses at JKS Edinburgh, once again he blew us away with his technical ability and incredibly friendly style of teaching.  As with all of the JKS Honbu instructors, his course was fantastic and it gave some our newer students a chance to see some world class karate on show!


Previously in the year we hosted Matsue Sensei and Makita Sensei who show that JKS don't just produce world level instructors and competitors but also first class ambassadors for our martial art.

We're truly lucky to have access to such instructors throughout the year!


In addition to these courses, we've also been able to start taking more of our students up to the JKS Scotland Honbu on a more regular basis.

This is a great opportunity not only to meet and learn from other karate-ka, but also to see the wider JKS Scotland community outside of our own club.  This is something we're very keen to keep pushing in 2019 and the below looks to highlight our other successes over the past year.

Tigers Classes

Our Tigers class has been growing block on block all year with the classes now regularly pushing around a dozen regular students every week.

Not only are the classes proving a fantastic success with the parents, who regularly stay to watch their children becoming little karate-ka, but the program is seeing visible results at the gradings, with several of the Tigers now transitioning up into our main classes and training right alongside our adults with incredible ease!

Being able to see our younger students learning the basic discipline and coordination skills needed along with gaining confidence at every lesson is a joy and a real testament to the effort put in by Maja Sensei and Susie!



Main Classes

2018 has also been a fantastic year for our main classes which have gone from strength to strength with an array of kids, adults and families joining our classes and getting involved at all levels.


It's made the already great atmosphere we had at JKS Edinburgh evolve into a closer knit family, though I have no idea how wthe instructors and senior grades fit into this... can we all be "weird aunts/uncles"??

Either way it's something we're proud of and it makes teaching and training with you all a highlight for us every week!


Thanks for all of the effort that everyone has put in, not only to their karate training but also in welcome all of our new students throughout the year.

Having spoken to many of them I know that your friendly and welcoming attitude is a credit to the club and yourselves and a massive factor in how we've been able to grow steadily over the last couple of years.



Wrapping up what is turning increasingly into a "soppy post"; looking back over the photos we've taken for the students of the week, courses, grading successes, social events (of which we're all in agreement that we need more!) and other posts there's a clear progression from all of you.

Whether it be the first pics of some of our students winning student of the week without a gi to moving through the grades and gaining a splash of colour around their waist or even the odd medal success at the JKS nationals, there is a clear development from everyone.


2019 looks to be another busy year for us all at JKS Edinburgh, this includes:

-   A few of our senior grades hoping to sit various dan gradings

-   More Japanese instructors coming to visit our humble dojo

-   One or two other projects such as the idea of another regular training date added to our training calendar and a potential partnership around our fitness bursts.


We're very proud of everyone at our club and can't wait to see what else 2019 will hold!


Sensei's Robert, Maja and Declan

September 27, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

JKS Edinburgh are very proud to be hosting JKS Honbu Instructor and World Champion sensei Koji Arimoto at our dojo again for two top level courses.


As with all of the Honbu instructors Sensei Arimoto is a fantastic tutor and world level competitor  having won an array of championships around the world including World Championship kata titles.


His courses are always in high demand and we don't anticipate this occasion to be any different.  The link for the application forms is below, please either print this off and return it to the Edinburgh Dojo, or complete electronically and send by email to Info@JksEdinburgh.co.uk.

As always other associations are welcome to attend, please contact Robert Sensei via our Contact Us page or via Facebook to confirm spaces.

Course Form PDF Download:  Arimoto Sensei application 5th Nov 2018

Course Form .Doc Download:  Arimoto application 5th Nov 2018

August 1, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

Hello all,

The calendar page of the website has now been updated to include the remaining dates until the end of the year for the main classes and the next Tigers Block which runs to the middle of October.

I’ll be looking to post the national events calendar in the coming weeks as well as updating the Tigers blocks on a more regular basis to allow for any changes with our venue.

For those of you interested in competing please speak to Robert Sensei about what competitions entail and how you can best prepare yourself for these.

See you all soon!


June 6, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

Hello everyone,

Just to clarify the Tigers Classes will be running on a “Pay As You Go” system on the below dates in July:


Friday 6th July
Friday 13th July
Friday 20th July
Friday 27th July

The calendar is currently up to date until the end of July but to highlight that there is NO training on Friday 29th June for Tigers!


The next block will start on the 17th August and the calendar will be updated with ALL class dates in due course.



– Declan

February 25, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

JKS Edinburgh has been featured on the Waterman’s guide to independent clubs & gyms in Edinburgh!


The guide, which can be accessed here, aims to highlight those clubs/businesses it views as having “grit and determination” operating in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, and we are delighted to have been approached by Watermans and featured on this guide.



This is a credit both the hard work of the instructors and also the dedication and attitude of our students, who work exceptionally hard to promote a friendly and positive image of the club while working exceptionally hard on their karate.

Thanks to all our instructors, members and families who continue to support our ever growing club.


-JKS Edinburgh

January 1, 2018 D.Hogg No comments exist

Happy New Year!

While our classes are on holiday, work continues as always and JKS Edinburgh are delighted to announce that this includes the confirmation of 3 guest instructors who will attend in 2018!




19th March – Matsue Sensei

11th June – Matikia Sensei

5th November – Arimoto Sensei






As always, the merit in training with these instructors cannot be understated, further details will follow closer to the time so, until then, enjoy the New Year period, and we look forward to seeing you back on the 8th of January!



December 17, 2017 D.Hogg No comments exist

Congratulations to JKS Senior Instructors: Sensei Robert Steggles, Sensei Sarah Queen, Sensei Richard Steen, Sensei Henry Higgins, who were presented with their Long Service awards at the JKS Christmas Party this week! Also congratulations to Sensei Ronnie Forbes and Sensei Conrad Langer who couldn’t be there to collect their awards.

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people standingLeft to Right Sensei: Steen, Higgins, Queen and Steggles


A fantastic achievement and truly deserved by all!

JKS Scotland truly do have some utterly wonderful home grown instructors, as well as access to the best the world has to offer across the globe!



December 10, 2017 D.Hogg No comments exist

Hello everyone,

The fees for karate in the coming year are changing, most of these changes are small but to reflect this and provide a bit more clarity the full pricing structure has now been added to the website.


As always, a new year offers new opportunities and sensei Robert and JKS Edinburgh are looking to continue expanding in 2018 following the very successful year we’ve had in 2017. This includes more private lessons being available and the details of this have also been added to the website. One to one classes will also be available in Sensei Robert’s own private garage dojo.

Additionally, in light of the number of new students and steady flow of inquiries to the website and facebook page we are exploring other exciting ideas and options for expansion in 2018. Stay tuned!


As the club has continued to grow, so too does the atmosphere in what were already great training environments, this is something all of us are keen to utilise and cultivate, as such we’ll be exploring a number of social/training ideas including the monthly Honbu Dojo trips that will be beginning in January for those who wish to come.


If you have any queries, questions or suggestions, then get in touch with Sensei Robert or any of the other senior grades at the club.



Kind regards,
JKS Edinburgh

September 10, 2017 D.Hogg No comments exist

Due to unforeseen circumstances Arimoto Sensei has unfortunately had to cancel his visit to Scotland in October.

However, the beauty of the JKS is the number of world class instructors in our association.  On 9th October 2017 JKS Edinburgh will host one such instructor with Honbu Instructor Matsue who will teach two classes on the Monday evening!


Matsue sensei is a honbu instructor with a wealth of experience, his ability to simplify even the most complicated techniques mean you are guaranteed to come away with a host of new skills or ideas to keep you thinking!


The application form is below and places are, as always, limited so please do not miss your chance! Contact Sensei Robert today!


Matsue course application Monday 9th October