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Covid-19 update

tiger cubs having fun

We now have a date to work towards in terms of getting our dojos back open for you to train in. 14 September is the date the Scottish Government gave on 30 July for getting gyms re-opened. We think gyms are a good match for dojos and so that's what we look out for when listening to the briefings.

Meanwhile we hope you're managing to get motivated and training on your own or within your family groups. Remember there is a wealth of information available to you in your membership folders or in the JKA Karate East Lothian website. Searching "JKA" on Youtube will bring up some of the younger instructors from the honbu dojo in Tokyo as well some of the older masters. As karate is refined all the time, just be careful with your search queries and be aware that there are many styles of karate out there! This is especially important if you are looking for katas - ensure you find an up to date version otherwise you will struggle a wee bit when you get back into the dojo - and you'll stand out for the wrong reasons! Keep strong, keep training ...Of course we are still providing training sessions online, there's still time to join the Zoom classes if you want to try and take the rust of the last few weeks off!

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Basic katas now added to the Premium Supporter area

Sensei Bert Stewart has been using his lockdown time well and has made great progress in adding step by step katas to the Premium Supporter area. You can see step by step breakdowns of each featured kata which can be much easier to follow than watching video - though video is good too.

If you're a member of JKA Dalgety Bay or JKA East Lothian, please remember you've also got detailed instructions in your membership packs. You get your membership packs in January each year when you pay your annual dojo membership.

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JKA Scotland Course and kyu Grading with Sensei Y.Ohta 7th Dan JKA

images_Ohta smile Sensei Y.Ohta 7th Dan JKA

JKA Scotland are proud to announce Sensei Y.Ohta 7th Dan JKA will be visiting the East Region of JKA Scotland to conduct a course and Kyu grading at Dunfermline High School, Fife. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to come along and learn from one of the worlds leading JKA Instructors. After the training course , those students who will be ready can attempt their examination in order to progress to the next level. JKA Scotland has a policy of conducting independent Japanese Gradings , we do not believe in our Instructors grading their own students.

We look forward to Sensei's visit and to some outstanding technically brilliant training sessions.

We wish all students good luck for the examinations.

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Gasshuku 2014


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JKA Scotland East Region Grading Results. Saturday 15th November 2014

Peter Fairbairn and William Hamel Shillinglaw, North Berwick Club

Congratulations to all who passed.


Bert Stewart


1st KYU

Ethan Schulenburg-Calvert - Musselburgh Dojo

2nd KYU

Charlie Scullion - Dalgety Bay Dojo

Adam Swift - Dalgety Bay

Rachael Millar - Musselburgh

Olivia McGowan - Musselburgh

Cameron Johnson - Musselburgh

3rd KYU

Peter Fairbairn - North Berwick

William Hamel-Shillinglaw - North Berwick

Sylke Hamel - North Berwick

Jake Stewart - Dalgety Bay

Ruairi Scullion - Dalgety Bay

Katie Swift - Dalgety Bay

Matthew Santos - Musselburgh

Derek Santos - Musselburgh

Josh Bloomfield - North Berwick

4th KYU

Jaac Lockhart - Dalgety Bay

Fraser Brown - Dalgety Bay

John Brown - Dalgety Bay

Sean Preston - Dalgety Bay

Aidan Schulenburg-Calvert - Musselburgh

Gabriella Santos - Musselburgh

5th KYU

Joe Petrie - Dalgety Bay

Ben Saunders - North Berwick

Miroslav Vilk - North Berwick

6th KYU

Gregory Dewar - Dalgety Bay

Douglas Elder - Dalgety Bay

Lily McPherson - Dalgety Bay

Gavin Simpson - Dalgety Bay

James Uphill - Dalgety Bay

Finlay Mitchell - North Berwick

Peter VIlk - North Berwick

7th KYU

Duncan Law - North Berwick

8th KYU

Calum Bruce - Dalgety Bay

Sandy Bain - North Berwick

Rab Ellis - North Berwick

Joseph Gerald - North Berwick

Anna Dorrian - North Berwick

Nieve Mason - Musselburgh

James Blackly - Musselburgh

9th KYU

Charlie Dykes - Dalgety Bay

Archie Rogers - Dalgety Bay

Ross Creech - Dalgety Bay

Ben Dykes - Dalgety Bay

Jude Kelly - Dalgety Bay

Eilidh Batchelor - Dalgety Bay

Lewis Humphrey - Dalgety Bay

Ronnie Batchelor - Dalgety Bay

Harley Thorburn - Musselburgh

Kathleen Menzies - Musselburgh

Charlene Prescott - Musselburgh

Robert Robinson - Musselburgh

Keith Christie - Musselburgh


Peter Fairbairn and William Hamel Shillinglaw, North Berwick Club

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EVENT 1- Childrens Kata U / 10years all grades
1. Jake Stewart - JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
2. Adam Swift - JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
3. Anna Dorian - JKA Karate East Lothian / Gabriella Santos - JKA Karate East Lothian

EVENT 2-Childrens Kata 10-15 years W-P/W
1. Katie Swift -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
2. Phoebe Coyle - JKA Dunfermline
3. Peter Fairbairn- JKA Karate East Lothian / Cameron Gardiner

EVENT 3 - Childrens Kata 10-15 years Brown-Dan Grade
1. Lucy Ferguson - JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
2. Ross Lunn - JKA Karate East Lothian
3. Caitlin Gray -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay / Lewis Simpson -JKA Karate East Lothian

EVENT 4 - Ladies Kata 16 Plus
1. Marie Buck -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
2. Kim Stephen -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
3. Susan Campbell - JKA Dunfermline / Joanne Oʼdonnell

EVENT 5 Gents Kata 16Plus
1. Colin Flynn -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay
2. Magnus Garson -JKA Karate Dalgety Bay3. Mark Knox / Murdo Lunn -JKA Karate East Lothian

EVENT 6 - Junior Team Kata
1. Dalgety bay A ( Lucy Hull/Kira Dowie / Eve Mooney)
2. JKA Karate East Lothian A
3. Karate Youth Initiative – Dunfermline / JKA Dunfermline A

EVENT 7 - Senior Team Kata
1. Dalgety Bay A ( Magnus Garson / Kim Stephen / Marie Bower)
2. JKA Karate East Lothian
3. JKA Dunfermline A / JKA Dunfermline B


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Gasshuku 2013


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New Daytime Classes

New daytime classed will be starting at Dalgety Bay dojo. The classes will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, times to  be confirmed. If you're interested please contact me by mobile or email address.

Please contact Sensei Bert Stewart on


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Congratulations to all involved in a successful national championships

Congratulations to everyone involved in a successful JKA Karate Do Shotokan Scotland national championships in Dunfermline on Saturday 8 March.


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Welcome to JKA Karate East Lothian

JKA Karate East Lothian is a family club dedicated to teaching traditional Shotokan Karate through concentrating on good basic technique, taught in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

Done properly, basic karate practice offers a good workout, promotes flexibility, assists with concentration and provides elements of self-defence training for encounters or situations outwith the dojo.

Beginners only need loose fitting clothes - and the first lesson is always free so you can see if this traditional martial art is for you.

A gi, or karate suit, comes later and can  be secured through your club instructor.

JKA Karate East Lothian is affiliated to JKA Scotland and to the Japan Karate Association, headquartered in Tokyo and generally regarded as the heir to the Shotokan karate tradition first developed by Master Funakoshi Gichin and codified by Sensei Nakayama.

To see if this art is for you, call Sensei Bert Stewart on 07863-135269 , email him or arrange to turn up early for the classes listed on this site.


ALL INSTRUCTORS with Disclosure Scotland certificates, registered with the Scottish Karate Governing Body, and the appropriate qualifications for instruction.