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We’re back to face to face training in East Lothian!

It's been a long long time since March 2020 when we suspended training to comply with lockdown restrictions. With East Lothian's move into Tier Two, we can get back into our dojos at both the North Berwick Sports Centre and QMU in Musselburgh.

The first class back is with Sensei Steve Fraser at North Berwick on Monday 30 November, with Sensei Stewart returning to teach at QMU in Musselburgh on Thursday 3rd December.

Members should have received an emall from Sensei Bert Stewart with details.

It's not quite back to business to usual. Contact is still forbidden for people over the age of 12 and we will be observing social distancing.

In case you didn't get the email - here's what it said:

Classes will resume on Thursday 3rd December 2020 at Musselburgh and Monday 30th November 2020 at North Berwick.

Musselburgh classes will take place at Queen Margaret University (room 0051 – rehearsal studio): Under 11s 7:00-7:35pm and 12 and overs 7:55-8:30pm on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

North Berwick, will be at North Berwick Sports Centre, Under 11s 7:00-8:00pm and 12-and-over 8:00-9:00pm Monday.

Classes will feel and operate very differently from before so please read the following details very careful.  Due to space restrictions and social distancing requirements we are introducing a new online booking system for both Musselburgh and a separate one for North Berwick please apply for a place using this form and I will be in touch to let you know if you have been successful. In the confirmation email I will send you a link to a symptom checker form which each student MUST fill in on the day of the class and must be filled in at least two hours before the start of the class. This is a Scottish Government requirement and I am not permitted to allow anyone to enter a class without this.

Social distancing is not required for children aged 11-years and under, however 2m distancing will need to be adhered to for those aged 12 and above which will limit the number of students who can be accommodated in the room we have been allocated.  If there is a high demand, priority will be given to those who have subscribed to the online classes and on an attendance basis.

Some of the changes we anticipate being necessary will be that changing rooms and toilet facilities may remain closed, please therefore come ready to train and already changed. Please use hand sanitiser provided and avoid physical contact with other students/ parents. Training will resume on a non-contact basis and therefore there will be no use of shared equipment. When booking a class please do so on the basis that you intend to use the place otherwise someone else may lose out as a result.  We are required to leave windows open throughout the session so you may wish to wear a white t shirt under your gi as the weather gets colder. On entering the building you must wear face coverings and only remove them in the training room. Because of a requirement to leave 20 minutes between each class for cleaning, classes will necessarily be shorter at Musselburgh than before.

There will be no option to pay in cash going forward. Payment will remain monthly in advance as per the JKA East Lothian page, we will be in touch shortly regarding a revised payment structure.

Thank you for your ongoing support for the dojos and I look forward to resuming in-person classes.

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Covid 19 – latest update

Sign of a "finish line ahead"

Sensei Bert has been in touch with all students by email to give you the latest information on the re-opening of JKA North Berwick and JKA Musselburgh. Dalgety Bay has already re-opened!

Dear students and parents,

Thank you all for your ongoing support and attendance at our Zoom classes. Plans for reopening of the North Berwick and Musselburgh dojos are now in the planning stage and we are waiting confirmation from the centres on potential dates when we can begin physical classes once again. I know how much everyone will be looking forward to getting back to physical training once again and we are hopeful that will be very soon but until we receive dates we will continue with the Zoom classes. We will be back in touch as soon as we can with detailed information on how classes will work going forward. Physical distancing measures will remain in place and will necessarily change how we operate. We are in discussions with the centres as to their covid-compliant requirements and our own procedures to keep everyone as safe as possible. Some of the changes we anticipate include changing rooms remaining closed, you therefore may need to come ready to train and already changed, use of hand sanister before and exiting class and that training will resume on a non-contact basis and with no use of shared equipment. 

We are also working on introducing a new online booking system to ensure we both comply with new capacity limits and ensure everyone who wants to train will be able to do so. We will also be introducing a new payment structure for contactless payment via standing order only, details will be forwarded to you in due course. There will be no option to pay in cash going forward and standing order payment must be put in place before attendance at any classes will be possible.

Thank you for you ongoing support for the dojos and I look forward to resuming in-person classes soon.


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Latest Covid Update

We're putting the finishing touches to a range of measues to allow us to re-open dojos safely.

Senseis Stewart, Osborne and Fraser have all completed the Sportscotland Covid 19 Officer training to ensure we're doing all we can to get ready for the return of face to face training.

We will need to make some changes. These will include:

  • new payment arrangements to end cash handling in favour of less frequent processes, such as asking you to take out a standing order for a block of lessons over a time period
  • new class times to permit cleaning to take place in between classes
  • working out the best mix of Zoom classes and face to face classes to help ensure you get a high quality teaching experience while keeping as safe as we can.
children kumite
Controlled basic kumite

Assuming no sudden change, children under the age of 12 are able to start indoor contact sport from 31 August, with people of all ages able to take part in contact sport from 14 September. This is taken from the Scottish Government guidance and is endorsed by our governing body, the SKGB.

This is going to be a period of trial and error, informed by advice from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Karate Governing Body, so please bear with us as we find a way forward. Keep checking back on this website, or and if you use Facebook, we also post information there. If there's anything you're unsure of, please get in touch.

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Return to Face to Face Training

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Now the government has confirmed gyms can re-open, we're getting ready to return to face to face training! It's been a long five months but we're almost there. We're putting the final touches to the re-opening plan for the Dalgety Bay dojo, with the first night expected to be Wednesday 2nd September. For North Berwick, it looks like the return is likely to be a couple of weeks later, as the Sports Centre is not planning to reopen until 14th September, and we're still waiting for the Queen Margaret University to confirm their plans.

Numbers will have to be limited to ensure we can maintain the 2m social distancing rules, and kumite drills with partners won't be possible, but it will be brilliant to get the spirit back of training with others.

White belt class
Face to face training!

At present, we're looking to give priority for these limited spaces to people who have continued to train over the summer through Zoom classes. The most likely outcome is that we'll set up a way for you to apply for a space on a class through something like a Google spreadsheet, and we'll confirm by email a couple of days before if you've been successful in getting one. We'll keep you up to date.

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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