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Welcome to JKS Chester Karate School and Dojo in Hoole

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Welcome to our Martial Arts School based in Chester in Hoole, a place to learn new skills, meet new friends and feel accomplished, every single day. Take a look at our classes and book online; find out about our dojo, our gradings and forthcoming events; read about our teachers and get in touch to find out more.


Check out our current class schedule here

Children and Beginners

Dive Right In

Every Monday night in Hoole Chester at 6pm-7pm 
Welcoming new beginners age 6 to 60+
Perfect for all the family, learn the basics and learn them well. Perfect for starting your martial arts journey.

Intermediate, Advanced and Adults

Taking it up a gear

Every Monday in Hoole Chester from 7pm-8pm, and Tuesday (same venue) from 7.30-8.30pm

For adults, intermediate and advanced karate students.

Perfect for advancing your karate skills and taking you to the next level. 

Fighting Fit Friday
All ages & abilities

Sweat, sweat, sweat repeat

Every Friday in Hoole Chester from 4.30pm-5.30pm
Welcoming new beginners age 6-60+ 
Our Friday fitness class focuses on skills training for martial arts.
Perfect for developing flexibility, speed, power, stamina, co-ordination and mobility.

The early bird Saturday Session

Get in, get on, get out

Every Saturday in Hoole Chester from 8.30am-9.30am
Welcoming the whole family.

Our Saturday session is the perfect start to the weekend. Be prepared to work hard and sweat a little! The perfect class for practising the skills taught in our other classes.

About Our Martial Arts and Karate School

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JKS Chester is a Karate School based obviously in Chester in the suburb of Hoole. The club was born out of a simple idea: to bring high quality, accessible and affordable martial arts to the entire community. Our unique approach to learning: by ensuring basic physical aptitudes are developed (such as flexibility, strength, mobility and balance); with a focus on teaching traditional Shotokan Karate skills and values (through the development of character, sincerity and self control by the application of effort), make us the obvious choice for those wanting high quality teaching.

JKS Chester is affiliated to the Japan Karate Shotorenmei (JKS) Federation, a worldwide organisation with representation in over 61 countries and over 100 affiliated clubs across England. JKS World Chief Instructor is the legendary Masao Kagawa Shihan 9th Dan. Kawaga Shihan is also the World Technical Director for the World Karate Federation (WKF) – the only World Governing body recognised by the International Olympic Committee, and the JKS has played a lead role in preparing the Karate world for its inclusion in the Olympic Games in Japan 2020.

JKS worldwide presence, and its representation at the highest levels of world sport, mean that when you train at JKS Chester you can be assured that you are learning Shotokan Karate as it is meant to be. We are committed to ensuring that students achieve the highest standards in the martial art and while this may seem a little po-faced, we also like to ensure that the learning environment is not only challenging but fun and enjoyable! Try any class and see for yourself!


Through our links to the JKS, our club is currently the only Shotokan Karate club in and around Chester UK with a direct affiliation to a headquarters in Japan; through this affiliation we can trace our links (from master to student) directly back to the founder of modern Shotokan Karate - Master Gichin Funakoshi.

Opening Hours

Visit Us In Hoole, Chester

Monday: 6pm - 8pm

Tuesday: 7.30pm-8.30pm
Friday: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Saturday: 08.30am-09.30am

The Old Chapel, Housesteads Drive,

Hoole, Chester, CH2 3DL

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