Welcome to JKS Karate Chester (Hoole) Dojo and Martial Arts School

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Learn Karate in Chester at our Martial Arts School based 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 Dojo Chester at 4-4.45pm and 5-6pm.
Welcoming new beginners age 6 to 60+
Perfect for all the family, learn the basics of Shotokan Karate and learn them well. Perfect for starting your martial arts journey.

Intermediate, Advanced and Adults

Taking it up a gear

Every Monday in Hoole Dojo  Chester from 6.15pm-7.30pm.

For adults, intermediate and advanced karate students.

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

Fighting Fit Wed-Fri
Outdoor Group Training

Sweat, sweat, sweat repeat

Outside in the dojo grounds from 9-10am
Welcoming new beginners age 6-60+ 
Our daily morning training sessions focus on mobility, flexibility, strength, stability, balance & co-ordination. They include aspects of kata, kumite and kihon. Classes are outside, and you're training with your instructor. If you want more from your karate these are where it's at.

The early bird Saturday Session

Get in, get on, get out

More details in due course.

Temporarily on hold

About JKS Karate Chester (Hoole) Dojo

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JKS Karate Chester is, obviously, a Karate Club based in Chester. We currently operate from a dojo in the suburb of Hoole. We practise a form of karate known as Shotokan that is known for its powerful yet fast style. The club was born out of a simple idea: to bring high quality, accessible and affordable karate 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 Karate 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. Kagawa 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.

The JKS international standing, and its representation at the highest levels of world sport, mean that when you train at JKS Karate 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 severe, we also like to ensure that the learning environment is not only challenging but fun and enjoyable! Try any class and you'll 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.

JKS Karate Chester Opening Hours

Visit Us In Hoole, Chester

Monday: 8.30-9.30am 4pm - 8pm

Tue-Fri: 8.30am-9.30am
Saturday: TBA

The Old Chapel, Housesteads Drive,

Hoole, Chester, CH2 3DL

Get in Touch

07379 809646

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