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Welcome to Luton Higashi Karate Kai

About Us

Based in Luton, we have been established for 20 years and the standards set at the club are of the highest level. Luton Higashi is ranked among the top clubs in the UK and Sensei John Hurley is the highest graded Higashi instructor in Herts, Beds and Bucks.

New for 2020

The Luton Higashi Karate Club has a whole host of events and activities planned for 2020 which we hope will interest, entertain and educate new and old students and their friends and families, alike.

Now, on to the future! In 2020 there will be much more of a focus on competition and preparing students for competing at local and national levels. There will be a variety of ways we will do this, such as having mini competitions at our dojo and taking students to watch competitions to see how it all works.

We have seperate squad training sessions which can be found in our calendar

We want all of our students to have the opportunity to compete if they wish. It’s not compulsory, but we do encourage it as it really does build confidence and character preparing for, and then competing in, competitions . . . and it’s fun!

Throughout the year we will have visits from a number of martial artists from other styles who will teach seminars and specific skills that are unique to them. For instance, Steve Reynolds is a Muay Thai (Thai boxing) practitioner who is also skilled in “close protection”, i.e. being a bodyguard and all that this entails. His seminars are always entertaining and very interesting - learning how to protect a VIP, keep them safe and to disarm attackers. We also have visits from jiu jitsu and kung fu experts at different times, so we also learn about “groundwork” (grappling on the floor) with the jiu jitsu and different ways of punching and kicking with kung fu.

There will be more events and special seminars added throughout the year. Keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook page for more information. You can also sign up for a regular newsletter.

We hope that all of this exciting news will intrigue you and keep you coming back for more throughout the year!

Karate for Kids 4-7 years old


Power Dragons is a specially designed Martial Arts course aimed at children aged 4-7 years old (nursery, reception, years 1&2). The students will learn important self defense skills and also the life skills that are imparted as part of their training.


As they learn these various character and life skills such as respect, confidence and self control, they are rewarded with stickers of parts of Dave the Dragon until they have completed the course and become Power Dragons themselves!


Naturally, Power Dragons also provides the children with excellent exercise which will help them build their strength and co-ordination in a fun atmosphere. More information