Self Defence                       Self Discipline                      Self Respect

Speed - Strength - Stamina - Coordination - Flexibility - Balance & Power


About Us

HKC is organised and run by Nigel Smart. We have a support system including a handpicked team of Dan grade coaches, junior assistants, and parent helpers. The club is based in Harpenden and currently holds karate classes locally in Harpenden and St Albans. Nigel’s Martial Arts journey started in the mid 80/s and he was awarded the title of ‘RENSHI SHIHAN’, achieved during a trip to Japan in 2013.

HKC is an independent club, and we teach a well-rounded fighting & self-defence system incorporating traditional, modern and sports orientated Karate.
HKC provide traditional structured training based around the Goju-Ryu system incorporating Kata, basics and sparring utilising Martial Arts elements and applications including, but not limited to: Boxing, Kick Boxing, and conventional Self-Defence techniques. HKC believes elements of all styles of Martial Arts should be considered, discussed, and incorporated in training sessions.

HKC believes in delivering high standard tuition in a professional, informative, and relaxed environment with applications that work in real life situations.
Conditioning, strengthening, increasing stamina, resilience, and fitness, generating power and all-round awareness are a core part of lessons.

We aim to inspire younger children to be confident, to feel safe and to achieve their full potential. Some of our students have been successful at National level, for example a student who trained with us from the age of 14- recently won medals in the RAF National Championships:
GOLD- Female senior Kata 
SILVER- Female senior team Kata
BRONZE- Female senior Kumite

Harpenden Karate Centre is a member of the British Martial Arts and Boxing Association, PL & PI insured, enhanced DBS checked, safeguarding compliant and Paediatric & Child First Aid Level 3 certified. We have several policy documents for best ‘practice’, these include:

HKC Safeguarding Statement.
HKC Safeguarding Policy.
HKC Complaints Policy.
HKC Health & Safety Statement.
HKC Key Facts

Please read our safeguarding statement, we strongly recommend reading our other policy documents to be fully informed and assured you or your child’s/children’s Martial Arts journey is in safe hands.