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SKA England, News!

SKA achieve “Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts”

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the “Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts”, which has the support of Sport England. Here at the Shukokai Karate Academy we take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons very seriously and have worked hard to obtain this.

Information about this award and what it means to students and parents can be found at 

The Shukokai Karate Academy, England is, and always will be, committed to the continuing development of all our young athletes within a safe environment.

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Welcome to the shukokai karate academy

Hello, welcome to the home of the Shukokai Karate Academy one of the most successful Shukokai Karate Academy's in the UK. We are a family run Karate organisation in Kent, England. Our Federation is affiliated to the English Karate Federation and therefore the WKF World Karate Federation. Our students are some of the most respectful and dedicated students you will come across. We have Dojo at Kingswood, Maidstone YMCA, Lenham, Marden, Downswood, Sutton Valance and the New Line Learning Academy Maidstone. You will be welcomed into our association with a free taster lesson and then sent details via email as to how to join. Lessons are spread across 6 days a week and students may attend any lessons that is appropriate for their age and grade. At the SKA we pride ourselves in the Traditional Karate we teach alongside the Sport Karate side too, implemented to test our technique at tournaments. Our association is growing month by month and we are extremely proud of our ethos. DREAM "Discipline, Respect, Ethos, Ambition, Motivation".

We, as Chief Instructors, are extremely proud of every single one of the students within the SKA and their commitment and determination to succeed.   

We look forward to welcoming you to the Shukokai Karate Academy.

Sensei Chris and Sensei Katie Simpson

Established, October 2018

The Shukokai Karate Academy previously Kent Karate (2007-2018) has been established since October 2018. Sensei Chris, Sensei Katie and Sensei Steve took the association to the next level by becoming full members of the EKF, giving their students exciting new opportunities within the English Karate Federation and beyond. Here at the Shukokai Karate Academy we believe in the true Martial Art, we teach Basics, Kata, Kumite, Impact and Fitness. We embed discipline, dedication, respect and focus. Teaching students from the age of 4yrs to adults, we make sure that all our students are well equipped physically and mentally. The Shukokai Karate Academy promotes a high level of discipline, ambition, respect and perseverance.  Instructors fully back their students whether it be through involvement in competitive karate or through learning martial arts as a hobby.

Shukokai Karate Academy instructors and Coaches

Chief Instructor Sensei Chris Simpson


Sensei Chris Simpson, 4th Dan Black Belt, has trained in Shukokai Karate for over 20 years. Sensei Chris brings a wealth of experience to the Shukokai Karate Academy. Sensei Chris is DBS checked and First Aid trained and is an English Karate Federation qualified Judge.

Chief Instructor Sensei Katie Simpson


Sensei Katie Simpson, 4th Dan Black Belt,  has trained in Shukokai Karate for over 25 years. Sensei Katie brings a wealth of experience and her World and European titles to the Shukokai Karate Academy. Sensei Katie is a PE Teacher at in Maidstone, is DBS checked, First Aid trained and an EKF accredited coach. 

Instructor Sensei Steve Pereira


Sensei Steve 2nd Dan has over 10 years of training experience with Sensei Chris and Sensei Katie and opened his SKA Sutton Valence Dojo in November 2018. Sensei Steve has won Veterans Shukokai World and European Kumite titles. Sensei Steve is DBS checked, First Aid trained and is a qualified English Karate Federation Judge.

Instructor Sensei Maria Pereira


Maria Pereira, 2nd Dan has over 12 years of training experience with Sensei Chris and Sensei Katie. She has competed at many competitions over the years with success at numerous World and European Shukokai championships, she now turns her sights to teaching alongside her father Sensei Steve. 

SKA Coach Luke Carpenter


Luke Carpenter, 2nd Dan, has been training with the Shukokai Karate Academy for over 11 years. He has a wealth of experience both Nationally and Internationally. Luke is DBS checked and an EKF accredited coach.

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Shukokai Karate Academy

ME15 9QL, Maidstone, Kent, England

07801 639052


Monday - Friday: 4pm - 9pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed