Sensei Nick MacFarren - 5th Dan
Sensei Nick MacFarren has been practicing karate and martial arts since 1975 Got his 2nd Dan in Wado Ryu with sensei Tatsuo Suzuki 1985  .. then changed to Shotokan karate .. in 1990 he Joined Sensei Masao Kawasoe club in London and started again from white belt and has been with him ever since as he says he is a great inspiration.  He has had the privilege to train with some of the top karate and jujitsu instructors in the world. Recently he has been inspired by Sensei Sham Aktars approach to the original JKA masters training ideas  & concepts so decided to join his organisation to improve his Karate to the optimal level and at the same time share his knowledge.

Sampai Jon Keen 2nd Dan - Assistant Coach/ Instructor


Sampai Jon has been with the club for many years now and has been a very enthusiatic student progressing diligently in his BBC & leadership classes & very lucky to have been working very closely with Sensei Aktar who has been nurturing him well during this time. Sampai Jon is now one of our Senior Assistant coaches & Instructors and is qualified to take any class if Sensei is not around for some reason. Sampai Jon is particularly popular amongst our younger students for this reason. He always pushes himself under the direction of sensei Aktar having achieved a Bronze medal and final placing in the recent JKA UK National Kumite Championships through his hard effort and sincere training under the supervision of Aktar sensei..


Sampai Prab Padisetti 1st Dan - Assistant Coach / Intructor

 Sampai Prab has been training with the club for many years and through his enthusiasm and motivation,has been able to become a Shodan Black Belt over a period of time. He also provides an extremely active,motivating & lively practise session for the students, especially in terms of conditioning and fitness, under the guidance of Aktar sensei. Lately encouraging his own family & children to take up karate JKA and practise together.


Sampai Nathan Ucher 1st Dan - Junior Assistant Coach 

Sampai Nathan Ucher started as a beginner at the Shotokan JKA Academy many years ago and worked his way up through the BBC & leadership programs to become one of the youngest Black Belt coaches at the Academy. He is also one of our most committed students & assistants providing his knowledge and assistance in teaching especially for up and coming beginners.


Sampai Hassan Mehraj Assistant Coach / Instructor

Sampai Hassan also started at the Shotokan JKA Academy as a beginner some 12 years ago and progressed through the grades upto the BBC and leadership classes to become a potential up and coming popular assistant coach, especially with the new special beginners students, at the Luton Location, and uses all his knowledge and skills gained at the Shotokan JKA Academy to motivate and inspire beginning and elementary class students to progress higher through his inspirational teaching style that he has mastered through Sensei Aktars guidance.

Sensei Sham Aktar 6th Dan - Chief Club Coach / Instructor


 With Kanazawa Shihan 10th Dan


With Abe sensei 8th Dan


  With Tanaka sensei 8th Dan


With Yahara sensei 8th Dan

Sensei Sham Aktar - 6th Dan is the club's chief instructor. Originally a fan of Bruce Lee as a Child, he got his early inspiration in wanting to learn martial arts watching Bruce Lee and Samurai films such as the Shogun Assassin etc. Also the fact that since early childhood, he grew up in challenging times, his high School had a reputation in the neighbourhood of having some of the roughest, toughest pupils in the neighbourhood, so naturally he had to put up with a lot of tough competition & ended up always trying to prove himself in front of the 'Big Lads' in order to survive his School days. This kept him very physically active,preparing for the many situational challenges that occured, and so he tried learning Boxing,and many martial arts such as, Judo,Jiu Jitsu, Wing Chun, Taekwondo, and others, as he wanted to see the one that appealed to him the most,following in the footsteps of his mentor Bruce Lee.  Over decades of training, including several trips to both China and Japan to train with the world's best known masters of JKA Shotokan karate and other martial arts, he has been able to fulfill his ambition in life, and has acquired precious gems of knowledge that he passionately desires to pass on to his dedicated & committed karate students, as his contribution towards the positive human development through martial arts in society. Sensei Aktar never forgets the principles and teachings of JKA Shotokan and other martial arts that he learned from all the top legendary masters,and now in his Dojos' he tries to simplify them for all his students,so what took many years of practise by trial and error, is simplified and taught at world class level by sensei Aktar for his students to make sure their martial arts journey is the best that it can possibly be. He has been personally taught by the worlds very best masters such as :

Master Kase 10th Dan, Nishiyama 10th Dan, Asai 9th Dan, Kanazawa 9th Dan,Shirai 8th Dan,Enoeda 8th Dan,Tanaka 8th Dan, Yahara 8th Dan,Kawasoe 8th Dan,and others, some of whom sadly are no longer alive today. Each master was so good & unique at some special aspect or skill of Shotokan JKA and sensei Aktar had vowed from his early days training with them to capture the essence of each of their technique/s,& teachings and to be able to simplify & teach them in his own unique way to his dedicated, & enthusiatic students, which he does very successfully in his clubs as his students have begun to shine in all aspects of martial arts.This also saves them years of wasteful learning as he has a simplified system, like a road map for them to train on to achieve their ultimate success, not only in martial arts but in all aspects of their lives.

Sensei Aktars unique teaching point is to be able to take a dedicated student way past his/her potential to the ultimate level of technique and skill by simplifying the essence of teachings of the teachings of the great original masters. Thus ensuring high quality effective karate and state of mind learning & development for his students. You can be guaranteed an improvement in your physical & mental state when training with Sensei Aktar, as he always,simplifies & gently encourages you beyond your limit to find your true hidden potential in ultimate karate skills..This is the essence of his teaching. It is also in this way that many of his students continue to have successful first placings in JKAWF national karate competitions.

If you are interested in training in JKA Karate why not check out Aktar sensei's classes for yourself..Call now: 

Luton : 07956 553417  OR   Watford 07813 680603

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Training with Bruce Lee's best,top student Sifu Danny Inosanto in younger days.


Sensei Aktar 6th Dan:
Training with the world's leading martial arts masters in his younger days below:

With Shirai Sensei 8th Dan

With Yaguchi sensei 8th Dan