About the Chief Instructor Gursharan Sahota

Gursharan Sahota was born in 1960 in Kenya, East Africa, but has lived in Bedford, England, since he was 12.

Now an 8th dan, Gursharan has competed in a multitude of kata and kumite events, many at national and international level. But the most significant event in his career was the visit he made in 1984 to Japan. There, he fulfilled a great ambition by training in a japanese dojo under the instruction of Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa.

This experience proved to be a turning point for Gursharan. On his return to England, he realised the trip had been the inspiration he needed to dedicate his future to training and teaching karate as a way of life.

Gursharan's first club was opened in Luton/Dunstable in 1981, and this is now the association's hombu (HQ). Having been a teacher of the art for many years, he formed his own association in 1993 - Tiska (The Traditional International Shotokan Karate Association) which is now one of the biggest associations in the UK.

For the full biography visit www.tiska.com

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Welcome to the Newbury and Tadley Shotokan Karate Website.


Newbury and Tadley Shotokan Karate Clubs are both growing clubs that were established over four years ago. The clubs have students ranging from the age of 4 up to an adult level, where all ages are mixed in classes together maintaining a good family atmoshpere.


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Gradings Calendar
Buy the Book! The Shokotan Karate Handbook - Beginner to Black belt

Beginner to Black Belt

This handbook a must for all students. Everything you need to know explained in a step by step easy to follow manner, warm up
exercises, self
defence techniques, sparring, all kicks, blocks and striking techniques plus 16 katas. This handbook will guide you right through to Black Belt.

If you would like to buy the book or any other merchandise please speak to your club instructor or secretary.


Grading Application Form

Grading application forms are available to download from the gradings page or ask your Instructor. Gradings take place quarterly at your nearest region by the Chief Instructor of TISKA.

Details of the coloured belt system and the syllabus for each are available here by clicking on the button.