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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Due to grading examinations in other regions, training for all students this SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER is at Newbury college in the morning. This is the last lesson before the Newbury region grading, the times and address are as follows.

Sports Hall
Newbury College
Monks Lane
RG14 7TD

Brown and above
9.00am - 9.45am
Green/Purple/Purple and White stripe
9.45am - 10.30am
10.30am - 11.15am

Any grading forms must be handed in to the club secretary at this lesson, they cannot be handed in on the grading day.

Training resumes as normal on Sunday 2nd October



Hungerford Shotokan Karate Club is a growing club that has been established for over four years. The club has 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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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.