About the Chief Instructor Gursharan Sahota

Gursharan Sahota was born in Kenya, East Africa but moved to the UK at the age of 12.

He took up karate at the age of 14 in the local Bedford club, and was awarded black belt 1st dan four years later.

Now a 7th 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.

Gursharan's love of karate has never diminished  and he still teaches oer 35 classes per week, in the UK and regularly takes master classes internationally.

He is heavily involved in charity work, helping subsidise trips for surgeons to third world countries to operate on underprivileged children.  He has for many years funded many projects in India for underprivileged children and is at present helping to fund the building of a new school there.

Gursharan lives in Buckinghamshire and is happily married with two beautiful children.


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Welcome to the Kettering & Mawsley Shotokan Karate Club Website.

2014 Kettering Club Summer Training Times
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The Kettering Club is run by the Chief Instructor of TISKA and offers two separate training sessions each week. 

(Please call or email for further information about club training times).  The Mawsley Club is run by Mr Stockley (4th dan).  The classes are held every Monday (see beginners tab for more details and training times).

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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.

Visit the main Tiska website for more information


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.