About

Welcome to our website. These clubs were established in 2012 / 2013 and are under the instruction of Sensei C Gregory (5th Dan), who started karate at the age of 14. Our club members come from varied backgrounds and started karate for many different reasons eg. Fitness, Confidence, Discipline, Self Defence, Bullying or just social. Currently we have a good balance of adults (male and Female) and children from Beginner to Black Belts. Our clubs continue to grow with a good retention of students, families and individuals.

What is Karate?

There are 3 key skills that we teach in our classes, which are breifly explained below, but there are also many other benefits to learning Karate:

  • Fitness
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Defence
  • Confidence
  • Etiquette
  • Respect
  • Self Discipline

Kihon (Basics) - These are individual or combinations of basic techniques that consist of Punching, Sriking, Blocking and Kicking. They can be performed in a stationary position or stepping in a stance. Below are a few basics that you will learn for your first grading.

Zenkutsu Dachi ---------- Front Stance
Choku Zuki ----------Straight Punch
Gyaku Zuki ---------- Reverse Punch
Oi Zuki ---------- Stepping Punch
Gedan Barai Uke ---------- Lower Level Block
Age Uke ---------- Upper Rising Block
Mae Geri ---------- Front Snap Kick

Kata (Form/Pattern) - A Kata consists of a combination of basic techniques performed in a set pattern. This is mainly practiced alone to allow the practitioner to visualise the enermy attacks, but you will also get an opportunity to test out an application of the kata with a partner, known as Bunkai. Below are the "Ten Elements of Kata".

Yoi No Kisin ---------- The spirit of getting ready.
Inyo ----------The active and passive.
Chikara No Kyojaku ---------- The Manner of using strength.
Waza No Kankyu ---------- The speed of movement.
Tai No shinshuku ---------- The degree of expansion and contraction.
Kokyu ---------- Breathing.
Tyakugan ---------- The aiming points.
Kiai ---------- Shouting.
Keitai No Hoji ---------- Correct Positioning.
Zanshin ---------- Remaining on guard.

Kumite (Sparring) - This part of our training is mostly practiced with a partner, which consists of pre-arranged techniques for both the attacker and blocker. Below are the different categories of sparring.

Go Hon Kumite ----------5 Attack Sparring
Sanbon Kumite ----------3 Attack Sparring
Kihon Ippon Kumite ---------- Basic 1 Attack Sparring (Sets 1-7)
Jiyu Ippon Kumite ---------- Semi Free 1 Step Sparring (Sets 1-7)
Okuri Jiyu Ippon Kumite ---------- Jiyu Ippon + 1 Free Attack
Jiyu Ippon ---------- Free Sparring

Classes in Mill Hill, Edgware, Hendon, Finchley, Hornsey & Golders Green

The Club Instructor

I have been training in Shotokan Karate for over 20 years and took part in my first beginners class at TISKA Stalbans, under the instruction of Mr K Coles. I took up Karate to improve my health and fitness, but mainly to increase my self confidence, which has helped me in many aspects of my life. In May 1999, I passed my grading for Black Belt (Shodan), which gave me a great sense of achievement and made me realise anything is possible if you put your heart into it. Below are a few key events of my life in Karate.

Shodan (1st Dan) --- 23/05/1999

Nidan (2nd Dan) --- 04/11/2001

Sandan (3rd Dan) --- 17/01/2006

Masters Course, Dubai --- Aug 2010

Yondan (4th Dan) --- 06/08/2010

Godan (5th Dan) --- 16/10/2016

Even after many years of doing Karate, there is always so much more to learn, so I keep up with regular training at our Hombu (Headquarters) with Chief Instructor, Sensei G Sahota (8th Dan). Karate has given me confidence, good health and fitness, discipline, knowledge to defend myself or others and I have also made a lot of friends too.  

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DOJO KUN ~ THE DOJO KARATEKA OATH

"Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto"
(One! To strive for the perfection of character)
  
"Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto"
(One! To Defend the Paths of Truth)
  
"Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto"
(One! To Foster the Spirit of Effort)
  
"Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto"
(One! To Honour the Principles of Etiquette)
  
"Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto"
(One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage)

TISKA GRADES AND BELT ORDER

Beginners      White Belt
10th Kyu        Blue Belt
9th Kyu          Red Belt
8th Kyu          Orange Belt
7th Kyu          Yellow Belt
6th Kyu          Yellow with Green Tag
6th Kyu          Green Belt
5th Kyu Int     Green with Purple Tag
5th Kyu          Purple Belt
4th Kyu Int     Purple with White Tag
4th Kyu          Purple/White Belt
3rd Kyu Int     Purple/White with Brown Tag
3rd Kyu           Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Int     Brown with White Tag
2nd Kyu          Brown/White Belt
1st Kyu Int      Brown/White with Red Tag
1st Kyu            Brown/Red Belt
1st Dan Int      Brown/Black Belt
1st Dan           Black Belt

The Intermediate grade is for juniors under the age of 14 years, apart from the 1st Dan Intermediate grade, which is for Juniors and Seniors

BASIC DOJO ETIQUETTE

  • Bow to Sensei (Teacher) as soon as you see him/her.
  • Be ready to start your lesson (Remove Socks, Shoes, Jackets).
  • Bow before you enter or leave the Dojo.
  • Students should address each other by Surname.
  • Line up in grade order, quickly and quietly.
  • If told to relax, straighten your Gi quickly and quietly.
  • If Sensei corrects you, you bow and respond "Oss Sensei".
  • Drinks should NOT be consumed in the Dojo.
  • At the end of the session, after the bow in your line, all students should approach Sensei for a final bow as a line of respect, as you do when you arrive for training.

USEFUL WORD TRANSLATIONS

Karate = Empty Hand 
Sensei = Teacher  
Dojo = Training Hall  
Gi = Training Uniform
Kiai = Shout 
Rei = Bow 
Yame = Stop 
Yoi = Ready