About Tiska Staines & Surbiton

The Staines & Surbiton Karate clubs are two of many of TISKA’s successful clubs and offers training sessions every Sunday morning at Tolworth Recreation Centre in Surbiton and Sunday morning/afternoon at the Thames Club in Staines.

Staines and Surbiton clubs have a mix of grades from beginners up to 3rd Dan Black Belts. Classes are run with children and adults together, making lessons suitable for individuals and families alike.

Gradings are held regularly throughout the year, where students take an exam to achieve their next grade. For many young students this promotes self-confidence and a sense of achievement and motivation.

Additionally, students can participate in courses run by Sensei Sahota, and take part in an annual TISKA National Competition, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt and developed through their training, and maybe win one of the many large trophies on offer.

Beginners’ classes are available every week for people of all ages from 5 to 65. We also welcome individuals with previous karate or martial arts experience.

Private tuition is available for those who may require additional training or wish to be trained individually.

Classes in Staines & Surbiton

The Club Instructor

Mr Andrew Sebley (4th Dan) has been practising the art of karate since 2001, when he joined TISKA Beaconsfield club. He achieved Shodan grade (black belt) in November 2005 and continues training at the club under the guidance of TISKA Chief Instructor Sensei Sahota himself.

As well as running the Staines & Surbiton clubs, Mr Sebley also runs three after school clubs in the Maidenhead area. He is also a support instructor at the Chalfont & Beaconsfield club, as well as at Maidenhead club.

Mr Sebley has also competed regularly in the TISKA National Championships. On several occasions he has won first and second places trophies in kumite and kata and team kata events.

All TISKA instructors are fully insured and enhanced CRB checked.

Contact Club Instructor

What is Shotokan Karate?

Shotokan (Shoh’toh-kan) means “Shoto’s house”, where “Shoto” was the pen-name of Gichin Funakoshi, a man who is commonly referred to as “the father of modern Karate”. Shotokan Karate is a Japanese martial art founded by Funakoshi with its roots from the Okinawan martial art tradition (style) of Shorin-Ryu. This style has, in turn, many similarities with Chinese martial arts and was influenced by the strong historic trading and communication links between Okinawa and the Chinese mainland. Shotokan Karate is characterised by deep, strong stances and dynamic techniques. 

Why Shotokan Karate?
• Develop and maintain fitness and flexibility. 
• Increase your confidence and self esteem. 
• Learn self defence skills. 
• Feel good and have fun!

Karate practice is divided into three aspects:
• Kihon (basic techniques) 
• Kata (forms/patterns) 
• Kumite (sparring) 
Each of these aspects of Shotokan Karate is carefully and methodically practiced within all TISKA association clubs. Through meticulous and constant training, participants of all ages are encouraged to develop their own Karate ability at their own pace. Initially, physical contact is avoided, but as you increase in ability you will be encouraged to participate in controlled sparring with your club members. Shotokan students (typically at brown and black belt level) may occasionally train with traditional Okinawan weapons; the bo, a six foot wooden staff and the sai, a pronged truncheon.

THE DOJO KARATEKA OATH "DOJO KUN"

• "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 Effot !)
• "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 !)