About the Chief Instructor Gursharan Sahota

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

He took up karate at the age of 14 and was awarded Black Belt 1st Dan (Shodan) four years later.

Now an 8th Dan, Gursharan has competed in a multitude of Kata and Kumite events, many at national level.  The most significant event in his career however was the visit he made to Japan in 1984 when he fulfilled a great ambition by training in a Japanese Dojo under the instruction of Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa.

This experience proved 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.

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- are welcome at St Albans karate and Potters Bar karate  - try a FREE lesson & see if you like it!

* Student of the Year for 2016:

Yudansha.... Anthony Appadoo

Mudansha... Neil Hunter

* Student of the month for Dec / Jan is Joan Gray 

* Karate Kamp - Friday 17th February - Chinese New Year (of the Rooster) theme

* 2017 dates - gradings, courses, tournaments.... see the 'Calendar' above

* Gradings in 2017 are : 12 March; 9 July; 17 September; 10 December

Check out the gallery to find out about karate in St Albans and in Potters Bar


The St Albans & Potters Bar karate club offers three training sessions, on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in St Albans and Monday evenings in Potters Bar.

. "You can mix and match these classes and as you progress increase you training to meet new belt requirement and to satisfy your interest in this fascinating martial art"           Kevin Coles - club instructor.  

Our clubs have members with a wide mix of abilities, from beginner to 4th Dan black belt from a broad range of professional and social backgrounds. Children are increasingly attracted to karate and the club has students as young as five. Our members include families who have trained together for many years from beginner through to black belt. 

In addition to our normal training regime of Kihon, Kata and Kumite, St Albans and Potters Bar karate students participate in association gradings, courses and competitions throughout the year.  Competitions are designed for all skill levels and ages and provide an opportunity for St Albans and Potters Bar students to demonstrate their skills in a competitive environment.

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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.