Gurshuran Sahota

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Gursharan Sahota was born in 1960 in Kenya and moved to Bedford with his family in 1972. At school he was interested in most sports with moderate ability. At the age of 14 he took up karate under the instruction of Sensei Van Weenen at the TASK honbu in Bedford. By the age of 18 he was awarded shodan. It was at this sport he was to excel.

Gursharan enjoyed the competitive side of karate. He trained on any occasions with the national squad competing at many tournaments both at kata and kumite. He represented the association on many occasions as team captain and was usually rewarded with a podium position.


In 1984 he travelled to Japan, where he fulfilled an ambition to train in a Japanese dojo. This he did under the instruction of Sensei Kanazawa. This experience was both invigorating and captivating inspiring him to devote the rest of his life to this fascinating yet demanding art.


Gursharan opened his first club in Luton in1981 and has been teaching almost every day since then. In 1993 the time was right for him to open his own association (TISKA) which now has many clubs in England plus affiliated clubs around the globe.