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About Tiska Bilston & Wednesbury

The club has members ranging from beginner level to Brown belt. Members come from a broad range of professional and social backgrounds.  Students range from 4 years old, through to adults. All classes are mixed together, creating a relaxed, family-like atmosphere.

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 participate in courses run by Sensei Sahota - Chief Instructor (8th Dan) and take part in an annual TISKA National Competition, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt and developed through their training.


Beginners taken on at any time.

Classes in Bilston-Wednesbury-Wednesfield

The Club Instructor

About the Instructors

Mr Om Parkash and Mrs Jill Kennedy have each trained in Shotokan Karate for some 20 years and have both achieved 4th Dan with the Traditional International Karate Association (TISKA) under the guidance of Sensei Gursharan Sahota, 8th Dan.  They regularly train at various TISKA clubs in the Midlands, including Northampton, Dunstable, Kettering and Daventry and have competed successfully at national level in both Kumite and Kata competitions.  Mr Parkash and Mrs Kennedy opened the TISKA Wednesbury club in April 2018, at Wednesbury Leisure Centre, and are excited to have recently opened TISKA Bilston, at Bert Williams Leisure Centre, and TISKA Wednesfield at St Patrick's Church in Wednesfield. 

Email: Wednesburykarate@hotmail.com or call

Om Parkash: 07508 053918

Jill Kennedy: 07415 458124


CLASSES are held every Saturday;

Our classes are normally held at Wednesbury Leisure Centre - High Bullen, Wednesbury WS10 7HP, at Bert Williams Leisure Centre - Nettlefords Way, Bilston WV14 0EF, and at St Patrick's Church - 299 Wolverhampton Road, Wednesfield WV10 0QQ. 

The Saturday class timings are;

 9:30 to 10:15 - Intermediate Shodan (Seniors and Juniors)

 9:30 to 10:15 - Brown, Brown with White/Red Stripe (Seniors and Juniors)

 10:30 to 11:15 - Purple, Purple with White Stripe (Seniors and Juniors)

 12:00 to 12:45 - Green, Green with Purple Tag (Seniors & Juniors)

 10:45 to 11:30 - Yellow, Yellow with Green Tag (Seniors & Juniors)

 11:30 to 12:15 - Orange, Red Belts (Seniors & Juniors)

 12:30 to 13:15 - Beginners, Blue Belts (Seniors and Juniors)


Class timings are likely to change once once Government allow physical training from 17th May21. 





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Unique/Benefits of Karate

While you learn the 3 main disciplines of Karate: Kihon, Kata, and Kumite you will also gain by:

  • Acquiring Self-Defence Skills
  • Develop fitness & flexibility
  • Become more confident & maintaining self esteem
  • Having fun & making new friends

Why Shotokan Karate for Children?

Self Confidence - Karate is one of the best builders of self-confidence.  Traditional Shotokan Karate training helps prepare a child for life, helping with issues such as bullying, the pressures of exams and the building of self-esteem. Children like to perform, especially for the people they love and respect.  With a little encouragement and support from the instructor, they will rise to the occasion and surprise themselves with their own achievements.

Etiquette - Children are taught from the outset that Shotokan Karate is primarily a defensive and not an offensive martial art. Children learn how to be polite and respect their fellow students, instructor and parents.

Discipline - A child’s concentration is enhanced if they learn to focus their mind on the job in hand, whether by learning a sequence of complicated techniques in Karate or by passing an exam in school. Many parents notice a marked improvement of concentration once Karate training has commenced.

Why Shotokan Karate for Adults?

Self Defence - Street violence, especially muggings, take place in every town in the country, and Shotokan Karate is an effective form of unarmed combat.

Health and Flexibility - Shotokan Karate will help to improve your overall fitness and general wellbeing.  With regular training, flexibility and strength will improve.

Training in class

Our classes are based around the 3 main disciplines of Karate: Kihon, Kumite and Kata.

Kihon is training in "basics" or "fundamentals". These are the basic techniques that are taught and practiced as the foundation of Shotokan karate.

Kata are detailed patterns of movements practiced either solo or as a group. Shotokan karate kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form.

Kumite is the part of Shotokan karate in which a person trains against an adversary, using the techniques learned from the Kihon and Kata.

Basic Dojo Etiquette 

  • Bow to Sensei (Teacher) as soon as you see him/her.
  • Be ready to start your lesson (Remove Socks, Shoes, Jackets - outside the Dojo).
  • 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 or food 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.


The Dojo Karateka Oath "Dojo Kun"

  1. "Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei Ni Tsutomuru Koto!" (One! To Strive For The Perfection of Character!)
  2. "Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto!" (One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth!)
  3. "Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto!" (One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effort!)
  4. "Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto!" (One! To Honour The Principles of Etiquette!)
  5. "Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto!" (One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage!)






Structured syllabus

We have a structured syllabus in place with grading every 3 months for those who are ready.


Brief history of Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate was founded by Gichin Funakoshi (a man who is commonly referred to as “the father of modern-day Karate”).

Funakoshi was born in Okinawa in 1868 and, at the age of 11, began to study karate under two of Okinawa's top masters. In addition to becoming a karate master himself, Funakoshi was an avid poet and philosopher who would reportedly go for long walks in the forest where he would meditate and write his poetry. Shotokan is named after Funakoshi’s pen name, Shoto, which means “waving pines”. Kan means training hall, or house, thus Shotokan referred to the “house of Shoto”. This name was coined by Funakoshi’s students when they posted a sign above the entrance of the hall at which Funakoshi taught, reading “Shoto Kan”.

Funakoshi first went to mainland Japan to teach in 1917 and, by 1949, the Japan Karate Association had been established by Funakoshi's followers, with Funakoshi as the supreme master. Funakoshi died in 1957 at the age of 88 but his legacy remains.  Shotokan Karate, characterised by deep, strong stances and dynamic techniques, is one of the most widely practised forms of karate in the world today.