Structure of the TSKA admin
Structure of the TSKA
Can anyone train with the TSKA
Karate can be practiced by men, women and children. Our students range from the very young – 3 is the youngest age because of insurance restrictions – to senior citizens. Anyone who is in reasonable health can train at Karate. Karate students will improve their health, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers continually report on the improvement in the behaviour of children who train regularly at TSKA clubs and this recommendation is passed on to other parents where their child(ren) would benefit from training in a martial art. This is because of the disciplined training structure and the emphasis placed on the Do, the behaviour.
What is involved in training
There are two aspects to the practice of Karate, Karate Jitsu and Karate Do.
Jitsu is the physical aspect, the practice of the blocks, punches and kicks etc.
Do is the cultural aspect and concerns the development of character in areas such as self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence and respect for oneself and others.
The Jitsu, physical training, is structured into three main sections – Kihon (fundamental techniques), Kata (formal exercises) and Kumite (sparring). Each section has a range of complexity to suit the different levels or grades of students. Kumite will be introduced as basic blocking and counter-attacking, but will progress to free-sparring which develops the timing, reflexes and co-ordination necessary for self defence and competition.
The TSKA also puts great emphasis on the Do aspect, and always aims to produce students who have high standards in both these areas.
Students are entitled to take grading examinations after set periods of training. Kyu gradings are conducted at club level by the instructors, although other TSKA instructors may be invited. Dan gradings are conducted by the Chief Instructor and TSKA Senior Instructors as this helps maintain a uniform National standard and allows club instructors to interact with the most Senior TSKA Karateka. There is a standard grading syllabus for all levels.
There are nine grades below Black Belt, known as Kyu grades with 9th Kyu, orange belt, being the lowest and 1st Kyu, brown with white, the highest, and with various coloured belts used to denote the grades between.
In recent years, for children the TSKA introduced the mon grade, or intermediate grade, which for younger children helps moving between the grades much more achievable without long periods of time in between grades which may then initiate a loss of interest – therefore these grades act as both an encouragement and a reinforcement of their learning path.
The benefits of Karate training with the TSKA
There are numerous benefits in practising akrate including awareness, fitness, confidence building, effect self defence and abvove all enjoyment and satisfaction. Training in karate is also recognised in combating child obesity and the format of the childrens classes are predominantylya imed at being educational. The physical training required to reach a high level of skill in Karate promotes overall good health, fitness and well-being, The concentration, commitment and dedication required, help build a strong, confident and determined character. There is a “Dojo Kun”, or training code, which not only ensures a disciplined training environment, but serves as a means for improving behaviour. A true Karateka will make every effort to avoid violent conflict and/or confrontation.
TSKA Sensei (instructors)
TSKA clubs are under the instruction of qualified Black Belts who are provided with the opportunity to attend training courses dealing with all aspects of karate. Instructors and all their assistants are DBS checked.
The costs of training with the TSKA
Karate is a reasonably inexpensive pursuit. The club fees are low compared to many other sports and hobbies. The main equipment needed is a Karate suit (a gi) and belt (obi). Members also need to purchase an annual TSKA licence.
Achieving a TSKA Black Belt
There are 10 levels of Black belt or Dan grades, starting at 1st Dan. Students can achieve 1st Dan standard in 3 to 4 years, with regular training and instruction. It then takes a minimum of 2 more years to achieve 2nd Dan, 3 years to 3rd Dan etc – which means that once you reach a senior level, for example 7th Dan and above – they will have over 40 years Karate experience.
How can an Individual join the TSKA?
Individuals may become members of the TSKA by joining a TSKA club and purchasing a TSKA licence. For full details go to link to page
How can a club join the TSKA?
Clubs may apply for affiliation to the TSKA by contacting the TSKA directly. For full details go to TSKA Affiliation – link to page