TSKUK Open International Course 12th & 13th February 2022

The course is open to all Junior and Adult TSKUK members.
1 Day – £30.00
2 Days – £45.00

And also to Non Members
1 Day – £40.00
2 Days – £60.00

Pre-booking and registration will be required to attend.

Saturday 12th February 2022
Waterside Farm Leisure Centre, Somnes Avenue, Canvey Island SS8 9RA
Registration  – 10.30am – 11.00am
Training course – 11.00am – 1.45pm
TSKUK Dan Certificate Presentation
1.45pm – 2.00pm

Sunday 13th February 2022
Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich. NR4 7TJ
Registration  – 10.30am – 11.00am
Training – 11.00am – 1.45pm
TSKUK Dan Certificate Presentation
1.45pm – 2.00pm

One official TSKUK Course stamp will be issued for each day. Please review your training history on your online portal, for how many TSKUK Course stamps you require to be eligible to grade for certain grades.

TSKUK Dan Gradings 13th February 2022

1st & 2nd Dan
Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich. NR4 7TJ
Grading  – 2.30pm. – 5.30pm
Spectators Welcome

3rd Dan & Above
The Dojo Norwich, 3 Burton Road, Norwich. NR6 6AX
Grading  – 6.00pm. – 8.00pm
Closed Grading – No Spectators

Book Your Tickets HERE
Please Note
If you are grading/regrading you must attend the Norwich course. Graders should purchase both their grading ticket and their course tickets.
Sensei George Best 8th Dan

George first started training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 11 under the instruction of his father Sensei John Best, George’s Chief Instructor and mentor. He soon showed his potential in Karate as he progressed through his Kyu grades reaching his black belt 1st Dan at the age of 13. During this time he trained hard under the guidance of his father Sensei John Best winning many competitions which led to him being selected for the Karate Union of Great Britain England squad (KUGB). He reflects about these very hard training sessions.

These sessions were a test of physical and mental endurance, Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda 9th Dan and Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan would put us through our paces. It was essential to train with the correct martial attitude spirit and technique nothing but your best would do.

His first international event was in Ireland where he competed in a team friendly winning all of his fights. This led to a squad selection in which he was picked to compete in the European Championships held in Turkey 1984. George went to these Championships with the will to win. This was not over looked by squad coach Sensei Andy Sherry as George was asked to line up and fight in the senior team kumite squad the very next day.

It was an honour to be in the starting line up for the England senior team at the age of 16.

This was the start of things to come he trained harder in order to develop his Kata and Kumite. This earned him the prestigious title of under 21 British Shotokan Cup Individual Kata & Kumite Grand Champion 1985. George went on to dominate the category winning the Kumite event another two consecutive years 1987/1988.

George is renowned for his fast kicking techniques. Anyone who has seen him in competition or trained with him on courses can appreciate the speed and power in which he can deliver a multitude of techniques. His distancing timing and body movement are phenomenal making him one of the best Karate exponents England has produced.

With this unstoppable attitude George competed in the European Championships held in Sunderland England, taking the European Kumite title in 1986 and again in 1987 for the second consecutive time. Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda presented George with the most outstanding competitor award.

George has also competed in open style tournaments winning the Senior Individual English Karate Governing Board British All Styles Kumite Championships, (EKGB) no more than three times beating all comers from a multitude of styles. This led to the build up of the World Shotokan Cup held in Brisbane, Australia 1988 where George competed against the World’s best.

George fought Japans Masao Kagawa twice in these championships. The former Japan Karate Association Grand Champion was beaten convincingly by George both times. The first confrontation was in the individual Kumite and the second time in the team Kumite event.

George was to take the bronze medal at these championships and the British team came second to Japan. England were to regain the title from Japan again in the 1990 World Shotokan Cup.

With George’s dedication commitment and hard training, England have won the European Team Kumite Championships no more than five times and the World Championships twice making England one of the most successful Karate nations in the World.

George has a new organisation called Hasha International Karate, Hasha Karate England has made its mark competing on the world circuit along with senior Hasha Instructors.

Sensei Alan Parrish 7th Dan

Sensei Alan Parrish started training Shotokan Karate in 1974 in Hadleigh, Essex and has been teaching professionally since 1994. Sensei Alan is a former multiple Regional and National KUGB Champion and was a member of the ITKF National Squad for over 10 years. Sensei Alan is the Chief Instructor of Westwood Karate Academy and is the Co-Founder of TSKUK. Sensei Alan was awarded his 7th Dan (Nanadan) in Japan 2019 from Isaka Sensei
Sensei Jason Hitchings 6th Dan
Sensei Jason Hitchings started training Shotokan Karate in 1981 Norwich, Norfolk and is the Chief Instructor of Eastern Shotokan Karate Association which he founded in 1995. He has won numerous national and international titles all over the world including winning gold at the Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo in April 2018. One of Jason’s proudest karate moments was passing his 6th Dan (Rokudan) grading in March 2017 at the WTKO Honbu Dojo, New York.