About Tiska Worksop & Retford


There are many varied styles of martial arts. Traditional martial arts, such as karate, have deep historical influences that were developed for self-defence or for defending others. Combative martial arts, such as kick boxing and mixed martial arts, are developed for sporting contests. Generally, these are one-on-one bouts, governed by rules and weight divisions.

Each martial art focuses on a particular type of technique or style, and this can be an important choice for those interested in self-defence. For example, jujitsu and judo emphasise the use of grapples, throws and fighting on the ground. In karate we prefer the combat to take place at a distance. Striking techniques of kicks and punches are used as a karateka learns to control the space between themselves and multiple opponents.

Our club teaches traditional karate for self-defence. We start with simple blocks and strikes against a single opponent to build confidence and ability. As students develop two or more opponents are introduced so that they can learn how to defend themselves against attacks from all directions. Martial arts techniques such as throws, grapples and weapons are also taught as students become more advanced.


The Worksop Shotokan Karate Club was formed in February 2023 by Sensei Natalie Jordan, a 2nd Dan Black Belt.  Following its success, she has since opened The Retford Shotokan Karate Club.  Natalie also assists and trains under Sensei Tyers, 5th Dan, at the 3 Counties Shotokan Karate Club in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield.

The club prides itself on offering high quality, patient and enjoyable traditional style shotokan karate training to children as young as 4, adults of any age and often whole families. Some benefits of training in karate include an improved level of fitness, an ability to defend yourself and enhanced sense of well being, hopefully you will also make new friends!

Beginners are always welcome and receive free taster sessions 

Physical, zoom and 1-2-1 classes available 

No contracts or hidden costs

Accredited grades and licences

Enhanced DBS certified

Designated Safeguarding Lead (Children) - Any concerns please contact Natalie Jordan

First Aid certified

Classes in Worksop & Retford

The Club Instructor

Sensei Jordan is a 2nd Dan (Nidan) Black Belt. Natalie Jordan was born in Chesterfield, lived in Inkersall as a child and moved to Barlborough in 1999 where she still lives. It was at her parents home in Inkersall in 2008 where a leaflet dropped through the door introducing her and her two children to Shotokan Karate.  Natalie and her children trained under Sensei Tyers until 2012 when due to her children's waning interest and Natalie's second passion of long distance running, taking more and more time, she took a break.

Having had a break of seven years the pull become too strong and Natalie began training once again under Sensei Tyers. Initially this was going to be just be a casual once a week thing but with her husband and son starting back with her she quickly began training five times a week.  Natalie still maintains this level of training today and now also travels several times a month to train in Leicester under the founder & chief instructor of TISKA; Shihan Sahota.

Sensei Jordan is instrumental in all Regional Gradings and assists at the TISKA National Championships. She has also attended master courses in the UK and Spain to further her learning and understand of the art of karate. Seeing students listening, learning and progressing drives her dedication of being able to give the gift of karate.

Contact Club Instructor
TISKA Master Course Spain 2023 Sensei with Shihan7


  • "Hitotsu! Jinkaku Kansei ni Tsutomuru Koto !" (One! To Strive For The Perfection of Character!)

  • "Hitotsu! Makoto No Michi O Mamoru Koto !" (One! To Defend The Paths Of Truth !)

  • "Hitotsu! Doryoku No Seishin O Yashinau Koto !" (One! To Foster The Spirit Of Effot !)

  • "Hitotsu! Reigi O Omonzuru Koto !" (One! To Honour The Principles of Etiquette !)

  • "Hitotsu! Kekki No Yu O Imashimuru Koto !" (One! To Guard Against Impetuous Courage !)


The Intermediate (Int) grade is for juniors under the age of 14 years, apart from the 1st Dan Intermediate grade, which is for Juniors and Seniors

Beginners White Belt
10th Kyu Blue Belt
9th Kyu Red Belt
8th Kyu Orange Belt
7th Kyu Yellow Belt
6th Kyu Int Yellow with Green Tag
6th Kyu Green Belt
5th Kyu Int Green with Purple Tag
5th Kyu Purple Belt
4th Kyu Int Purple with White Tag
4th Kyu Purple/White Belt
3rd Kyu Int Purple/White with Brown Tag
3rd Kyu Brown Belt
2nd Kyu Int Brown with White Tag
2nd Kyu Brown/White Belt
1st Kyu Int Brown/White with Red Tag
1st Kyu Brown/Red Belt
1st Dan Int Brown/Black Belt
1st Dan Black Belt

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

Funakoshi had trained in both of the popular styles of Okinawan karate of the time: Shorei-ryu and Shorin-ryu. In addition to being a karate master, 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".

In 1955, the Japan Karate Association was established with Funakoshi as Chief Instructor. A handful of students and instructors that trained under Funakoshi passed their knowledge and experiance on to the continuing stream of prospective Karate-Kas. Funakoshi, is remembered as the master of Karate, he died in 1957 at the age of 88. Shotokan Karate is characterised by deep, strong stances and dynamic techniques.


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