About Us

ESKA (English Shotokan Karate Association) trains in the Traditional Shotokan Karate style brought to Great Britain by Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa in the early 1960s. The origins of ESKA can be traced back through Sensei Nursey into the long history of Shotokan Karate.

ESKA adheres to the same high standards and principles as set by the founder of Shotokan Karate – Sensei Gichin Funakoshi, thought of by many as the Father of modern day Karate. These guiding principles are Effort, Sincerity, Character, Courage and Truth.

ESKA is affiliated to MASA (the Martial Arts Standards Agency), the Martial Arts Industry Lead Body. The ESKA association has grown steadily since its creation in 1979 into many clubs training in different towns around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Essex.

Sensei Nursey (9th Dan) now runs the largest of these clubs in Stevenage with ESKA’s other clubs run by Senior Dan Grades (up to 6th Dan) who, in the most part, have trained all their Karate lives under Sensei Nursey.