About Chesterfield & Staveley

Traditional Karate

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.

3 Counties Shotokan Karate Club

The 3 Counties Shotokan Karate Club was formed in 2006 by Sensei Anthony Tyers, now a 5th Dan black belt. He is assisted by several students that have trained under Sensei Tyers and have reached the level of 3rd Dan black belt.

We hold regular training sessions at Chesterfield, Staveley, Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield and Dronfield (hence the 3 counties). 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 a free one to one session before their 1st lesson

Physical, zoom and 1-2-1 classes available 

No contracts or hidden costs

Accredited grades and licences

Enhanced DBS certified

First Aid certified

Classes in 3 COUNTIES

The Club Instructor

Sensei Tyers is a 5th Dan (Godan) Black Belt. Anthony Tyers was born in 1961 in Leicester, lived in the mining town of Coalville in north west Leicestershire until the age of 19 when he moved to Loughborough where he still lives. It was in Coalville aged 18 when he first took up shotokan karate and trained for over a year until he moved to Loughborough. After several months he joined an existing Shotokan Karate club in Loughborough and trained until 1986 achieving the grade of 2nd Kyu however due to family and work commitments he could not maintain the standard of training at that time.

Having had a break of nearly thirteen years he started training in Loughborough at the local TISKA club. It was after a few months he started to travel once a month to train in Leicester under the founder & chief instructor of TISKA Shihan while also maintaining regular training at he Loughborough club.

On the 4th November 2001 he was awarded his 1st Dan (Shodan). His training increased up to 4 sessions a week, 2 at Loughborough and 2 under Shihan, including traveling to Dunstable to train at the association dojo with the senior black belt grades.

After achieving his 2nd Dan (Nidan) in 2004 he decided to concentrate his training under the chief instructor Shihan by travelling to several different clubs including Dunstable, Leicester, Kettering and Northampton.

In 2008 he was invited to attend the first TISKA master class held in Dubai by Shihan. It was during the master class that he was graded and awarded 3rd Dan.

In 2013 he attended the master class in Dubai where he graded for and achieved his 4th Dan. 

Still maintaining his training under Shihan he now teaches in the northern TISKA region.

Highlights in his karate career include seeing both his daughters achieving their black belt grades and being invited to grade for Sandan on the first Tiska master class.

Contact Club Instructor
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  • "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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