The West Yorkshire Shotokan Karate Association (WYSKA) was founded in 1993 by Sensei Ken Commons and his senior students: Philip Stacey - kata coach, Darren Burrows - secretary and Zenon Onyszko - treasurer.
Although WYSKA was only founded in 1993, all founding members were previously part of Bukonkai Karate International (an association of which Sensei Commons was also a co-founder) and Dewsbury and Batley karate clubs (which were founded in 1986 by Sensei Commons).
Sensei Commons has trained and been taught by many well known figures in the martial arts world, including Sensei Kanazawa and Sensei Enoeda. However the main influence in karate has been without doubt Sensei Enoeda. This style of Shotokan karate has continued in the traditional way throughout the years, and although associations have changed, both the style and tradition of Shotokan karate have remained the same. Whilst the methods of instruction remain traditional, they have been adapted to accommodate modern philosophy encompassing a safe training environment, the body in action, teaching children, those with special needs and how to administer first aid in emergencies.
Over the years various Senior Instructors of WYSKA have retired and it is with fond regard we say thank you for all the assistance and work put into making these karate classes a success:
Ken Commons, 5th Dan
Darren Burrows, 5th Dan
Alan Crowther, 3rd Dan
But as with all things we move on and continue our training in the spirit of Karate-do.
After a long relationship with a previous association, our Senior Instructors felt it was time to seek out new challenges with support and access to some of the finest martial artists in the world. In 2012 WYSKA approached the BCKA (British Combat Karate Association) with a view to join their association; it is run by some of the world’s most respected martial artists, and conveniently right on our doorstep in Ossett.
Since then, the BCKA have given us as a group, the opportunity to train with some of the most modern thinking and influential individuals in the world today, and that relationship is continuing forward into the future.