Renshi George Tan

Founder and Life President of TSKA
 Founder and Life President of TSKA


“Karate in sports is only a game of winning or losing but the true value of Karatedo is really the art of self-defense”…..George Tan

It was 1970 and I was 16 years old when I first started learning karate. What I really wanted to learn then was Judo. As it turned out, the Judo uniform was too expensive and that was how I ended up with karate. Sometimes life does not give you what you want as there are better things in store for you.

Within 4 years, with a black belt in hand, I started teaching at the Confucius School on Sunday mornings and afternoons. By 1975/76, together with Sensei Poon, we had an opportunity to start a school in St John’s Institution. Our classes were around 100 students strong and to this day, students from St John’s would still remember legacy we left behind.

Throughout my karate history, I have had the good fortune to not only teach but to advance my art. I have also been involved in the development of karate at the national level firstly through representing the country in sporting events, then later through chairing associations and bodies. I have served as President to Asia Pacific Shiroryu Karatedo Federation taking care of 27 member countries. I steer away from the politics that surround associations of such nature. To me money has never been my drive. I sincerely have the passion to teach all levels from the white belts to the black belts.

Karate has immensely shaped my life from providing me the discipline in the conduct of my life and career to a platform for me to give back to society through the transfer of knowledge to the younger generation. In 2006, I authored a book entitled Shito-Ryu Karate-Do – A traditional Art of Self Defense. It is still till today the only registered book on karate written by a Malaysian.

It is my hope that all karatekas will continue to train and master the art with a combination of the 3 most important aspects – SHIN-GI-TAI (Mind, Technique and Body) and allow karate be a positive in their lives as it has me.

Renshi George Tan teaches in Honbu Dojo every Sunday at 11 am to 1230 pm.

You can read more about Karate and Renshi George from his book Shito-Ryu Karate-Do – A traditional Art of Self Defense. The book can be purchased at the price of RM35 from the Honbu Dojo. An additional RM10 for postage and handling if you wish for the book to be delivered to an address in Malaysia. Please contact 018-292 6983.