909 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023
(469) 222-3754

Who We Are

About Texas Association of Shotokan Karate in Plano, TX

Lee McCurrach

Chief Instructor 5th Dan, Shotokan Karate

Texas Association of Shotokan Karate (T.A.S.K.) is your premiere traditional Shotokan Karate School! Our focus is on Family Karate, keeping our community safe, and giving you one of the best training experiences in martial arts & fitness possible. Imagine yourself, stepping into a modern Japanese style school complete with wooden matted floors and traditional historic decor...just like in the movies. How cool is that?!

Kids & Adults welcome! We're all about family - fitness in the home is so important to us and we see how greatly it impacts families every day, in really good ways! Some of our adult members are parents of our younger students, teens love to blow off steam with us and gain a positive body image, and kids have an absolute blast in our fitness featured high energy classes.

What if you're a total beginner or nervous to start something really cool but new? That's ok!

Our students come from all walks of life and start at different fitness levels. We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you'll get a great workout, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe.

Controlled, fast-paced, and fun movements are led by expert instructors. They meet you where your starting level is. Many of our students have no prior experience...and they just can't get enough of our classes! Below are some of the things to expect in our classes, this way you're not as nervous on your first day! Some benefits and techniques in our classes both our kids and adult members experience are:

Kids focus on life skills such as Focus, Discipline, Confidence and Respect. They learn how to be bully-proof, how to spot sticky situations so they can walk away before things get bad, and lastly...how to defend themselves if they need to. Striking, effective kicks, self-respect, and a healthy respect for authority are standard lessons.

Teens and Adults learn the traditional values of Shotokan and Fitness. Insane strikes, epic kicks, high flying knees, joint locks and sick cardio endurance will get you lean & toned in no time! Our teens and adults embrace their inner hero as they learn powerful striking, practical defense maneuvers, and develop true grit to get through the toughest of life's many challenges.

All classes teach techniques & life lessons to ensure success. You'll get strong & build healthy habits too! As you and your family blast through intense cardio sessions, and learn super effective self-defense techniques, you'll make new friends and become part of a long line of stellar martial artists!

In addition to all of those amazing benefits above, our students ALSO experience:

  • Boosted Self-Esteem

  • Better Teamwork & Goal Setting Skills

  • Outrageous Core Strength & Hip Mobility

  • Mind Blowing Gains in Fitness & Boundless Energy

  • Fit Friends For Life

Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art.

Safe & Clean, just for you! We take great pride in making sure you have the most up-to-date professional grade equipment, well lit parking for your safety, and a dirt & grime free environment to squash sickness and colds before they spread.

Check out our super-low web special going on right now. Our classes fill up fast because it's such a great deal, reserve your spot today!

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! We can't wait to train with you and start you off on your Shotokan journey. Please read our leadership bios below to get a feel for the expert instruction and amazing, motivational stories behind our lessons. See you soon!

Renshi Lee McCurrach, 5th Dan Shotokan Karate:

Renshi McCurrach started his journey in Shotokan Karate at age 8 years old, he first stepped foot into the dojo under the instruction of Ken Davies 7th Dan SKIF in Milton Keynes, England.

In 1988, he received his 9th Kyu from Hanshi Shiro Asano 9th Dan SKIF.

He continued to train under Sensei Davies and Hanshi Asano well into the 1990s when in August 1993 he received his first Dan from Hanshi Asano.

After the closing of the Milton Keynes Dojo in the mid 90's Sensei McCurrach trained and graded with the British All Styles Karate Association until 1997 when he joined the British Army.

His Army career was from 1997 until 2004 even whilst serving in the Royal Military Police, Corporal McCurrach was a member of the British Army Martial Arts Association continuing his training in Shotokan Karate.

Upon leaving the Army Renshi McCurrach moved to Southampton, England and took a 2 year absence in His Karate and Martial Arts training. In 2006 he moved over 4000 miles from England to Plano Texas in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex.

In 2009 after a long search for Shotokan Karate in DFW Lee decided to try his hand at new arts, training and earning many grades in Kenpo Karate, Hapkido, Kobudo and Jiu Jitsu from various schools in the Plano Area. Renshi McCurrach has over 25 years of experience and recently received his 5th Dan in Shotokan Karate from the DSKI.

Sensei Matthew Schampers, 1st Dan Shotokan Karate:

Matthew began his martial arts career at the age of 6 years old in Fort Worth, Texas. Being small for his age, his father, a New Mexico recognized wrestler, enrolled him in Judo. He earned the rank of 5 kyu before transitioning to Tae Kwon Do, studying under Master Hwangpo.

In 1987, Matthew's family moved to Waco, Texas. Being the era of the Karate Kid (the good one), he wanted to pick up martial arts again learning Karate. His parents enrolled him in a Wado Karate school in 1988 where over the next several years he earned the rank of 1st Kyu.

During the 1990s, Matthew studied several martial arts styles including: Tae Kwon Do, Muay Tai and Goshin Ju Jutsu. In 1998, he began studying Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu under Brent DeMoville. He continued training Bujinkan until the July 2000 when he transferred to the University of North Texas to finish his Bachelor's Degree.

After completing his degree, Matthew joined the workforce. He gained employment with the Federal Government, and settled into his new career. It wasn't long before he realized what he was missing.

Matthew spent several years training in a mixed martial arts style, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido before seeking out traditional Karate again.In 2011, under the instruction of his friend Sensei Lee McCurrach, Matthew began to study the traditional art of Shotokan Karate. Together, they cofounded The Texas Association of Shotokan Karate. Matthew currently holds the rank of 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate.

How to Get Started

Come join our Plano, TX Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Adult Martial Arts, and Kids Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (469) 222-3754 if you have any further questions. Texas Association of Shotokan Karate hopes to speak with you soon!