The Traditional Association of Shotokan Karate (T.A.S.K.) was formed in 1983, with Sensei John van Weenen, then 4th Dan, as its Chief Instructor. Prior to this, he had been a senior instructor with the English Shotokan Karate Association (ESKA).

The Association Hombu (main training hall) was located at the Bunyan Centre in Bedford for the past 30 years. In 2011 it moved to the Flitwick Leisure Centre in Flitwick in Bedfordshire.

Shihan van Weenen (Shihan meaning Chief Instructor) now holds the rank of 8th Dan and teaches regularly at TASK’s Hombu. The beginners class is as popular as ever and runs from 6.00pm – 7.00pm every Monday, where anyone interested in learning Karate will be given a warm welcome by Shihan and his senior black belts.