European Championship Success

Jordan Thomas, WKF World Champion

British Karate Federation International Open 2017 Update

Karate in the Olympics

Congratulations to Mick Billman

"The BKF are proud to announce that Mike Billman has been elected to the position of Secretary of the WKF Technical Commission.

The Commission is chaired by Con Kassis (Australia) and Mike has stated that he is looking forward to working with Con.”

This is great news for the BKF as well as the EKF. Mike’s appointment is well deserved and strengthens Britains influence within the WKF at the highest level as we head toward Tokyo 2020.

Olympic Brand

With the fantastic news that Karate is to be included in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, it is inevitable and completely understandable that we want to identify with the Olympic brand.

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Karate in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires

Dear President,

It is my pleasure to announce you that the IOC Executive Board has agreed to include Karate in the Youth Olympic Games 2018, which will be held in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is a new milestone to be added to the already decisive decision of including our sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

https://www.olympic.org/news/three-new-sports-to-join-buenos-aires-2018-yog-programme

Best regards, Antonio

A letter from Terry Connell to the BKF

A letter from Terry Connell to the BKF

Following on from our meeting in Linz and in full agreement with the WKF president, Mr Espinos and Mr Mike Kassis, President of the Commonwealth Karate Federation, [CKF] I met with Mrs Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] yesterday, in what could be described as the first formal step in Karate’s application to become a full and participating member of the CGF.

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Karate in the Olympics

To all BKF members:

Karate has finally been accepted into the Olympic Games for Tokyo 2020. I am sure you will join me in thanking everybody concerned for their efforts in achieving this recognition.

Mick Billman

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BKF 4 Nations

The BKF 4 Nations Championships were held on the 28th and 29th May at Ponds Forge International Arena.  The 2016 event transferred to Sheffield after three very successful years at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.

There were 1077 entries over the two days, with the children’s event taking place on the Saturday, and the Cadet/Juniors/Seniors taking place on the Sunday. The six tatami’s were fully utilized on both days with 28 categories on the Saturday and 42 categories on the Sunday.  Both days ran exactly to time as per the event schedule thanks to the meticulous planning by the events team and the professionalism of the referees.

England topped the medal chart closely followed by Scotland.  There was also a good spread of medals across all of the competing clubs and associations.

The BKF will be back in Sheffield in September 2016 for the British International Open Championships and we look forward to another exciting event.

Medal table

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