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British International Open 2014 bulletin

The 3rd biggest tournament in Europe on sport data is happening next month. You can find the bulletin below:

British International Open 2014 bulletin

We look forward to seeing you.

Setback for BKF Patron Dave Smith MBE

For the last two weeks I have been at the Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland as an ambassador. [More Info]

European Games 2015 in Baku

On 12th June 2015, European sports history will be made when the Opening Ceremony takes place for the inaugural European Games in Baku. [More Info]

BKF 4 Nations Championships report

The BKF 4 Nations Championships report is now available [More Info]

English Karate Federation promotional video

To see the new promotional video from the English Karate Federation, click here

BKF 4 Nations 2014 bulletin

The BKF 4 Nations 2014 bulletin has been updated. [More Info]

European Technical Commission appointments

On Friday, at the Junior and Cadet European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, Mick Billman, European Technical Commission Chairman, met and discussed the make-up of the Commission with the World and European Karate Federation President, Antonio Espinos. [More Info]

David Smith: Paralympic rowing champion eyes Rio cycling switch

"Life-threatening surgery, broken bones and a lifetime of obstacles have not stopped Paralympic champion David Smith scrapping, splashing and sliding his way to the top."

Read the full article on the BBC Sport site here.

Clive Bowen runs half marathon to support MacMillan Cancer Support

Clive Bowen, Dojo Captain at Puckeridge Karate Club, (TISKA) having recently lost a close personal friend to cancer, ran a half marathon to raise money in support of the MacMillan Cancer Support. [More Info]

British International Open tournament report

View the report here

View the gallery here

View the results here

BKF Patron David Smith MBE becomes OSCA Patron

BKF Patron David Smith MBE was approached at the Scottish Osteopathic Societies' annual conference in Glasgow on Saturday 7th September by David Inman, OSCA Developent Officer and BKF Sports Injury Specialist, and asked if he would become patron to OSCA (Osteopathic Sports Care Association). [More Info]

Shitokai Scotland invites you...

Minh Dack course - Sunday 22th September, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Paisley Road, PA4 8LJ - click here for the bulletin.

Yildiz Aras course - Sunday 6th October, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Paisley Road, PA4 8LJ - click here for the bulletin.

Johnathan Gilmour from Shitokai Scotland wins Bronze at the WKF Karate 1 Youth World Cup

Johnathan Gilmour from Shitokai Scotland wins Bronze at the WKF Karate 1 Youth World Cup held in Corfu on the 7th July. [More Info]

British International Open Karate Championships bulletin updated

The bulletin for the British Open Karate Championships at the Emirates Arena Glasgow, Scotland on 7th September 2013 has been updated. Please click here to view it.

4 Nations Tournament

The results of the 4 Nations Tournament held in Glasgow on the 2nd June 2013 are now available. Click here:

Please click here for a selection of photos from the tournament.

Elite Athletes Seminar

On Saturday the 1st June the first ever BKF Elite Athletes Seminar was presented to the Coaches and Competitors, in Glasgow for the 4 Nations Tournament. [More Info]

World Police and Fire Games

The Karate event at this year's World Police and Fire Games will take place on 3rd & 4th August 2013 at the Shankill Leisure Centre, Belfast. Click here for the bulletin.

Woodfines newsletters

The latest newsletters from our sponsors Woodfines are now available for viewing. [More Info]

Loughborough exhibition

Members of the EKF squad recently attended an exhibition event at Loughborough University for people with disabilities. The ASAAL event was held at the world famous University, where Mick Billman, BKF disability Patron David Smith MBE, and Mark Symonds, were joined by Jon Mottram, Emma Lucraft, and Katie and Steve Karwacinski. [More Info]

Woodfines Solicitors support The British Karate Federation

Following a series of meetings over the last few months, BKF 1st Vice President Mick Billman has secured the services of one of the top firms of solicitors in the country. Woodfines Solicitors have undertaken to support the BKF. [More Info]

To go straight to the Woodfines website, please click the logo.

European Cadet and Junior Championships, Konya, Turkey

Congratulations to all those who competed from the four Home Nations, especially to those who won medals. Well done! Special mention must go to Jonathan Mottram for the results his kata squad achieved in Konya. 2 x Gold, 2 x Silver, and 2 x Bronze. England finished second overall in the medal table. A fantastic achievement. To see a selection of pictures from the European Cadet and Junior Championships in Konya, Turkey click here.

Everybody was Kung fu Fighting: The Rise of Martial Arts in Britain

In 2011 the BKF were approached by BBC4 with a view to taking part in a documentary about the rise of Martial Arts in Great Britain. Mick Billman arranged an interview for the BBC team with Ticky Donovan OBE, “the font of all knowledge,” as he described him to the producer. [More Info]

New WKF Kata and Kumite rules

To view the revised WKF Kata and Kumite Rules, effective as of the 1st January 2013, click here.

David Smith awarded the MBE

The BKF would like to wish all its' members a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2013 and, in particular, to send our congratulations to the BKF Patron David Smith, Paralympic Gold Medallist, on being awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours list.

Ray Morcomb demonstration

On Friday, as a reward for his sensational win at the first demonstration competition in Paris, Ray Morcomb was asked to perform his kata Unsu, in front of a 17,000 crowd. [More Info]

A video of the demonstration can be found within the story so please click 'More Info' above.

World Championships testimonial

An attendee has kindly submitted a testimonial highlighting the amazing event in Paris. Well done to all involved. [More Info]

World Championships in Paris

The WKF World Championships in Bercy, Paris, proved to be the biggest and best WKF World championships ever. The smooth running of the event is testimony to the hard work of the organising committee. The opening ceremony was a spectacle in itself, with a Mission Impossible theme, which included six men abseiling down from the roof to light up the word KARATE. This was followed by a performance from Cirque du Soleil, the whole ceremony backed by a superb band.

On another note, congratulations must go to Mike Billman who, in the absence of the TC Chairman, due to illness, was appointed Deputy Chairman of the World Technical Commission. He was also asked to conduct the Coaches Accreditation Seminar, and to attend the Sports Commission meeting. This is another first as nobody from the UK has ever been appointed to these positions before.

To read more about the championships and to see photos, click here to go to the WKF site.

BKF now on YouTube

The BKF now has a dedicated YouTube channel for future videos. Click the link for our first video of the K Day. [More Info]

Disability training session led by Jonathan Mottram

Russell Downes and Verity Anderson, England's two representatives in the WKF World Championships for people with disabilities were recently helped in their preparation by a training session led by England Kata coach, Jonathan Mottram. [More Info]

Ryan Freckleton recruited as Elite Performance Manager

Ryan Freckleton has been recruited by the BKF as Elite Performance Manager. [More Info]

British International Open Championships 2012 disability report

The British International Open, held over the weekend of the 6/7 October 2012, witnessed a category for people with disabilities that attracted 13 entries from 5 different nations [More Info]

Paralympian joins the BKF

Sunday the 7th October, at the British International Open Championships in Glasgow, was a special day for karate with the opening ceremony focusing on “The K is on the Way” [More Info]

WKF YouTube channel

For the next World Senior Championships in Paris the WKF, through the company that is marketing the WKF TV rights for Paris, has created a specific YOUTUBE channel, which will broadcast live around the world, all the finals to be held on the 23rd, 24th, & 25th of November. [More Info]

British International Open Championships 2012

To view the report please click here.

To view the results please click here.

To view the gallery please click here.

BKF Sports Injury Specialist Dave Inman meets the Paralympians

Dave Inman and Zoe NewsonBKF Sports Injury Specialist Dave Inman, who was working with the Core Medical Team during the Olympics, takes a break from working at the Paralympics to chat to Zoe Newson, Bronze medalist in -40kg powerlifting. [More Info]

Shitokai squad training with Agheyev and LeFevere in Belgium

Shitokai squad trainingTo watch a video of Shitokai squad training with Agheyev and LeFevere in Belgium please click here.

BKF board visit Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Stoke MandevillStoke Mandeville is commonly known as the Home of the Paralympics, and it is hoped that it will be possible to arrange squad training for the athletes with disabilities to prepare for the demonstration event to be held at the World Championships in Paris in November. [More Info]

Hamish Adam awarded MBE

The British Karate Federation is proud to announce that Hamish Adam has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2012 for his extraordinary services to karate. [More Info]

Dave Inman BSc (Hons) Ost

Dave InmanBy now most of you will know Dave Inman, the BKF Osteopath. Dave, who is based in Oldfield Park, Bath, is a 7th Dan, and has been one of Mick Billmans' students for the last 38 years. [More Info]


After a 22 hour journey I arrived in my hotel in Okinawa and a few hours later was up and out for the WKF Technical Meeting to be held at the Okinawa Prefectural College of Arts (of which the WKF Technical Chairman, Mr Tsuguo Sakumoto, is Principal.) [More Info]

UNICEF update

On the 15th April Terry Connell and Mike Billman met with representatives of UNICEF at their headquarters in London. The purpose of the meeting was to jointly plan the launch of the BKF/UNICEF Partnership scheduled to take place at the BKF International Open Championships in Glasgow over the weekend of 10-11th July. To view more info click here.
To view British Karate Federation on UNICEF website click here.

Help for Heroes

Proud sponsors of Help for Heroes

Help For Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help For Heroes was born and growing fast. A flurry of visits to various offices led to the campaign being blessed by the head of the army, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt.

Help For Heroes does wonderful work for soldiers and other servicemen and women both directly and through its support of other service charities.

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