The BKF have designed and are now about to instigate an athlete high performance athway. The purpose of this pathway is to assist talented British karate-ka to learn and develop into international competitors, capable of achieving podium places in international competitions and ultimately the Olympic Games.
A new partnership/working agreement has been agreed between the British Karate Federation and GB Taekwondo, which is supported by UK Sport.
Congratulations to all the home nations that took part in the Junior World Championships in Tenerife.
Mike Dinsdale 9th Dan
Congratulations to Mike Dinsdale who was awarded his 9th Dan by the BKF President Roger Williams at the BKF International Championships in Scotland. Mike Dinsdale is not only the WKF representative on the board of the English Karate Federation but, is also a director of the BKF and on the European Karate Federation and World Karate Federation Committees. Congratulations from the BKF.
Jordan Thomas' Guide to Karate | Gillette World Sport
World Sport sits down with Karate World Champion Jordan Thomas, for his pro guide to the Japanese discipline. Jordan has Karate running through his blood, and followed in the footsteps of his father by becoming World Champion in 2016.
A fantastic event as always, all 4 home nations were represented with England topping the medal table with 44 Gold’s.
The best 8 fighters in the world qualify for this event and we haven't had anybody from GB in 12 years.
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.
British Karate Federation's European Medal Success In Sofia Bulgaria
Important Update to the BKF 2017 Open International
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.
Karate in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires
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.
Best regards, Antonio
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.
Please see below a message received from the WKF regarding the Olympic Games.
"I have the pleasure to send you the Press Release published by the IOC announcing the support of the Executive Board to the proposal to include Karate in the programme of the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. This announcement represents great news for our Federation and for our sport."
For more click here.
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.
Dave Smith MBE latest
The members of the BKF would like to send Dave Smith MBE their best wishes for a speedy recovery after his latest operation to contain the tumour in his neck.
2016 British 4 Nations moves to the Sheffield Ponds Forge
On Thursday 17th December we were informed that Glasgow Council have earmarked the Emirates Arena for the In/Out European Referendum in 2016, with May an outside possibility, and September the more probable month.
The Emirates will not host any sporting events in the lead up to, or immediate post, proceedings, which leaves both the British 4 Nations and British International Open extremely vulnerable as these are our host months.
With 2016 fast approaching and no firm dates on the referendum, the BKF feel the safest option is to transfer the 2016 British 4 Nations to the Sheffield Ponds Forge and create a 5 mat 2 day event, May 28/29th. A bulletin is under construction and will follow shortly.
We sincerely apologise for any disruption this may cause, but trust you understand such matters are out of our control and we hope to see you in Sheffield next May.
Event Team secretary
Updated: Available now on YouTube
The screening of the 2015 British International Open Karate Championships is now available on YouTube.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee (TOCOG) has proposed to the IOC Karate as an additional sport for these Olympic Games. The proposal includes the individual KATA categories (male and female) and the individual KUMITE categories (3 male categories and 3 female categories). http://wkf.net/news-center-new/karate-proposed-by-tokyo-2020/207/
The International Olympic Committee will make a final decision next August.
The images from the British International Open 2014 are now uploaded and ready to view.
The British International Open 2015 took place in Glasgow at the superb Emirates arena, host venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
If your not busy on Tuesday the 4th of August at 9pm there is a small story about living life with my tumour and chasing a sporting dream on BB2 Scotland. It is an intimate insight to the emotions of been diagnosed, through surgery and rehab. I am a little nervous but hope you enjoy it, my intentions behind this documentary is that hopefully people can get strength from what I have been through. When I was diagnosed you feel alone and search for stories of similar nature.
David Inman, owner of Oldfield Osteopathic Clinic in Bath, has beaten colon cancer to take on the Race Across America challenge as part of Team Felix RAAM, which saw individuals and teams cycle from the west coast to the east coast in a limited amount of time.
23 November 2017
BKF Athlete Pathways
08 November 2017
Taekwondo partnership - official bulletin
06 November 2017
Medal Success at the Junior World Championships Tenerife 2017
06 November 2017