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
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.
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.
British Karate Federation HQ Hotel
The BKF Open will take place at the Sheffield Ponds Forge on the 24/25 September 2016. Bulletin 2 will follow post the Rio announcement on August 3rd. Hopefully this will be an Olympic celebration event.
The BKF will use the Holiday Inn Sheffield as the HQ Hotel. If you are booking rooms/meals please quote the British Karate Federation to get the best deal.
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Sheffield
Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE, United Kingdom
SATNAV Users - Enter S1 2AU or Victoria Station Road
T: 0114 276 8822
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.
On 12th June, 2015 the International Paralympic Committee Governing Board (IPC) accepted the WKF as the 30th sport discipline within the Paralympic Family.
As you are no doubt aware, no British athlete qualified for the inaugural European Games in Baku 2015. However Britain still had a very important role to play during the Games.
The images from British 4 Nations 2015 are now uploaded and ready to view.
A few weeks ago Dave Inman, our Sports Injury Specialist, was training for a 3,000 mile bike ride across America to raise money for BLESMA (formerly British Limbless Ex Servicemens' Association.) During training he became unwell and the result was that he was sent to see a specialist and was told that he needed a major operation immediately.
This is the most important vote ever please sign and share this petition for Karate in the olympics.
Welsh teenager Darlene Foster has been described as an inspiration after overcoming several illnesses to win awards in Karate.
If you are looking for a stocking filler for Xmas then there’s no need to look any further. David Croft’s book “Food for Thought” is now available from Amazon at a price of £3.99.
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