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News 2018

Posted 18th January 2018
2017 In Review: A record-breaking year for Karate

2017 will go down in the history of the martial art as a landmark year since never before have Karate events presented such a massive attendance of competitors. The growing popularity of the sport among youngsters and the development of the sport presentation of major tournaments have also been the main features of the discipline in 2017, according to the World Karate Federation.

Read more on the WKF website

Posted 17th January 2018
EKF KYU Grade Championships January 2018

It was a packed weekend of karate at the EKFs Kyu Grade Championships in Leicester Arena. There was great support with nearly 1100 entries from 52 club/associations. There’s some great talent coming through which bodes well for competition karate.

Veras Karate Academy came top of the medal table this year closely followed by Khalsa karate and Bushido Karate Association.

Thank you to Bobby Morton and his team, Chief referee Dale Gamble and all his officials who worked very hard all weekend. Once again Susan Dixon took some fantastic photos which are on the EKF Website and Facebook, anyone wishing to use this photos for their own use please credit Susan Dixon and where possible, to make a donation to www.samuelscharitiy.co.uk

Look forward to seeing everyone at the EKF Nationals in April


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Posted 3rd January 2018
EKF President, Mike Billman, was recently honoured with the award of Kudan (9th Dan)

Mike was attending a Black Belt Xmas Dinner when he was called forward by Dave Inman, the EKF & WKF Medical Commission Member, to receive this award.

Gursharan Sahota, the Federation Head of TISKA, was unable to make the presentation as he was abroad on a family holiday, and had asked Dave Inman to stand in for him.

Mike Billman has been involved in karate since the late ‘60’s, grading under Sensei’s Kanazawa, Enoeda, Kato, and Asano, with his last certificate of 8th Dan being presented by the World Karate Federation nine years ago.

He has worked tirelessly for the English Karate Federation, is Vice President of the British Karate Federation, Chairman of the European Karate Federation Technical Commission, and is the Secretary of the World Karate Federation Technical Commission. He is also regularly chosen to attend the European and World Sports Commission meetings.

He was also a founder member of the 3 person group headed by Wolfgang Weigert (Germany) that worked for 15 years to get Para Karate accepted into the World Championships.

Who can ever forget the lights dimming during the finals in Paris 2012 and Mike Billman walking Ray Morcomb, the visually impaired Australian athlete, across the arena and onto the raised tatami for him to demonstrate Unsu in front of a crowd of 17,000 spectators. Ray received a 5 minute standing ovation, and para-karate was then accepted into the WKF programme.

Congratulations to Mike on his well-deserved award.

EKF President, Mike Billman, was recently honoured with the award of Kudan (9th Dan)

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