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News 2008

Posted 9th December 2008
EKF Coaching Accreditation Clarification

With regards to the recent coaching course held the EKF wish to announce the following:

With regards to the Coaching accreditation requirement this was misleading, the EKF intend that only association accredited coaches will be permitted to coach at forthcoming championships. Associations mush have their coaches accreditation by 31 December 2009.

In the interim we the EKF will allow association coaches to coach at National Championships. Further courses to be announced.

Ticky Donovan OBE presented with WKF AwardPosted 12th November 2008
Ticky Donovan OBE presented with WKF Award

Ticky Donovan OBE was presented with an award for his long and distinguished service to Karate on behalf of the World Karate Federation Executive Committee by the World Karate Federation President Mr Antonio Espinos.






Posted 1st November 2008
Ticky Donoavan OBE Testimonial Dinner & Dance - 28th March 2009

When Ticky Donovan OBE returns from the World Championships in Japan it will be he’s last competition as English Coach. Fighters Inc are proud to present a Testimonial Dinner & Dance for Ticky Donovan OBE.

Celebrations of an incredible career will take place at The Academy, Langston Road, Loughton, Essex www.footballacademyuk.com

This one off event consists of a buffet dinner, live music and various guest speakers from the world of karate followed by an after party and live screening of Ricky Hatton v Paulie Malignaggi from Las Vegas.

Tickets are limited and only £30 per head in advance.

Email info@fightersinc.net or joe@fightersinc.net
Phone Joe Long - 07961 867501 or Paul Alderson - 07779 472332.

Don’t miss out on the party of the year for the Godfather of British Karate…. Call or email NOW!

BKF  Meeting with Lord MoynihanPosted 28th October 2008
BKF Meeting with Lord Moynihan

The President of the British Karate Federation Terry Connell and the WKF EC member and Treasurer Mike Dinsdale met recently with the President of the British Olympic Association Lord Moynihan, in the light of the contacts that the WKF NF's Presidents are having with their NOC's and IOC members in their countries to present the WKF, the sport of Karate and our Olympic expectations before 2009 IOC Copenhagen Session.

The meeting was very cordial and positive and has been the first of future ones that will hopefully include the UK IOC members.


The Information Commissioner's OfficePosted 26th October 2008
EKF now a registered member of The Information Commissioner's Office

The EKF is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office as Data Controllers - Registration Number Z1255277.

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information.

Visit the ICO website www.ico.gov.uk

Posted 22nd October 2008
WKF Face Mask availability from November 1st 2008

The WKF has announced that the Face Mask which becomes compulsory from January 1st 2009 will be available from November 1st 2008 - Read more here »

Ticky Donovan O.B.EPosted 13th October 2008
Ticky Donovan O.B.E Announces Retirement as National Squad Coach

After more than 30 years of being involved as National Coach for English Karate, Ticky has decided to retire, making the Tokyo Senior World Championships his last as National Coach.

Ticky started karate at the age of 18 years in 1965 and began his initial training with Tatso Suzuki in the style of Wado Ryu. He also trained with some well known karate ka over the years including Mr Shoimitsu, Miss Hayashi, Mr Kanazawa and Mr Enoda. In 1973 Ticky formed his own style of karate known as Ishinryu which means ‘All of one Heart’ and is the current Head of the Ishinryu Karate Association.

Ticky has been involved in British and English Karate as a competitor and coach; he won the British Championships Titles in 1973, 74 & 75 and in 1976 Ticky was part of the team that won the World Championships. He then went on to coach the teams that won the 1982, 84, 86, 88 and 90 World Championships an unprecedented five times. Ticky has coached many successful karate ka including Juliette & Gillian Toney, Wayne Otto, Greg Francis, Rory Daniels, Alton Brown, Natalie Williams to name a few. After such a successful career Ticky was awarded the OBE in 1991 for services to karate.

It has been a long and distinguished career, but Ticky feels the time is right to hand over the reins to the next generation of karate ka and to a new coach who will carry England forward, hopefully to World and European success. Ticky will remain as a Director of the English Karate Federation and as Head of the Ishinryu Karate Association.

The board of the English Karate Federation would like to wish Ticky all the best for the future and thank him for helping the English Karate Federation to establish itself on the international stage and in the World of Karate.

See also 'Ticky Donoavan OBE Testimonial Dinner & Dance - 22nd November 2008', above.

Central Council for Physical Recreation

Posted 27th September 2008
EKF Join The Central Council for Physical Recreation

The EKF is pleased to confirm that it is now a member of the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR)

Click here to visit the CCPR website

Posted 16th September 2008
EKF Introduces Instructor Professional Indemnity Insurance

This is to provide a service to instructors who wish to obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance, which we can provide through our insurers.

Click here for details

Posted 13th September 2008
BKF Letter to the EKF re BKF Championships 2008

We are delighted to publish a letter from Terry Connell, President of the British Karate Federation celebrating the success of this year's superb 2008 BKF Championships at Ponds Fordge in Sheffield.

Click here to read (Word Doc)

Posted 13th September 2008
EKF approved to process CRB checks.

English Karate Federation Ltd is a CRB Registered Body: Registration number 26652100003

Click here to view more details

Posted 29th August 2008
EKF Registration Returns Section Added

Please read this page which details the registrations system in operation within the English Karate Federation.

Click here to view

Posted 28th August 2008
Chief Referee and Nation Karate Squad Vacancies advertised

The position of EKF Chief Referee and EKF National Karate Squad Coach are now being advertised. Closing dates for both positions is Sunday 21st September 2008.

Closing date now passed.

Posted 23rd June 2008
New EKF Members

The EKF welcomes 4 new members; Takeshi Karate Association, Gen'Dai Martial Arts, Rising Sun Karate Association, United Kingdom Seiki Juku Karate Association. This brings our rising membership count to 68 Associations.

Posted 16th June 2008
EKF Congratulates Referees

The board would like to congratulate the referees on their recent success at the European Karate Federation referees course. No doubt the Chief Referee will be adding the full results to the referee section on this site.

Posted 29th April 2008
Update on Commonwealth Karate Championships

The Board of the EKF have given consideration to the initial decision not to send a National Squad to the Karate Commonwealth Championships being held in Edinburgh, Scotland, following the Scottish Governing Body's recent
inclusion of the 'Elite' categories for National Squads. After further consideration, the Board have decided it would now be prudent to support this event in light of the championship restructuring. The decision of the Board is to send the current Senior England National Squad, who are currently representing England in the European Championships in Estonia, to the Commonwealth Championships. Only the current senior squad will be processed to enter the 'Elite' Championship events. All remaining EKF athletes may still enter the Open Championship events via their own EKF Associations.

We wish the squad all the best in their endeavours not only in the current European Championships, but also for the forth-coming Commonwealth Championships and we extend our best wishes to all Associations supporting the Commonwealth Karate Championship Open events.

Posted 23rd April 2008
Karate entry into the Olympics by the IOC being considered again.

The WKF have announced that Karate has been accepted by the IOC onto the short list of sport for consideration in the Olympic Programme.

Posted 24th March 2008
Letter from the General Secretary of the European Karate Federation re tournaments in Germany.

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please find attached a letter from the President of the German Karate Federation concerning tournaments in Germany. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that according to the WKF and EKF statutes none of your members may participate in events that are not organized by WKF/EKF members.

Best Regards,
George Yerolimpos
EKF General Secretary

Click here to read the attached letter (PDF) »

Posted 16th March 2008

The EKF board is pleased to announce that we had over 68% of the members support and vote at the AGM held at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport on Sunday 16 March 2008.

The meeting was very positive, with the outgoing board being thanked for their hard work and efforts in developing EKF to date. The President, Carl Lindley presented the Annual Report detailing the developments to date, our advances and improvements, and informing the members of addition work currently under way, and additionally ongoing work which should be complete in the near future.

The Finance Director, John Gilliland updated the members on the healthy status of the EKF, listing all income and expenditure for the members consideration.

As is usual at AGM meetings, the members were invited to nominate beforehand individuals whom they felt would assist in the future development and ongoing work of EKF. The elected Board of Directors for 2008/2009 are:

  • Carl Lindley
  • Mike Dinsdale
  • John Gilliland
  • Ticky Donovan OBE
  • John De Bono
  • Chris Thompson
  • Andrew Genery
  • Mick Billman
  • Les Cutting

All resolutions included within the agenda set for the meeting were accepted unanimously with no votes against and no abstentions.

During the meeting, members were invited to raise questions on issues to be voted upon, which were subsequently answered to their satisfaction. Whilst it is unusual to have Any Other Business, this was included to ensure the members were permitted to raise issues for consideration which would be directed to the Board of Directors, it is intended in future to hold an AGM followed by an EGM to permit open debate and allow additional issues to be considered whilst ensuring full transparency and allowing direction from the members to the board if applicable.

Posted 6th March 2008
Karate England (2005) Ltd Liquidation

We have received a number of recent requests for details regarding the officials dealing with the liquidation of KARATE ENGLAND (2005) Ltd. For any matters regarding the defunct KE (2005) Ltd please contact :

Mr. Kaelen,
Armstrong Watson
47, St Pauls St,

Posted 20th February 2008

We are very pleased to announce that the EKF has today obtained confirmation from sponsors that they will fund the team and officials for the trip to the WKF World Championships in Tokyo in November. This will motivate not only the competitors but the also give the staff the required time to train the team to their fighting best. We will also be updating details over the next 3 days for the superb package we have been able to negotiate for the families,supporters and others to travel to Japan for 2 weeks to train and/or sightseeing also including tickets for the Championships with first class accomodation.

Posted 11th February 2008
Irish Open Postponed

To all our members. We understand that the Irish International Open has been postponed.  Please contact the organisers of this event for an update.

Posted 18th January 2008
Notification of the EKF Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The EKF AGM will be held on the 16th March 2008 starting at 10.30am in the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, Coventry Road, Birmingham B26 3QW. Telephone 0870 400 9007.

All heads of Associations have been sent detailed notifications. If for any reason you have not received yours please email admin@englishkaratefederation.com

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