Please find below dates for the online courses for the next 3 months involving the Referees department.

This will keep interest and standards up, and hopefully when we get back to full training and competitions, we are ready to hit the ground running - hope you can join us.

Dale Gamble
EKF Chief Referee

Kumite and Kata Courses
Referee and Judges who participate in the Kumite and kata courses, will get a 1 years extension to your qualifications

Coaches Accreditation Courses
Existing Qualified coaches will get a 1year extension on their expiry dates and new coaches a 1-year provisional pass depended on a satisfactory DBS

Grass root beginners Course
Referees / Judges / table official Course [beginners provisional pass]

Internationals Judges / Referees only Course
Talk/ exam questions and motivation etc

EKF National Referee Course for Kumite and Kata/ Coach Tatami Accreditation Course

Saturday 4th December

Honeywell Campus Honeywell Lane Barnsley S75 1BP

  • Registration  9.30am
  • Theory kumite for officials and coaches 10am to 12.30 pm
  • Theory Exams for officials and coaches 12.30 pm to 1.30pm  [results for coaches at 2pm]

Referees and Judges not taking exams , outline plans for the referees dept. for 2022

  • Break 1.30 to 2 pm
  • Kata Theory for officials 2 pm to 4pm

 Coaches please note that in order to coach at EKF and BKF competitions you will need a EKF tatami accreditation

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All coaches and referees must be in official uniform [ tracksuit for coaches, blazers for referees]

In order to pass the accreditation exam all coaches will need a enhanced DBS and be on the updating service and must be produced to the EKF repersentive on the course day or with-in 1 month after the exams 

If this not complied with-in the time frames, then no Tatami Accreditation badge will not be issued and the exam process will have to be repeated with full fees to be paid

You must be 18yrs and above , and at least a Dan grade to be a coach 

 Theory Pass rate for the coaches in the exam...70% and above 3 years, 60% and above 2 years, 50% and above 1 year

 Pass rate for Judges is 80% and 90% for Referee, no Referee or Judge will be passed at a course, but will be assessments will take place and later at EKF  championships

16yrs and above for a judge qualification 


[plus 2 passport photos for coaches]

 Referees Course fee is £30.00 £25.00 

 Referees Kumite renewal exam £20.00 Free 

 Referees Kata renewal exam £20.00 Free 

 European and World Referees course fees are free

 Tatami Coach accreditation Fee per exam £50.00 £25.00

 Complete the FormSmart to participate: tps://

All Fees must be paid online on the EKF web site prior to the course, no money will be taken on the day, cut off date is the Wednesday night before the course on the Sunday

2022 Calendar

Regional Courses  [ Saturdays]  10am to 4pm

2nd April            Midlands       Bert Williams Leisure Centre Bilston Birmingham WV14 0QE

2nd July            South West    Turnberries  Bath Road Thornbury Bristol BS35 2BB

5th November   South East     Holiday Inn Brentwood M25 / jct 28

3rd December   North             Honeywell Leisure Centre Honeywell lane Barnsley S75 1BP

National Referees Courses  and  Coaches Accreditation  [ Sundays] 10 to 4pm

27th March                              Honeywell Leisure Centre Honeywell lane Barnsley S75 1BP

2nd August                              Southern Location to be announced

All new Candidates must do the regional courses first , "get qualifications", then they can attend a National courses.

National Referees courses can only be attended by National Qualified Referees and Judges. There is a requirement to attend 2 courses per year. It is a requirement one course must be a National course. You can attend any regional course as your second course, or do the second National Referees course. 

All Judge and Referees qualifications are only given out at EKF Championships

Course Fees and more details will be sent out 1 month prior to the course date