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BKF Four Nations Championships - 2024

27th and 28th of April 2024

East Durham College

Peterlee Campus, Willerby Grove, Peterlee, Co Durham, SR8 2RN


All information for registration can be found on sportdata.  The BKF look forward to seeing everyone at the championships.

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The BKF have purchased a supply of WKF approved helmets and chest protectors which are available for competitors to use in the under 14 categories if, they do not already have their own helmets.


Anyone wishing to purchase WKF approved Helmets or chest protectors, the BKF are happy to take orders from all members. Please contact the tournament organiser regarding orders and payment. This will be on a first come first served basis.



World Technical Commission Secretary, Mike Billman, steps down

It has been announced that the Secretary of the World Karate Federation Technical Commission, Mike Billman, 9th Dan, has given notice that he is having to resign his position for personal reasons. 


Mike has been on the WKF Technical Commission for many years now and was also the chairman of the European Technical Commission at the same time. Mike retired from the Euro TC in May, again for personal reasons, and now feels that he has to follow suit with his current position.





Historic Moment as GB Karate makes it debut in the Virtus Global Games

For the first time Karate makes its international debut at the Virtus Global Games with Joseph Clifton (ENG) representing British Karate Federation heading to Vichy as part of the GB Team.

Supporting Joseph is Matt Handley, Karate Team Manager/ Coach with escort Andy Clifton.

One of 14 sports at the Global Games, Karate Kata makes its Virtus debut, made possible by an international agreement with the World Karate Federation...






Scotland's WKF Karate Girl

7 times British Karate Federation Champion Amy Connell to lead WKF Guardian Girls WKF Project in Scotland





European Technical Commission Chairman, Mike Billman, steps down

During the Congress meeting at the 2023 European Championships in Guadalajara, President Espinos gave a speech to the audience which ended with him announcing that the Chairman of the European Technical Commission, Mike Billman, had recently given notice that he was having to resign his position for personal reasons.

The President gave praise to Mike for the work he had done in the commission for the benefit of European karate.





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BKF Four Nations Championships - 2023

8th and 9th of April 2023

Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

O’Donnell Way, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 2TZ

For further details please contact:

BKF Tournament Organiser, Raj Bhardwaj  Tel: +44 (0) 7769 697858   Email:

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BKF Grand Slam - 2023

Sunday 22nd January 2023

Penrith Leisure Centre

Southend Rd, Penrith. CA11 8JHD

For further details please contact: BKF Tournament Organiser, Raj Bhardwaj 

Tel: +44 (0) 7769 697858     Email:

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RIP - HM Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that the British Karate Federation has learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


The board of the British Karate Federation and the President send their sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.








RIP - Mervyn Etienne

The world of karate recently lost one of its great fighters, Mervyn Etienne.

Mervyn was an individual European kumite champion and team kumite World champion in the 1980s and 90s. One of the greatest fighters of his time and an inspiration to many karate ka. The BKF sends its condolences to his family and friends.