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Karate – Olympics 2020

The 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). For further information and keep up to date with progress visit; WKF Website …

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Ryan secures medals at British Open Tournament

Craig Ryan travelled to Scotland on the weekend of the 5th September to impose his skills on the tatami in the high quality British Open Karate tournament.     A packed schedule for Craig, who entered the -75kg Under21, Open weight division and in addition, for the first time, stretching his skills into the senior male -75kg weight …

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Brunton secures medal at World Wado-Kai 2015

Belfast’s fighting supremo, James Brunton, made his mark at the Wado-Kai World Cup held in the Japanese city of Nagoya at the weekend, with a runner-up championship title in the male senior event. James blazed his way to the finals taking on some of the world’s top athletes in the discipline of karate, one of …

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NIKW success at World Wado-Kai World Cup

The NIKW sent a delegation of Karate-Ka to the recent World Wado-Kai World Cup, held in Nagoya, Japan on 15th – 16th August 2015 Chief Instructor Sensei Brunton, led the team in the masters +50 yrs category. Competing at the age of 75 against others many years his younger showed leadership and dedication to life long …

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NIKW Instructor – Studies in Japan

The Brunton Karate dynasty’s position within the Japanese Wado system has been consolidated with James Brunton’s invitation to train at the dojos or training halls of some of the top karate masters in the Pacific archipelago. James, who started karate as a child, has been learning the ancient art from his father, Irish karate ace, …

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Passing of Arakawa Sensei

The NIKW are sad to hear of the passing of Toru Arakawa Sensei. Arakawa Sensei played an important role in the development of Wado-Kai Karate throughout the world, over many years and was a senior figure in Japanese Karate-Do Federation. The NIKW hosted Arakawa Sensei, inviting him to Belfast a number of times throughout the …

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Karate – Summer Training camp

The NIKW hosts its intensive summer training course from Thurs 6th – Sunday 9th August, from 10am – 4pm each day.   Instruction covers the full range of karate techniques, from Kihon waza, Oyho & Kihon Gumite through to Kata and Kumite.   The most comprehensive Karate course available in Ireland. Whilst physical training allows …

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Karate Olympic Quest

Tokyo 2020

Karate has been announced today as one of the 8 sports shortlisted by Tokyo 2020 between the 26 sports candidates. Now the second phase starts, and the shortlisted candidates will have to submit new documents to Tokyo 2020 by the 22nd  of July. After that, in early August these 8 shortlisted candidates will hold meetings …

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5km barefoot trek

Congratulations to those who take part in our annual challenge. We had a great day, with many young & older members getting together with friends and parents taking part. Many thanks to Antrim club member Angela McCracken who kindly hosted after event refreshments & BBQ                 A huge thanks …

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BKF 4 Nations – May 2015

  Belfast’s James Brunton continued his dominance over the British karate scene with an impressive display of fighting prowess on the way to the finals of the British 4 Nations tournament. During the preliminary heats of the tournament, Brunton deployed the successful range of techniques which have earned him the reputation of being a force …

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