Brunton Cup competitors show their skills


Karate Clubs from around the province joined together to give their young members the chance to get some unique competition experience. Overseen by Sensei Brunton, chief instructor of NIKW and president of the NI Karate Board, the dedicated tournament for young Karate-ka, aims to enhance their experience, grow their confidence and demonstrate their training is paying off.

The inaugural tournament was held at Girdwood Community hub in North Belfast on 5th November 2016.

Categories in both Kata and Kumite were on show allowing young people from ages from 6yr to 13yrs to compete and show off their skills in front of their friends and family.



The Brunton cup was taken by the club who achieved the most points by their members.


Club Points
NIKW Antrim 18
KUNI Banbridge 10
NIKW Belfast 10
NIKW Loughmoss 9
Strabane Shotokan 9
NIKW Lisburn 8
KUNI Newcastle 8
Paul Madden KC 6
NIKW Girdwood 4
Higashi 4


You can see all the individual results here

You can see some photos on the day here at our facebook page with a short video highlighting the day.

Sensei Brunton commented, “We are delighted to stage this competition, we recognise in the NI Karate Board that we need to provide a clear pathway for young people to develop early enough to have the chance to make an impact on the international stage when they reach maturity.

We have a responsibility to ensure we prepare young Karate-Ka so they can grow into experienced and skillful yet modest athletes. This competition lays the foundation for this. We hope the karate community embrace these aims and show their support into the future”.

We hope the clubs who participated, return with other clubs joining in also, giving their students the vital competition experience that is necessary to develop their Karate.

Our thanks to the NIKW team who helped with managing the event, the referee’s & judges and all those who came along to participate and show their support on the day.