Mick Billman, President
Mick Billman started training in karate in 1969 and is now an 8th Dan in Shotokan karate. Mick is a senior member of TISKA, who are founder members of the EKF, and who register more than 4,500 members each year.
Mick currently holds important positions in English, British, European and World karate.
- He is currently President of the English Karate Federation,
- He is also 1st Vice President of the British Karate Federation
- He is Chairman of the European Karate Federation Technical Commission
- He is a full member of the European Sports Commission
- He is a full member of the World Technical Commission, and has deputised as Chairman on two occasions.
- He has also served on the World Sports Commission at the request of Tsuguo Sakumoto, WKF Technical Commission Chairman, and WKF Chief Referee Roland Lowinger.
Mick is also closely connected with the section for Athletes with Disabilities, now officially referred to as Para Karate. At the Paris World Championships in 2012, there was a disability demonstration, culminating on the finals day, in a performance of the kata Unsu, performed by Ray Morcomb, a competitor from Australia, who is registered blind, and who received a five minute standing ovation from the 17,000 crowd at the Bercy Stadium at the end of the kata.
Mick is also a member of the WKF Disciplinary and Legal Commission, making him only the second person ever from the UK to sit on this commission, the first being Mike Dinsdale.
As the EKF President, Mick Billman provides a direct link to the various British, European, and World Karate Federations.