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 4,300 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 for the last two meetings at the request of Tsuguo Sakumoto, WKF Technical Commission Chairman, and WKF Chief Referee Roland Lowinger.
- He is a Member of the WKF Disciplinary and Legal Commission.
Mick is also closely connected with the section for Athletes with Disabilities. 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.
As a reward for their efforts, at the World Championships later this year in Bremen, there will be the first ever championships for Athletes with Disabilities.
With the disappointing news that karate will not be in the 2020 Olympic Games, karate has already starting working towards the European Games (organised by the European Olympic Committee) The inaugural Games will be held in Baku in 2015. It has recently been announced that Mick has been selected to go to Baku as head of only three European Technical members to be invited.
Following the recent championships in Tampere Mick was informed that he had been selected to become 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 will provide a direct link to the various British, European, and World Karate Federations.