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News 2020

Posted 24th March 2020
Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

International Olympic Committee Press Release

View this press release online

EKF Board

Posted 19th March 2020
Coronavirus Statement from the Board

Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends

As we are all aware the Coronovirus is impacting across all our communities, and all our lives. The situation is unprecedented in modern time, and poses immense challenges for everyone.

The EKF have had a number of enquiries around the crisis, seeking advice on what actions Association/club should be taking. In short, we can only advise you all to follow Government guidelines (Link below), and keep up to speed with what is an ever changing situation.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

In addition, more advice is available on the NHS website....

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Government are making clear they require us all to avoid large gatherings, and are encouraging 'social distancing'. We believe it is clear that these measures will be imposed for some time and we urge all members to follow that advice

To this end, the EKF are cancelling all planned activities. including National and Regional squad sessions, until further notice. At this time we do not know when we might have some sense of 'normality' but we will keep members informed as matters unfold.

To further these aims, all events posted for May, June and July, will be removed from the EKF website calendar. We do not feel it is responsible for an NGB to be encouraging members to attend events at this time.

We also recognise that licencing is nigh on impossible, so we do not expect Associations to complete monthly returns until this crisis is over.

For those people that teach karate professionally, who may run full time dojo, we urge you to read the Chancellors message and initiative announced on 17/03/20, which contained various support available for small business. You may qualify for this help.

As it is likely most clubs will close down for the duration of this crisis, we would suggest that you try to maintain contact with your club members (observing all safe guarding protocols) by social media and other platforms. For some people, who may live alone, and might be in isolation, this contact can be invaluable. By maintaining these 'relationships' it should prove easier to pick up on things once we are able to return to normality.

In closing, the Board fully appreciate that these are dark and strange times for everyone, not only in England but around the world. There are no easy solutions, no easy answers, and no quick fixes. What we do know is that as Martial Artist we are incredibly resilient and if we remain calm and strong, we will endure.

Our thoughts are with all those currently affected and we wish them well.

Stay safe, keep those around you safe.

Steve Coupland
EKF President

Posted 16th March 2020
Coronavirus update

As I am sure you are all aware, the coronavirus issue is impacting across all our daily lives with the situation developing daily.

The EKF has been monitoring the situation, and acting in accordance with Government advice and guidelines. However, the Board feel that we need to further consider the health and wellbeing of our members, and their families.

As you know, the European Karate Championships have been cancelled, along with a host of International Karate Championships.

As such the EKF is taking the following action with immediate effect:

The Commonwealth Karate Championships scheduled for September in Birmingham, will now be postponed until 2021.  We have been in discussion with the CKF executive, and whilst we expect the worse of the crisis to be over, we are aware that nations will be reluctant to commit to any events overseas whilst there are still so many unknown factors.

The English Nationals will also be postponed. At this time it is our intention is to hold them in September but this will be very much dependent on how this crisis unfolds.

The National Squad session and referee/coaches course scheduled for April is CANCELLED.  We will continue to monitor the situation and advise on future sessions accordingly.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but I am sure you can all appreciate the gravity of the situation and the very unusual circumstances.

To individual associations and clubs, we ask you to follow Government advice/guidelines, which can change daily, taking all measures that are needed.

On behalf of the Board may I thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Kind Regards
Steve Coupland, EKF President

Posted 10th March 2020
Passing of Sensei Bob Poynton

It is with regret that the EKF informs you of the sad passing of one of England’s and Britain’s finest karateka, Sensei Bob Poynton of the KUGB. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.

Sensei Bob Poynton

International Women's day 2020.Posted 8th March 2020
International Women's day 2020.

International Women's day 2020 is all about creating an equal world.

We can all actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievement.

The Karate world has been a platform of growth for Women and the equality message.

The EKF has a commitment to continue to develop as an organisation that promotes Equality throughout.

 

 

 

Posted 27th February 2020
Results of  Kyu Grades 2020.

Please click here to view: https://www.sportdata.org/karate/set-online/popup_main.php?popup_action=results&vernr=5062&active_menu=calendar

Posted 6th February 2020
Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems – 6th February 2020.

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. The EKF are encouraging its members to start talking about mental health so as a wider community we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to. This year the #timetotalk campaign are using the popular game 'Would you rather?' to help break the ice and get the conversation flowing.

Choosing to talk can make a real difference to someone’s life. But sometimes these conversations can bring up some difficult things that people may not have spoken about before. This might mean that they need some support.

Below you’ll find a list of organisations that can help you, or someone else, to find support:

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393
www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 – 24 hours a day, free to call

Posted 5th February 2020
Region Coach interviews update

Dear Regional Coach applicants,

Please be advised that there have been a number of interviews held for the Regional positions. However, we are working on finalising dates and times for the remaining candidates. 

Each candidate will be contacted over the next week or so with proposed dates and times for interview. 

Please do bare with us as we finalise this process and we thank you for your patience and understanding with what has been an influx of talented coach applications.

Posted 3rd February 2020
Did you know it's LGBT+ History Month?

LGBT History Month spans throughout February to celebrate the progress made by LGBT+ people in securing equal rights and fighting against discrimination, as well as to acknowledge the progress still to be made.

The English Karate Federation is dedicated to promoting equality and embracing the diversity within our Associations.

Here we have England Squad member Sophie Santillo giving us an insight into her journey both inside and outside of Karate.

Posted 27th January 2020
Sensei Eddie Daniels

The EKF would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sensei Eddie Daniels after his recent passing

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Sensei Eddie Daniels

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