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News 2020

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Peter SpantonPosted 29th November 2020
Passing of Peter Spanton Sensei

It is with great sadness that the EKF has learnt of the passing of Peter Spanton Sensei.

Peter was one of English Karate's original pioneers, and a great supporter of the EKF and previous NGB's. He was the founder of Higashi karate which over the years has produced many champions.

The EKF send our condolences to Peter's Family, friends, and students. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

The EKF Board





Posted 29th November 2020
Passing of Terry Robins

The English Karate Federation have learned that former Coach, National & International Official Terry Robins sadly passed away earlier today. Terry, a real gentleman of the Karate scene pictured below at the European Championships in Slovenia will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

The EKF Board

George Floyd

Posted 16th June 2020
BLM Statement

The EKF strongly condemns discrimination of any kind and will strive to ensure that Karate in England is both diverse and inclusive. We are proud to be the representative body of such a diverse Federation. We are dedicated to promoting equality and valuing the diversity within the EKF and the members we serve.

We as a nation are facing testing times, as recent events have again highlighted that Racism and inequality continues to be an issue within our society. It has opened wounds and scars of many of our members that have had to suffer at the hands of the evil just because of the colour of their skin.

Karate has the power to break down barriers across communities and we remain deeply committed to removing all forms of discrimination from within Karate in England and Worldwide. We condemn wholeheartedly the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota Police and stand in full solidarity with the global #blacklivesmatter movement. We also stand in solidarity with all those who are unjustly treated because of their race or ethnicity and the EKF support the continued fight for justice and equality. We will strive to ensure that the EKF leads the way as we stand against racism with all our members.

The EKF Board

George Floyd

Posted 10th May 2020
VE Day 75th Anniversary

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe). This is a day to celebrate but also to look back and remember the sacrifices this generation made for peace. At a time of national crisis the nation pulled together and made the country a better place post-war. There are lessons in this for where we find ourselves today

Enjoy the day however you are choosing to mark this occasion and let us never forget that, ‘so much is owed by so many to so few’.

VE Day 75th Anniversary

Posted 6th May 2020
Official EKF courses notice

Dear Members

The EKF is aware of the many excellent online training courses and sessions that are currently being offered to you and we hope they continue to be of benefit.

However, the EKF wish to make clear that during these difficult times, all Official EKF courses will be advertised on the EKF website and Social media platforms, and will be FREE of charge. It is EKF policy at this time to not profit from any of our activities in anyway, shape, or form.

EKF courses will not replace those that our member associations or clubs might be offering. We encourage members to continue 'attending' their club sessions which both support clubs, and offer specific training to match your individual needs.

Keep Safe
The EKF Board

Posted 23rd April 2020
EKF Dan Grade Application update

Please note our Dan Grade registration process is being upgraded at this time. We will advise when the process is complete.

Harold StephensonPosted 5th April 2020
Passing of Harold Stephenson

The EKF has learned of the sad passing of Harold Stephenson.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Harold's family.

Harold will be best known for being one of our senior referees, but he was also a passionate martial artist.

He will be sadly missed, but not forgotten.

RIP Harold
The EKF 




Harold StephensonPosted 31st March 2020
A request from retired EKF Referee Harold Stephenson

The EKF have been informed that our Referee/Official who retired recently has a medical fight he isn’t going to win. He remains strong and determined... and in typical Harold fashion, he isn't giving up anytime soon.

The EKF joins with Harold at these difficult times and invite all members and colleagues and friends to show their support in Harold's request below. Harold has always been one of the EKF's greatest supporters..... now is a time when we can return that support.

Harold asks : On Friday 3rd April at 20:30 we all go out to our gardens with a torch and shine it up to the sky and take 2 minutes to remember those people who have lost their lives, and those fighting this terrible virus.

Please share this amongst Association, Clubs, Friends and Families. We would be most grateful for everyone’s support in this.

English Karate Federation
Board of Directors

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 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

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


Sensei Eddie Daniels

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