• EKF Silver Medal for Sean McCarthy February 2-4 A true milestone for Irish Karate. Sean McCarthy takes silver at the EKF Junior Europeans in Sochi. Huge boost to qualifying for Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Huge team effort. Full report to follow.

  • Ulster Regional Kata Training February 17 Saturday 17th February, 2pm to 4pm, Ophir Scout Hall, Belfast. For more details contact Siobhan Leckey at siobhan_leckey@yahoo.co.uk

  • Ladies Senior Squad Training February 17Saturday 17th February, 2:30pm to 4pm, Larkhill Karate Club. For more details contact Paul Brennan at paulbrennansnr@hotmail.com

  • Introduction to Coaching Course April 28Saturday 28th April, Dublin. Contact Leo Mulvany at 0874159858 or email leomulvany1@eircom.net read more

  • WELCOME TO KARATE IRELAND (O.N.A.K.A.I.)

    Irelands largest all style national karate organisation, was established in 1978 by the coming together of the three main styles then practiced in Ireland, Shotokan, Wado and Kenpo, for the principal purpose of producing a fully representational national squad for international competition and also to coordinate, regulate and promote all karate activities within the 32 counties of Ireland.

    A constitution was drafted and approved which protected the interests of all Irish karate practitioners, and which provided for the development of the highest standards in the sport and traditional art of karate.

    Since its establishment Karate Ireland (O.N.A.K.A.I.) has been the only Irish karate body to be recognised by the European Karate Federation, and the World Karate Federation (Which is a member of the International Olympic Council). EKF and WKF are the largest and longest established European and World all style Karate organisations and host the highest level of Karate competitions in the world. In 2002 Karate Ireland was granted full recognition by the Irish Sports Council as the National Governing Body (NGB) for Karate in Ireland.

  • Karate Ireland OFFICERS

    President : Peter Coyle

    Secretary : Martin Clynch

    Registrar : Chris Kelly

    Treasurer : Ruth Smyth

    PRO : Masa Maye

    National Childrens Officer : Paschal Nugent

    Garda Vetting Officer : Mary Meehan

    Anti-Doping Officer : Leo Mulvany

    Coach Tutors : Michael Hogan (Liaison Officer with Coaching Ireland), Stephen Murray and Leo Mulvany


    NATIONAL COACHES

    Head Coach : Paul Brennan

    National Male Kumite Coach : Mark Sheridan

    National Female Kumite Coach : Paul Brennan

    National Kata coach : Marie Dolphin

    National Junior Coach : John Connolly

    Inclusion and Disability Officer : Brian Carroll



    ASSISTANT COACHES

    Kumite - Ruth Smyth, Eamonn Pegley, Ronan Flynn, Paul Tackaberry, Brendan Perry (Assistant Junior Kumite coach)

    Kata - Karen Dolphin



    REGIONAL COACHES

    Kata : Connaught - Karen Dolphin, Ulster - Siobhan Leckey, Munster - Michael Hogan

    Kumite : Connaught - Kevin Loftus, Munster - Stephen O Callaghan, Ulster - Simon O Dowd, Leinster - Brendan Perry, Ruth Smyth (assistant)


  • Only body recognised by the Olympics in Ireland
  • Access to qualification to the Olympics
  • Members of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and the European Karate Federation (EKF)
  • Access to European and World Karate Championships
  • Access to Irelands National Karate Squad
  • Junior and Senior Kata and Kumite competition
  • National Karate tournaments for Juniors and Seniors
  • Regional National Karate League for Juniors
  • Regular seminars and courses with internationally recognised Karateka and Coaches
  • Referee and Judges training and certification
  • Coach Certification - Introduction to Coaching Level 1
  • Access to Garda Vetting
  • Karate Ireland Student Licence
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