Northern Ireland Karate Board - About the Governing Body

  • About


    The Northern Ireland Karate Board Ltd (NIKB) is recognised by Sport NI as the National Governing Body for the sport of Karate in the Northern Ireland.

    The NIKB exists to ensure the safe delivery of Karate through all its member organisations. This is affected by Registered Instructor whose training includes Code of Conduct and Ethics; Health and Safety, including Risk Assessment; Safeguarding; Insurance and Enhanced Disclosure along with Access NI checks.

    The NIKB’s policies and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure compliance with all the current regulations and best practice guidelines. NIKB is also assessed by Sport NI, which assures current and prospective members that policies and procedures are actively in place with the board and its member organisations. NIKB ensures that a high standard for safeguarding and protecting of both children and adults is in place throughout all the member organisations.
    NIKB Ltd undertakes a continuous review, through self-assurance of its governance policies and procedures to ensure it is fit for purpose. The NIKB through its member organisations and in conjunction with Sport NI and local Sports Associations is committed via its 2013/15 Strategy to increasing participation in Karate. This increase is sustained through the effective delivery of safe Karate, which is facilitated by professional coach training and on-going club development.

    Through NIKB’s membership of the British Karate Federation (BKF) it is also a member and recognised by both the European Karate Federation (EKF) and World Karate Federation (WKF).
    Also the WKF is the only karate body to be recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Given the above why not take a look and follow this link to see “what the NIKB has on offer to its members” facilities that can only be provided by the National Governing Body as recognised by Sport NI.







  • Directors
    • Company

      The Northern Ireland Karate Board is a
      Private Company Limited by Guarantee under the Companies Act 2006.
      Company Number: NI621783
      Date Registered: 4th December 2013
      The Northern Ireland Karate Board is also the only official governing body that exists in Northern Ireland and is only one that is recognized and endorsed by the Sport Northern Ireland a honour that no other Organisation, Federation or body can lay claim to.
      The Northern Ireland Karate Board has been involved with (SNI) in an extensive re-accreditation process to continue our recognition and the role as
      The Official Governing Body for the sport of Karate in Northern Ireland.

    • President


      Mr Oliver Brunton


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    • Secretary


      Mr John McConville


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    • Treasurer


      Miss Violet Brown


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    • Board Member


      Mr Kevin Broderick


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    • Board Member


      Mr Felix Carson


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    • Board Member


      Mr Gerard o’Boyle


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  • Documentation

    The documentation below is owned by the NIKB Ltd including all rights and copyright, the content may not be used or copied for any purpose without the express permission of NIKB Ltd.
    Any unauthorised copying of material belonging to or controlled by NIKB Ltd will constitute an infringement of copyright.

    The documentation below formed an integral part of the successful re-accreditation process to continue as the Official Karate Governing Body as recognised by SportNI




    Data Protection Policy

    NIKB Structures

    Development and Training

    Anti Doping Policy

    Equality Policy

    Complaints Policy

    Risk Management Policy

    Conflict of Interest

    Whats on Offer

  • Members Offers
    • Development of Karate in NI

      The pursuit of excellence in the traditions of karate and all its values which represents the interests of all karate-ka throughout Northern Ireland in accordance with the articles and statues of the European and World Governing Bodies.

      Through our strategic aims of

      • Development of a competent workforce of officials.
      • The provision of high quality and professionally organised competitions.
      • Ensuring the safety of all board members practicing Karate.
      • Promoting the ethics and etiquette inherent in traditional Karate-do

      In order to achieve the strategic aims and to continuously improve and raise the standard of karate within Northern Ireland a continuous training programme consisting of courses such as

      • KB 1 - Level 1 Assistant Club Coach
      • KB 2 - Level 2 Lead Coach Specification
      • Refereeing and Judging Courses
      • Scoring and Time Keeping
      • Kata Courses
      • Kumite Courses

      will be available to all board members along with any new courses that will be developed as part of the Board Development Strategy to maintain our position as the No1 Karate organisation. in Northern Ireland

      Publication of above

    • Competitions

      Competitions Available to The National Governing Body Members


      Detailed below are National and International Competitions available to NIKB individual Karate-Ka and the Northern Ireland National Squad members:

      • NIKB National Championships
      • BKF Four Nations
      • BKF Open
      • European Juniors
      • European Cadets
      • European Seniors
      • World Karate Federation Juniors\Cadets
      • World Karate Federation Under 21 Cup
      • World Karate Federation Seniors

      There are numerous other competitions in Ireland (North & South), England, Scotland and Wales open to board members ( to many to mention here).

  • History
    • History of the NIKB

      A Brief History of The Northern Ireland Karate Board
      In 1986 individual karate federations and bodies throughout Northern Ireland assembled in conjunction with and under guidance of the Sports Council of Northern Ireland to form a recognised governing body for the sport of Karate in Northern Ireland.
      The governing body was to be known as the Northern Ireland Karate Board (NIKB) with a formally adopted constitution. This constitution is the bases of a duly elected and democratic organisation to provide governance for the sport of karate within Northern Ireland and almost thirty year experience in the governance of the sport


      To safe guard the interest and provide best practise within the sport the NIKB is a member of the British Karate Federation (BKF), the European Karate Federation (EKF) and World Karate Federation (WKF).
      As a recognised and fully affiliated member of the above organisations the NIKB is entitled to send selected national squads from our associated members to compete at events and competitions throughout the world.
      Although we are members of the BKF, it is not a governing body. Whilst each of the four Home Counties has their own autonomy, the BKF provides a forum whereby the interests of all Karate-Ka throughout the United Kingdom can be considered.

      The governing body is made up of individual associations, each of which consist of a number of clubs. The membership is predominately children, under 18, and is made up of both male and female and includes children who have physical and mental disabilities, and children from a disadvantaged social background.
      There has been an increase in women becoming involved in karate, and over the past few years they have become involved in the delivery and management of karate in Northern Ireland, and have qualified as national kumite referees and kata judges.
      Each Association has an Executive Committee and Officers who send representation to the Board. The Board in turn is run by a Management Committee elected from these representatives. National squad training sessions are open to all karate-ka belonging to Associations within the Board. Their progress at these sessions is monitored by the national referees and judges in association with the Board’s coaches.

    • Brief History of Karate

      The History of Karate

      In historical terms, the martial art of Karate was most influenced by the Chinese fist arts, although the origins of Karate can be traced back to the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. which included an event called the 'Pankration', a form of unarmed combat involving punching, kicking and throwing.

      Karate-do as we know it today follows that art of unarmed combat developed on the island of Okinawa, which was invaded by the Japanese in the early part of the 17th Century. The invasion included a ban on all weapons, and consequently the islanders, learning unarmed combat techniques from Chinese experts on the island, developed the unique Okinawan Karate - the art of training the hands and feet as lethal weapons. Hence the original meaning of Karate was 'Tode' or 'China Hand'.

      The island was policed by Samurai, warriors skilled in the sword who wore virtually impenetrable bamboo armour, and, as the islanders were forbidden to carry weapons, a kick or punch had to be effective enough to penetrate this armour and disable the warrior.

      In 1921, Master Gichin Funakoshi introduced Karate to Japan where the art was modified and improved, and it developed as a martial, lethal art for practical fighting. The meaning of Karate then was changed to 'Empty Hand', i.e. 'Kara' - empty and 'Te' - hand, indicating the ability to defend without the use of weapons.

      To inflict damage on an opponent with a single punch or kick has been the objective of this ancient Okinawan martial art, however, great emphasis has also been placed on the spiritual side of the art.

      Training means the training of body and spirit and the striving for the spirit of humility. Becoming a true follower of Karate-do is possible only when one strives for perfection in these two aspects, the one spiritual, the other physical. The fundamental techniques of Karate have been developed and perfected through long years of study and practice, but the effective use of these techniques must include an understanding and acceptance of this spiritual aspect.

      The very essence of Karate is expressed in Kata (form) which is a series of reset defensive and counter attacking movements against a number of imagined opponents, and requires many years of study to perfectly understand and execute. From the study of Kata one can see how Karate evolved and developed as an art of self-defence.

      There are many Karate Katmai, all of which start from a defensive movement. This demonstrates that every move in Karate is developed out of the need for self-defence against attack. The practice of Kata is an integral part of training for Karate organisations within the traditional mould.

      The last 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of Karate-do throughout the world, even to the extent that Karate may be featured in the Olympic Games of 2020. While some may see this as a welcome development, others may regard it as an indication of how, increasingly, Karate is seen more as a sport than a pure oriental martial art.

      Some Karate organisations today emphasize the winning of competitions to the extent that little or no emphasis is placed on the basic techniques, or on the practice of Kata, likewise such organisations do not stress the importance of courtesy, etiquette, and respect. All essential features of Karate-Do training. While it is not undesirable for Karate organisations to participate in competition kumite (free sparring), the traditional aspects of the art should assume prime importance, and the winning of competitions should not be the sole objective of the organisation.

      The beginner starts off by mastering the basic techniques, punches, kicks, and blocks, without an opponent so that he can focus all his mental and physical effort on the performance of his own technique without fear of counter attack - although an opponent is always present whether imagined, as in basics, or real, as in sparring. Having gained a reasonable level of proficiency in the basic techniques, the student then progresses to Sanbon gumite (pre arranged sparring) in order to learn distance, balance, and zanchin(awareness).

      Having reached a degree of proficiency in sanbon gumite the student will then progress to more advanced types of pre arranged sparring, such as Ohyo gumite and Kihon gumite where they will learn the importance of timing, and the basic principle of Wado-Kai Karate, the use of the minimum amount of effort for maximum effect!

      While perfecting these aspects of his training, the student will continue to practice basic techniques, plus they will be learning Kata (preset form). The practice of Kata is perhaps the one element of training which separates traditional and sport martial arts. The practice of Kata embodies all the principles and ideals of traditional Karate. Each Kata requires different types of muscle co-ordination, gentle and strong movements, fast and slow movements, varying degrees of power, pivoting, jumping, bending, kicks, punches, blocks, pushing and pulling all done with complete concentration and perfect balance. Though the practice of Kata alone does not render a martial art 'traditional', some schools are content to lower Kata to the role of exercise, a varied collection of empty movements devoid of any power or focus.

      In short, Karate as a sport is a hobby or pastime, traditional Karate-Do is a way of life!


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