Ulster Karate Association (UKA) was formed in 1981 and teaches traditional WadoRyu karate in Belfast, Antrim, Dromore and Carrickfergus. It has a long tradition of technical excellence and is one of the most successful groups of clubs in Ireland in terms of championship success. It has produced N Ireland, All Ireland, British, European & World Champions in both Kata (forms), and Kumite (fighting). It is a founder member of Northern Ireland Karate Board, Ulster Karate Council and Karate N. Ireland. It is affiliated to WKC & FWE and TAFISA and through this recognised by the IOC, WHO and UNESCO. It is also affiliated to IMGC.  UKA is open to everyone (aged 5yrs upwards) wishing to learn traditional WadoRyu karate. For more information go to:


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Larne Karate Club is a member of British Isles Karate Association (BIKA) based in Cumbria, which was formed on 1st Dec 1980. Chief Instructor is Sensei Brian Parramore 7th Dan. Sensei Parramore began training in Wado Ryu in 1976 in the UKKW headed by Sensei Tatsuo Suzuki. In 1978 he joined Sensei Walter Seaton’s EKW where he was awarded his 1st Dan in May 1983. In 1987 Sensei Brian Parramore left the EKW and joined B.I.K.A. Sensei Brian Parramore was awarded 7th Dan in December 2016.

The senior instructor at Larne Karate Club is Sensei Frank Healy 4th Dan and the club is located in Greenland Community Centre, Old Glenarm Rd, Larne. For more information:

Telephone: 074234536


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North West Karate Federation was formed in 1980. The club coaches have taught many International and World Championship medal winners. Its members have made up a considerable part of the Northern Ireland Karate Squad. It’s based at St. Paul’s Primary School Moss Road, Galliagh in Derry City. It has 8 Dan Grade (Black Belt) Wado-Ryu instructors, with John McFadden 4th Dan the current Chief Instructor. The NWKF is open to everyone (age 5 years upwards) and the club teaches the recognised World Wado-Ryu syllabus, including fighting (Kumite) and Forms (Kata). For more information on the NWKF:


Telephone: 07731130783


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Kobushi Kai Ireland (KKI) was formed in 2013 and practise both traditional and sport karate concepts.  The 3 clubs have very experienced instructors and KKI are members of the International Karate Union (IKU) world body representing Northern Ireland. 

Telephone: 00353 879114603


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Mizukara Karate Clubs were formed in 1994 in Bangor by Sensei David Brashaw.  They have clubs in leisure centres and schools in Newtownards & Bangor and run weekly adult fitness classes. 


The clubs mostly teach traditional Wado Ryu based on the principles of Professor Tatsuo Suzuki and encourages its students to aspire to the highest standards of international competition. Over the last 20 years Mizukara students have won Northern Ireland, All Ireland, British, European & World titles. Mizukara is a member of the International Karate Union (IKU), Karate Ireland and work closely with Karate Sport England. Mizukara means ‘for yourself’ and we would encourage everyone (aged 5yrs upwards) to try it for themselves. Through our training students develop confidence, skill and fitness. For more information:

Telephone: 07760337578


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Limavady Karate Club was formed in 2012. Our Chief instructor is Sensei Martin Cole 4th Dan. Martin trained with the KUGB for a number of years, receiving his Dan grades under Sensei Andy Sherry before helping to form the TKA in 2014.


We have a large number of Dan grades in the club. All our instructors are fully insured and have all the relevant background checks. We practice Traditional Shotokan Karate, Sport Karate and Self-Defence. We are affiliated to the TKA and AMA. We are also involved with WKC through Sensei Terry Boyle. New members are welcome all year round.


Telephone: 07736373352


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Stephen Farrell is the chief instructor for Shotokan Karate. He is JKA Dan graded, holds JKA Instructor and Referee qualifications as well as Access NI, Safeguarding Children in Sport, Designated Child Protection and First Aid. He also holds Public Liability Insurances.


The club is affiliated with the JKA in Tokyo (Japan Karate Association) through JKA World Federation Northern Ireland. Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Masoe Kawasoe, 8th Dan JKA. We have close links in JKA WF NI with other clubs based in Bangor, Holywood, Belfast, Londonderry, Jordanstown, Dublin and Cork. We hold regular courses and gradings with Kawasoe Sensei, both in Northern Ireland and the South of Ireland. All grades are recognised both here and in Japan and around the World. Black belt certificates are issued directly from Japan. We also regularly attend courses in England & Scotland, which are normally taken by JKA Instructors from Japan.


With our membership of both JKA World Federation and Karate Northern Ireland, we have students who regularly compete at Regional, National, European and World Level competitions. 


We are a very family orientated club with over 85 students of all ages and abilities. 



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Proudly affiliated to Academy of Shotokan Karate under Sensei Dave Hazard 7th Dan. We are a local club based in Eglinton and training can start from ages 5 years through to Adult. Club chief instructor Sensei Paul Burley 4th Dan is fully insured and CRB checked holds child protection and designated child protection training aswell as first aid training.


Train in a safe and supportive environment where we teach and train under the guidance of Academy of Shotokan Karate. We hold grading twice per annum and we have the Mon system for children from  the age of 8 years to 16 years. This system produces a well rounded karate ka with a firm foundation of their basic techniques and will build character, confidence and ability. We focus on the student at all times. Classes consist of the 3 K'S and we look at self protection, dissecting kata making techniques relevant and practical. We will build fitness levels and train for the competition circuit which gives the willing student a chance to test their kumite skills and their mettle!


We are also proudly affiliated to Karate Northern Ireland which gives our students a great platform to enhance their karate career in the National and International stage.



Telephone: 07549660877

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JKA WF Northern Ireland is linked directly to JKA (Japan Karate Association) HQ in Japan, Tokyo. The home of traditional Shotokan Karate.

We have clubs in Lisburn, Derry/Londonderry, Belfast and Bangor. All our instructors are fully qualified and recognised by Japan, 3rd Dan and above with years of experience behind them. Our Chief Instructor is Sensei Masao Kawasoe, 8th Dan JKA. He has completed the famous JKA instructors’ course under Sensei Nakayama.

Sensei comes to Northern Ireland on a regular basis to grade our students. Our students are able to attend courses all over Ireland and competition across the world along with regular trips to Japan to the JKA HQ.

The JKA WF Northern Ireland group welcomes all, we have no interest in politics or styles, just in leaning karate in a fun safe environment.

Clubs: Avoniel SKC, Bushido Shotokan JKA, Bangor Applied Karate, Foyle SKC

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Telephone: +44 7802 540692



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