ULSTER KARATE ASSOCIATION (UKA)
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
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:
VENTURES II KARATE CLUB
Ventures II Karate Club was formed in the late 70’s as part of a youth club project. The club was reinvented and relaunched in 2007 by Tom Brennan and it now operates from premises in John Wesley Street in Strabane. The club has since gone from success to success with member’s achievements and acknowledgments. Providing Training for any ability and ages from 6yrs and upwards it prides itself as being a close family friendly club and we welcome all those who wish to train in the art of karate to come along and give it ago. Training takes place under the guidance of Sensei tom Brennan 4th Dan. For more information:
NORTH WEST KARATE FEDERATION
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:
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KOBUSHI KAI CLUB
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
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:
LIMIVADY KARATE CLUB
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.