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USKFI Combined squad/brown & black belt course by ecoates


Well done to all members who attended the combined squad/brown and black belt class today in Corduff Dojo. A great attitude from all in attendance.

USKFI Red to Black Belt Course Greystones July 2019 by ecoates


Sensei Sherlock demonstrates some of the finer points of Kata Gankaku

Well done to all members who trained on our course that was held in the Greystones Dojo this morning. Considering it's still holiday season we had another great turn out with many dedicated Karateka in attendance. A big thank you to the members of our Wicklow clubs for their hospitality and the fantastic spread afterwards. Well done all!

USKFI on tour July 2019 by ecoates


A contingent of USKFI members travelled over to Liverpool this week to train in the Red Triangle Karate Club under the expert guidance of Sensei Frank Brennan. The Red Triangle Karate club is probably one of the most famous Dojos in the world of Shotokan Karate and is steeped in so much history.

Sensei Brennan and his club members were as always extremely hospitable as they welcomed our group for the evening session. A tough, very warm, challenging session that certainly pushed our members both physically and psychologically. The second session was a private session with Sensei Brennan on the Friday morning which again was another challenging but superb session. Sensei Brennan provided a masterclass for our members and left us with lots of food for thought.

 The USKFI would like to thank Sensei Brennan for his hospitality and welcoming us to his dojo for what was a very memorable experience.

USKFI Black Belt Course July 2019 by ecoates


Sensei Sherlock demonstrates ushiro mawashi geri
Well done to all USKFI black belt members who attended our black belt course this weekend. Although it's holiday season we still had great support from our Dan grade members and are delighted to provide courses for our dedicated members throughout the whole of the calendar year.

Well done all and thank you for your support.
KUGB National YOuth Championships June 2019 by ecoates


USKFI Team Shot

USKFI medalists 

A USKFI contingent of twenty-two travelled to Chesterfield in June to compete in the KUGB National Youth Championships. The team consisted of seventeen athletes, USKFI coaches Sensei David Royle and Pat Keegan and international referees Senseis Jim Bartley and Bernard Gaffney. Finally, the team’s PR officer Eleanore Coates was there to capture the team’s superb performances on film. As with all international tournaments the USKFI fully fund all trips for the international team and have done since its inception many years ago. The 2019 USKFI international squad has a mix of experienced competitors as well as some junior competitors just starting out on their international competition career.  Regardless of the team’s experience this team of young athletes performed extremely well and represented the organisation with a high standard. Click title for full report....

USKFI June grading for white - yellow belts by ecoates

Sensei Royle leads the warm up!

Sensei Royle goes through some detail with Lauren

Sensei Sherlock gives some pointers to Amaris

Congratulations to all USKFI members who successfully passed their grading at the weeeknd under the watchful eyes of Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle. We had close to one hundred members from white to yellow belt progress to their next grade. It was well noted by the grading examiners the fantastic standard and attitude that was on display. Well done all!! Keep up the good work.

USKFI Summer Seminar with Sensei James & Frank Brennan by ecoates



Super weekend training @ the USKFI's Summer Seminar with legendary instructors Sensei James & Sensei Frank Brennan. So much technical detail packed into each session! Superb effort from everyone in the Dojo....well done all! Thank you all for the support. Also well done to all those who passed their grading, some very positive feedback was received from both grading examiners! keep up the good work!

USKFI Kildare Region Grading June by ecoates


Well done to all USKFI students who graded at our Kildare region grade at the weekend with Sensei Michael Sherlock. A very good standard of karate on display. Congratulations everyone!

USKFI National Championships by ecoates



As the dust settles after another successful event for the USKFI we would like to sincerely thank all our members for their positive contribution to our very successful 2019 National Championships. This year’s Nationals were without doubt a fantastic day of competition and a credit to everyone involved.  One of our busiest championships so far with 186 entries we were in for a tough day but thanks to the great team work the event ran very smoothly. 

Our match officials done a great job selecting the worthy finalists and it was super to see the wonderful competitors be provided with such an excellent competitive environment where they could showcase their skills for the onlooking audience.

Solid work from our table officials also kept things running smoothly and took us through the events with ease. A special thanks to the volunteers that set up the venue on Saturday afternoon, helping to ensure our competition start time would be met. Across the board a fantastic effort gave us a National Championships that we are very proud of.

A special thank you to the competitors who were brave enough to step onto the mats, without you guys there would be no competition so once again thank you all. 
Also thank you to the parents, instructors, coaches and club contacts for their continuous support and hard work with students. You are all very important pieces of the jigsaw. If it wasn’t for the support of such dedicated members the USKFI wouldn’t be what it is today…. a hardworking, dedicated, supportive association made by its members for its members.
USKFI Referees flying the flag in Switzerland by ecoates


May is proving to be a busy month of competitions for Senseis J. Bartley and B.Gaffney. Following on from the fantastic K.U.G.B. National Championships in Leicester, the pair made the trip to Switzerland to take part in the 46th Fujimura Cup, another fantastic championships. The refs now have their sights set on our very own U.S.K.F.I. National Championships on the 26th. Best of luck to all those taking part !

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