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Sensei Sherry & Brennan Spring Seminar by ecoates


The USKFI welcomed legends of Shotokan Karate Sensei Andy Sherry and Sensei Frank Brennan back to Dublin for our first international instructors seminar of 2019. We had fantastic support from our members as always with close to one hundred dedicated Karateka in attendance. Click title for full report.....

2019 off to a flying start!! by ecoates


Big thank you to all our members who attended our first event of the year held in the Phibblestown Dojo. Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Keegan provided a two hour session for our Red to Black belts and it was great to see so many enthusiastic members eager to get back in action and dust the cobwebs off after the Christmas break. Next course coming up is our Black belt course on the 19th of January and we look forward to seeing you all back in action once again.

Final Course of 2018 by ecoates


Well done to all our members who attended the final event of 2018. Sensei Sherlock and Sensei Royle provided a free class for all USKFI brown and black belts. The class was very well supported like always with over fifty members in attendance. 
The USKFI would like to thank all our members for their continuous support throughout 2018. It is due to the loyal support of our members these events are so successful. We look forward to another busy year ahead in 2019 with our first event scheduled for 5.1.19 in the Phibblestown Karate Club.
Last grading of 2018 for the USKFI by ecoates


The USKFI would like to congratulate our members who participated in the final grading of 2018. We had close to one hundred members take the next step on their Karate Journey. Congratulations all.

ESKA Serbia Nov 2018 by ecoates


As the curtains close on what was another fabulous European championship and the teams set off on the journey home, we look forward to welcoming our own team Ireland back to Dublin today. A small but mighty team represented the USKFI at these prestigious championships. Sophie and Lisa performed very well over the weekend and were even brave enough to accept the challenge and step up to the Junior ladies under 21yrs categories. Although no medals are coming home with the girls this time around there is something much more valuable gained and that’s the experience of competing at this level on the European stage. Both girls who are fledglings when it comes to competing at this level showed great determination and heart in their performances. We could ask nothing more as the girl’s gave everything and we are very proud of how they represented the USKFI throughout the weekend. We are sure the girls will use this experience, develop and come back even stronger next year.  Congratulations! Click Lick for full report....
Squad Selection Nov 2018 by ecoates



The USKFI are very happy to announce the following members have been selected for the USKFI International Squad for 2019.

Please remember selection on to the squad does NOT mean automatic selection for competitions. A team will be selected from the main squad for each championships. Team selection depends on a number of factors:
Students must be training regularly, attending national competitions and courses. Students must demonstrate a good standard of karate and of course an excellent attitude. 

If a student could not make the selection, they can attend for selection at the next squad training session but must go through club instructor to receive permission. 

Congratulations to all those selected!

Sean Quirke - Newbridge 
Sophie Farrell - Lucan 
Tori Maher - Monasterevin
Lisa Meagher -  Corduff
Leon Hoban -  Navan
Lauren Royle -  Corduff
Ben Walsh - Blacklion
Jessica Lennon - Phibblestown
Maciej Cieniuch - Lucan
Anna Louise Lumingkit - Newbridge
Patrick Cavanagh - Greystones
Malina Petrovschi - Phibblestown
Conor Hannon - Navan
Brendan Ward - Newbridge
Dmitry Kavanagh - Lucan
Jack Kenny - Santry
Eva Thunder - Kingscourt
Shay Kelly  - Kingscourt
Eoin Lavina -  Navan
Kane Hall -  Corduff
Ray Foysal -  Phibblestown
Ben O' Keefe -  Lucan
James Reid - Kildare
Jonathan Grace  - Monasterevin
Ryan Cronin -  Greystones
Cian O'Flaherty -  Phibblestown
Zuzanna Kolodzyska -  Navan
Hannah Duffy - Greystones
Jamie Waters Lucan
Alexander Cyriac -  Navan
Conor Meagher - Corduff
Arisha Foysal -  Phibblestown
Noah Smith  - Monasterevin
Aaron Smyth - Phibblestown
Katie Gaffney - Navan
USKFI Course & Dan Grade with Sensei Sherry & Brennan by ecoates


The USKFI would like to congratulate our newest batch of successful Dan grades. We now welcome 12 new Shodans and 6 new Nidans. The standard on show on the day was very high and its goes to show all the months and years of hard work clearly paid off with these fantastic results. Well done all and we look forward to seeing you all continue on your karate journey.

The USKFI pay tribute to one of our long standing loyal members Sensei Gilbert Dawed by ecoates



Sensei Gilbert with Sensei Michael Sherlock & Sensei David Royle

Sensei Gilbert Dawed with the USKFI Executive Committee

The USKFI paid tibute to a larger than life character and a very special member of the USKFI family Sensei Gilbert Dawed!! Sensei Gilbert will be eimigrating at the end of the month to begin a new life in Sicily.Thank you for your years of support, dedication, hard work and loyalty to our association. You always arrived with a smile, your personality infectious and that will most certainly be missed. Bon Voyage notre cher ami!!

USKFI Brown & Black belt Course/Predan by ecoates


Well done to all members who participated in the USKFI Brown & Black belt Kata course and Predan class that was held in the Corduff sports centre over the weekend.

Kata Class group shot

Black belts were treated to a lesson on Kata Gankaku with Sensei Sherlock while the brown belts had a taste of Kata Jiin with Sensei Royle. After the first hour Senseis switched with Sensei Royle explaining different technical elements of the Kata whilst also teaching some of the points of Bunkai. Participants then had the opportunity to apply and practice with a partner. Sensei Sherlock proceeded in a similar fashion with the brown belts where they also had a chance to but some of the Bunkai of Jiin into practice. 

Some of the brown belt ladies leading the way for Kata Jiin

Some of our Dan grade ladies practicing Bunkai of Kata Gankaku

A very enjoyable course overall with some excellent feedback from the participants.
Arisha Foysal showing nice technique on her Yokogeri at the PreDan

Following on from the Kata course we had a Predan grade class for all those members hoping to go for Dan grade in the near future. 
There was an excellent standard overall and we are sure to be welcoming some new Dan grades in a few weeks time when Sensei Sherry and Brennan will be visiting. 

Sensei Liz Maher in action  at the PreDan
Well done all and thank you once again for your support.
USKFI October Grading by ecoates


Well done to all USKFI members who took their grading yesterday under the watchful eyes of Sensei Sherlock & Sensei Royle. Over 150 members made the progression to their next belt and done so with a superb standard and attitude.  Once again the USKFI would like to thank all our members, parents and instructors for their continuous support. Our association continues to go from strength to strength and that was clearly evident from the fantastic standard on display yesterday. 


Sensei Royle giving some feedback

Our youngest grader on the day Lauren Catacutan at just 5yrs old

Just one of many members showing great technical detail and attitude on the day.


 Upcoming Events

Event StartTitle
3/23/2019 10:00 AM USKFI Combined Squad/Ref & Judges Course Corduff
3/30/2019 9:30 AM USKFI Brown & Black belt Pre-Dan Course Corduff
3/31/2019 9:30 AM KUGB Senior Dan Grade UK
4/6/2019 9:30 AM Liverpool Youth Championships
4/13/2019 9:30 AM Sensei Sherry Course & Dan grading
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