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Karate Wales Ltd. is the only Governing body in Wales recognised by World Union of Karate Federations and the International Karate Union.

Karate Wales Ltd. is part of a bright future for World Karate.

We in Karate in Wales can now offer our members opportunities unimaginable only a short time ago.

Welcome to the future of Karate in Wales, welcome to Karate Wales.

Thinking of joining Karate Wales?
Why not give our President Rob a call, for a friendly informal chat?
07986 872953

1. Membership of world bodies IKU, WUKF & UWK. Karate Wales being the only recognised Welsh governing body. 
2. Access to IKU, WUKF, UWK & IKO Kyokushin Kai Kan European and World championships for all ages from Children to Veterans.
3. Access to national and international referee and official qualification programmes. 
4. Personal Accident Insurance and member to member insurance. 
5. Access to personal indemnity insurance.
6. Access to criminal record checks.
7. Access to coaching qualifications.
8. Discount to Karate Wales Tournaments and other events.
9. Access to National Squad Training Programmes.
10. Access to Sport Wales courses through our coaching programme.
11. Grading panel for 4th Dan and above if required.    
12. Access to first Aid courses.

- Karate Wales Invitation to the Wales Office -

Latest News

Karate Wales COVID-19 Guidance (July 2021 Update)


We have recently completed a comprehensive update to our guidelines for Karate Wales member organisations and clubs. While there are still restrictions in place due to the continuing pandemic, recent changes to Welsh Parliament rules give us a little more freedom with our practice. We are currently in Alert Level 1 so please follow the appropriate guidelines for Alert Level 1 practice. Alert Level 0 will be amended once we have details following the Welsh Parliament announcement (expected 7th August).

The documentation can be downloaded below:

KW Return To Sport Plan

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template

Covid-19 Activity Risk Assessment Template

Covid-19 Activity Implementation Plan Template


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Odense, Denmark October 24th – 27th

Karate Wales sent a squad of seventeen athletes, three coaches and two referees to the 11th World Union of Karate Federations European Championships held in Odense, Denmark. KW has set themselves a standard in medal achieving over the last few years and this squad continued our excellent results bringing home another yet another haul of medals. 

Despite being a relatively small squad on this occasion, KW won a total of 16 medals to finish a very creditable 11th in the medal table overall. These included 8 Bronze medals, 6 silver medals and with KW having two new European Champions in Kay Powell and Jakob Bartush. 

Kay added to her World Championship gold medal from Dublin by winning the Female Veteran’s kata title. And just to illustrate the range in talent we have across the ages in KW, Jakob won the under 8 years boys kata title. 

There was also somewhat of a family theme to this squad. Richard Powell also won a Bronze medal and the tournament saw the return of Luke Howard to the mats, this time not only under the watchful eye of his wife Leah but his mum Clare too! It was a good weekend for the Howard family with both Luke and Clare winning silver medals. Finally, the Lee sisters Mayzi, Elle-Mai and Alysha may soon need a bigger trophy cabinet as they all came away with medals.

Full results are shown below:

Kay Powell -European Champion Female Veteran Kata

Jakob Bartush - European Champion Under 8yrs Boys Kata

Tyler Foster -Silver Medal Kata adapted Adults -Ambulatory 

Mayzi Lee - Silver Medal Under 8yrs girls Kumite 

Elle-Mai Lee - Silver Medal 10yrs girls kata 

Emillie Thompson - Silver Medal 12yrs Girls Kumite  

Clare Howard - Silver Medal Ladies Vets Kumite 

Luke Howard - Silver Medal Senior Male Kumite -75kg

Talia Efstathiou - Bronze Medal 11yrs girls kata 

Alysha Lee -Bronze Medal 16-17yrs female cadet Kumite 

Charlotte Colbert -Bronze Medal 14-15yrs Female cadet Kumite

Jacob Denham - Bronze Medal 16-17yrs Cadet Kumite 65-75 Kgs

-Bronze Medal -16-17yrs Cadet Kumite Open

Richard Powell -Bronze Medal Male Kumite Sanbon +85Kgs

Sophie Evans -Bronze Medal 16-17yrs Female cadet Kumite -55Kgs

Josh Dodwell -Bronze Medal Male Kumite Sanbon -85 Kgs

Congratulations goes to all squad members and families who supported them. Thanks as always to our coaches Steve Wellington, Tom Beardsley, Kay Powell and Leah Howard who work so hard support our athletes and to our referees Andrew Jones and Doru Grad who represent KW at these events.


Karate Wales Safeguarding Course 21st July.

Karate Wales held the latest Child Protection and Safeguarding course for instructors in Penarth on 21st July.

All Heads of Associations should be aware that all instructors and assistant instructors need to be safeguarding trained.

Karate Wales will host these courses as necessary to ensure this criteria is met.

Heads of Associations are asked to contact Shihan Lee Costa for details of the next courses.



More World Champions for Karate Wales at the 8th WUKF World Championships

Karate Wales recently sent a squad of 38 athletes, along with coaches and referees, to compete in the 8th WUKF World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The tournament was held from the 20th to 23rd of June and also incorporated the 1st WUKF World Kobudo Championships. This made it one of the largest events that WUKF have hosted with roughly 2600 competitors taking part. With that many competitors it was a case of early starts and late nights. Despite this, and also battling brand new slippery mats, our squad stood up to the challenge and powered through to success.

Karate Wales entered in 71 categories at the tournament bringing home 17 medals, including 7 gold. Karate Wales proudly finished 14th in the medal table out of 83 countries, another fantastic achievement for our squad.

As always, a huge thanks goes to our team of coaches for their administration, support and advice during the championships. Karate Wales head coach David Godfrey, Tubbo, Hugh Gallagher, Andrew Tanaka Lewis and Barrie Rees made sure that no competitor was left on their own whilst on the mat and ran around the stadium more than the competitors! They were there first each morning and stayed until the last competitor finished each night, I’m sure all our athletes are grateful for all their efforts.

Our team of referees; Andrew Jones, Doru Grad and Tak Chan represented Karate Wales with distinction, again having early starts and long days. Well done all.

The Karate Wales equivalent of the Barmy Army, the travelling parents and supporters, maintained our ranking as the loudest team with their frequent renditions of Oggy! Oggy! Oggy!

So as another World Championships finishes, Karate Wales can reflect on some of our established athletes adding more World medals to their tally, cementing their place amongst the elite of WUKF athletes. Also, some new young talent coming into the spotlight which bodes well for the future. And several athletes competing at this level of competition for the first time who will take away some valuable experience.

Congratulations goes to the whole squad who I’m sure will have already turned their eyes towards the upcoming WUKF European Championships

in Denmark in October and we wish them all the best.

Full results:

Gold medallists:

Jacob DenhamWado kata 16-17 years

Sophia Poolekumite 7 years open weight 

Theo Poole kumite 10 years over 145cm

Morgan Harveykumite 14-15 years 65-75kg

Sasha Hugheskumite 14-15 years open weight

Lauren Gallagherkumite 18-20 years under 55kg

Gareth Rowekumite 51-60 years open weight

Silver medallists:

Owen Roekata all-styles brown-black belt 8 years

Lauren Gallagherkumite 18-20 years open weight

Connor Wills/Jac Tucker/Theo Poole kumite team boys under 11 years

Bronze medallists:

Corey Joneskata all-styles green-purple belt under 7 years

Poppy Vaughankumite 7 years open weight

Maddison Loveridgekumite 13 years over 60kg

Ffion Davieskumite 14-15 years open weight

Callum Lewiskumite 16-17 years 55-65 kg

Jacob Denhamkumite 16-17 years open weight

Cain Franciskumite senior men open weight







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