O.N.A.K.A.I is Irelands largest all style national karate organisation, and was established in 1978 by the coming together of the three main styles then practiced in Ireland, Shotokan, Wado and Kenpo, for the principal purpose of producing a fully representational national squad for international competition and also to coordinate, regulate and promote all karate activities within the 32 counties of Ireland.
A constitution was drafted and approved which protected the interests of all Irish karate practitioners, and which provided for the development of the highest standards in the sport and traditional art of karate.
Since its establishment O.N.A.K.A.I. has been the only Irish karate body to be recognised by the European Karate Federation (EKF) , and the World Karate Federation (WKF), which is a member of the International Olympic Council (IOC). Both the EKF and WKF are the largest and longest established European and World all style Karate organisations and host the highest level of Karate competitions in the world.
In 2002 O.N.A.K.A.I. was granted full recognition by the then Irish Sports Council, now Sport Ireland, as the National Governing Body (NGB) for Karate in Ireland. In 2018, O.N.A.K.A.I. was accepted as a member of the Olympic Council of Ireland.
Karate Ireland OFFICERS
President : Chris Kelly
Chairman: Paul Brennan
Secretary : Martin Clynch
Treasurer : Ruth Smyth
PRO : Masa Maye
Garda Vetting Officer : Mary Meehan
National Childrens Officer : Toni Knowles
Board Members: Brendan Perry
Chief Referee: Stephen Murray
Coach Tutors : Stephen Murray
Stephen Murray, Declan Houston, Noel Kavanagh, Jimmy Harte, Vjekoslav Novak
Head Coach : Paul Brennan
National Male Kumite Coach : Mark Sheridan
National Female Kumite Coach : Paul Brennan
National Kata coach : Marie Dolphin
National Junior Coach : John Connolly
Inclusion and Disability Officer : Brian Carroll
Kumite - Ruth Smyth, Eamonn Pegley, Ronan Flynn, Brendan Perry (Assistant Junior Kumite coach)
Kata - Karen Dolphin
Kata : Leinster - Dermot O Keeffe and Derek Kealy, Connaught - Karen Dolphin
Kumite : Munster - Stephen O Callaghan, Ulster - Simon O Dowd, Leinster - Brendan Perry, Ruth Smyth (assistant)