• Sean McCarthy captures Olympic Bronze October Massive shout out to Sean McCarthy pictured here with Karate Ireland ONAKAI president Chris Kelly who is taking home a bronze medal from the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Read More

  • WKF Senior Championships November Well done to all our athletes who attended the World Championships in Madrid. Click on the link for our Executive Statement. Statement

  • EKF Junior Championships February 8-10 Athletes wishing to be considered to complete in Aalborg, Denmark please contact John Connolly at jconnolly9@icloud.com Bulletin

  • Karate ireland onakai AGM January 13The Annual General Meeting of Karate Ireland O.N.A.K.A.I. Will take place on Sunday 13th January 2019, At 14:00, In the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. Contact Martin Clynch for more details at info@onakai.ie Notice

  • WELCOME O.N.A.K.A.I.

    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


    REFEREE COMMISSION

    Stephen Murray, Declan Houston, Noel Kavanagh, Jimmy Harte, Vjekoslav Novak


    NATIONAL COACHES

    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



    ASSISTANT COACHES

    Kumite - Ruth Smyth, Eamonn Pegley, Ronan Flynn, Brendan Perry (Assistant Junior Kumite coach)

    Kata - Karen Dolphin



    REGIONAL COACHES

    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)


  • Members of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI)
  • Access to Olympic qualifiers for Tokyo 2020
  • Members of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and the European Karate Federation (EKF)
  • Access to EKF competition circuit and coaching/refereeing examinations
  • Access to WKF competition circuit and coaching/refereeing examinations
  • Access to Irelands National Karate Squad
  • Junior and Senior Kata and Kumite competition
  • National Karate tournaments for Juniors and Seniors
  • Regional National Karate League for Juniors
  • Regular seminars and courses with internationally recognised Karateka and Coaches
  • Referee and Judges training and certification
  • Coach Certification - Introduction to Coaching Level 1
  • Access to Garda Vetting
  • Karate Ireland Student Licence
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