The last few months seem to have been eventful to say the least in the world of English karate and it has been interesting to be able to read the e-mails with the views of the ordinary members and for the first time in my life I am writing in to a web site to add my own.
The only place, sadly, that appears to publish letters seems to be this site at EKA, it would be nice if the EKF (or KE for that matter), were this open and allowed such honest opinion without fear of repercussion, perhaps with the new directors this may turn out to be the case.
Over the past couple of months I have read and heard of the AGM. Of an EGM which came close to farcical. We have a new Board with some new faces and some recycled ones. We have seen the departure of some high profile directors including a resignation(?). We have had the resignation of EKF staff, one of them voicing an opinion on this web site. We have a continued row over the Charity Competition, with the squad members receiving a warning from the National Coach they will loose their places should they attend this event (no "fear or favour" there then). We have multiple breaches of the 21.9 rule by various members including the National Coach, the Competition Organiser and the Former Vice President who felt the need to resign over this, obviously rightly so. We have numerous accusations of double standards with evidence provided, what a few months it has been.
Then last week the EKF web site publishes some information, which of these major stories did they deal with, you have guessed right none of the above.
The big story is we had a friendly competition in France (and lost unfortunately) and the party, (probably the right choice of word) which included for some reason former directors (the one that resigned for breaking 21.9), sightseeing and stuffing themselves with "spectacular", "fantastic" and "gargantuan meals". It must be paradise living in EKF world, everything in the garden is rosy.
It's interesting but understandable this posting on the EKF site was done anonymously, most people would be ashamed to put their name to this
Yours in karate,
(if it's OK with EKF it should be OK with you)