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Karate Unifiction 'AGAIN' by Martyn Skipper
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 09:43
Dear Ed
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Martyn

Karate Unifiction 'AGAIN'

I’m blogging again.
Naturally, that means English Karate Unification is once again back on the agenda.
Once again the impending prospect of unification makes me happy. Once again the stick-in-the-mud obstinacy of an obstructive old guard makes me despondent.
I have been involved to varying degrees with previous failed attempts to unify. The realist at this point would say; “Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before. History proves this is a lost cause. Leave them all to it.”
Unfortunately, I am an optimist who dearly wants to see karate administered professionally, and believes and hopes that karate can be brought together under the single banner of a common cause - to manage and promote this fine and noble pursuit of ours to the benefit of its practitioners and the wider public.
This time around four bodies were invited by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA- formerly the CCPR) to join talks: Karate England, whose lead members include the KUGB and Shikon; FEKO, a long standing federation with many august officers from both traditional and sporting traditions; the AMA (to which my club is affiliated) a multi-style large and disparate group of karateka; and the WKF-mandated English Karate Federation.
Three of the four groups have announced on their websites the establishment of the umbrella body to be called the ”English Karate Council”. (As an aside the name is not a new one- indeed I competed in the EKC National Championships at Crystal Palace in the late eighties, when the EKC rivalled the English Karate Board for NGB status.) The fourth body, EKF however has withdrawn from the talks, and no statement appears on their website.
In an instance of déjà vu it seems that WKF statute 21.9 is to be blamed; “because the EKF now consider that their participation in the new body would result in the withdrawal of the WKF mandate and this result was not acceptable to the EKF Board”. I choose my words carefully because I truly believe this to be a lame excuse by certain members of the EKF board. They claim that the WKF’s statutory ban on “sporting relations” with “dissenting groups” would be compromised.

Firstly, however draconian an “old boys’ club” the WKF board might be I do not believe that there cannot be found a statutorily acceptable arrangement by which the WKF representative could also be represented on the National Governing Body. Indeed a number of commentators have already suggested possible solutions to that conundrum. Furthermore it is my understanding that such arrangements already exist in other WKF member countries, where some members openly compete in WUKF, WUKO, and WKF tournaments, with either the overt, or at least tacit consent of the WKF. Secondly, as a former EKF member, I can vouchsafe the fact that there are members within the EKF who would welcome recognition by Sport England (not least for the funding opportunities recognition might bring). I cannot believe that the full EKF membership has been consulted on their boards decision to refuse to join the party.

I take some comfort from the EKC statement that; “the door is always open for them to rejoin at any time”, and urge the EKF board to reconsider. Not all English karateka wish to compete, but all English karateka deserve the dignity of recognition and support of the national sporting Governing Body.

By Martyn Skipper

 
EKC New Web address
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:02

The new governing body for Karate in England the English Karate Council, have a temporary holding page. www.englishkaratecouncil.com

 

 
'EKF Latest News' Numbers Make Prizes
Monday, 30 January 2012 17:16

Dear Ed

Please post this email, Thank you.

I've noticed that the latest news on the EKF web site is that of a prize draw for it's members via their membership ticket. 'Numbers makes prizes' comes to mind.

It's sad to see that this is what the EKF board deem as their latest news. Nothing about Karate Unification, which I would have thought all the EKF members would want to know about. Especially the EKF's boards reasons for pulling away from the unification process.

I've read Gary Swifts letter and agree with him, not enough is being done by the current EKF board to address the issue's he's raised.

I was in the meetings regarding Karate Unification. I think you could have picked anyone from the EKF membership, other than those that attended and they would have agreed with what was put forward to them by Tim Lamb of the S+RA.

As the EKC statement says the door is open for the EKF to join. I really do hope the EKF reconsider and be part of a new open transparent Governing Body.

Kind regards

Peter Allen 7th Dan

USKA Chief Instructor

 
Replies to Karate Unification - GS
Monday, 30 January 2012 09:07

Dear Ed,

Correct me if I’m wrong. The EKF's position on this, so I am led to believe, is that the EKF do not wish to have 'sporting relations' with anything considered dissenting to the WKF (such as the WKC, WUKF, WUKO, etc.). However, my first impression was that I felt they 'could' join the umbrella group, EKC, as it is not itself a member of any World Governing Body. Additionally, as long as they don't have 'sporting relations' with other EKC members, who are part of what they consider are dissenting World Governing Bodies, they could just as easily 'bumble along' as usual competing amongst themselves. That way the EKF would/could be part of the whole 'English Karate' thing and reap the rewards of helping to unify ALL karate in England; and of course, with the added benefits of the possibility of financial aid opportunities, etc. Hopefully the EKF may be able to present some sort of a case to the WKF, highlighting this (that the EKC are neutral), as the general consensus in England is of all-styles karate unification, it would be a shame to throw it all away over a ‘technicality’ that can be solved simply, wouldn’t it?

GE Swift.


Gary E Swift 7th Dan Kyoshi
President & Chief Instructor
British Wadokai Karate

 
'New Karate Governing Body' - 'EKC'
Sunday, 29 January 2012 09:05

Dear All

At last 3 groups have seen the light and formed a 'New Governing Body for Karate'

Hopefully now English Karate will get back to some normality.

Read the attached statement which has been released by the English Karate Council. I'm sure you will have your own views on the EKF's reasons behind not wanting to be part of the New Governing Body.

If you wish to post them, then please send them to me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Regards

Ed

Attachments:
Download this file (Formation of the English Karate Council. Statement.pdf)English Karate Councils-Statement-Jan-2012[ ]30 Kb29/01/12 09:36
 
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