New Knockdown Referee Courses - a must attend for all BKK Referees and Judges

Two Knockdown Referee Courses have been announced to review knockdown rules within the BKK to incorporate Adult, Veterans, Cadets and Junior Kyokushin rules. The courses are in preparation for the Welsh Open Tournament 11th May 2019 and the British Open – Cup of Europe at K2, Crawley, Saturday 5th October 2019.

Any qualified or non-qualified Referee/ Judge wishing to be considered to officiate at either event must attend these courses.

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Course One (30th March ‘19): [THEORY] will involve in-depth analysis of rules to ensure referees and judges are able to sit and pass the examination.

LOCATION : Dourdan Pavilion, The Causeway, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 2AA

Course Two (14th April ‘19): [PRACTICAL AND EXAM] practical application of refereeing, followed by an examination for all participants, whether qualified or non-qualified referee/ judge. A new examination has been developed to incorporate Adult, Veterans, Cadets and Junior Kyokushin rules.

LOCATION: Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, 47 Stortford Rd, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG

Please email or call (+4479740 94925) Shihan Andrew Turner to register your attendance.

Zahari Damyanov UK seminar #timetobeunited

On the 23rd February 2019, Sensei Zahari Damyanov, the current absolute World Champion was in London to lead an open seminar hosted by the BKK’s Sensei Hristo Lyubenov at his Ichi Geki dojo in Bounds Green, alongside BKK Chairman and IFK Secretary General, Shihan Liam Keaveney.


The seminar was attended by a number of Kyokushin groups (BKK, IFK, Kyokushin-kan, Shinkyokushin,IKO1, KWU, EMAR) all with a common goal of knowledge sharing, developing Kyokushinkai, and building strong friendships old and new.

(L-R) Shihan Liam Keaveney, Sensei Zahari Damyanov, Sensei Hristo Lyubenov

(L-R) Shihan Liam Keaveney, Sensei Zahari Damyanov, Sensei Hristo Lyubenov

Sensei Zarahi Damyanov with BKK National Coaches Sensei Kenny Jarvis, and Sensei Wai Cheung

Sensei Zarahi Damyanov with BKK National Coaches Sensei Kenny Jarvis, and Sensei Wai Cheung

#timetobeunited #kyokushinkai #karate #osu

National Kata course with Sensei Darren Stringer

A good turn out at the kata course today with Sensei Darren Stringer. Thanks to Shihan Alan and Shihan Janine for their help today. We hope everyone enjoyed the course and the bunkai application aspect.

Thanks to all those who made the journey. See you all soon.


Junior and Cadet National Training Session

An excellent turnout for the National Training Session held on Sunday 12th March at Westminster Lodge Sports Centre, St. Albans. Almost 50 students attended this monthly event run by GB Junior Coach Sensei Tony White. Guest instructor this month was Shihan Liam Keaveney 7th Dan and assistant junior instructors were Sensei Sunil Tailor and Sensei Mike Charsley.

For the first time, seniors were invited to train with the under 18’s, and the atmosphere and teamwork in the dojo was amazing. The juniors were inspired by the focus and power of the seniors, and the seniors were pushed to work even harder by the fitness and determination of the juniors.

Students had travelled many miles from dojos all over England, including Oldham, Loughborough, Verwood, Crawley, Dunmow, Crystal Palace, Docklands, Folkestone, Gravesend, Saffron Walden, Melton Mowbray, Kokoro and Eastbourne.   

Shihan Keaveney put everyone though their paces with a challenging Kihon and traditional Kyokushin karate session, which was followed by some excellent clicker coaching with Sensei Tailor. Sensei Tony worked with the cadets and seniors on knockdown combinations and a tough pad workout.

The BKK National Training Sessions take place every month and all are welcome to attend. No need to pre-register - just turn up to train.

For more information about the National Training Sessions, contact Sensei Tony White

An informative Black Belt course held with Shihan Liam

The 3rd of July saw black belts from across the BKK visit Kokoro Dojo to attend a Black Belt course with Shihan Liam Keaveney.

Some participants used the course as a pre-cursor to the National Grading to be held at this year's British Summer Camp.  Areas covered on the course included finer points of kihon and kata, and focus on bunkai.

Many thanks to those that attended.  Good luck to those looking to take their gradings later this year.

Black belts from across the BKK at Kokoro Dojo for the Black Belt Course.

Referee and judges course held with Shihan Alex Kerrigan

BKK Referee & Judges Course was held on 25th June with Shihan Alex Kerrigan for those looking to learn or to refresh their knowledgefor Knockdown.

Courses held each within the BKK to allow current referees to refresh themselves prior to our major tournaments in the second half of the year, and for new hopefuls looking to gain qualifications as they look to attempt high-grade gradings, or simply more experience as tehy begin their judging and refereeing careers.

BKK at the Combat and Strength Show, O2 London - July 2016

The BKK will be showcasing at the Combat and Strength Show (SENI 2016) on the 16th and 17th July, amongst a number of other styles, organisations and martial arts.

The BKK Schedule for SENI Saturday 16th July 2016

10:00-11:15 Knockdown (Men & Women’s L/W)
11:15-12:15 Junior High Grade Clicker (Boys/Girls)
12:15-13:30 Knockdown (Men & Women’s L/W inc finals)
13:30-14:45 Kata Challenge Adult & Junior High Grades
14:45-16:00 Knockdown (Men’s M/W, H/W, Women’s H/W)
16:00-17:00 Advanced Clicker (Men & Women’s) Open
17:00-19.00 Knockdown (Men’s M/W, H/W, Women’s H/W inc finals)
Trophy Cermony.

Weigh-in will be between 6pm and 8.30pm on Friday 15th inside the 02 Arena at the Brooklyn Bowl.

BKK Schedule for SENI Sunday 17th July 2016

10AM-11:15AM - Junior Clicker training seminar
11:15AM-12:30PM - Kata training seminar
2:3PM0-13:45PM - Knockdown training seminar

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