• Senior Kumite Championships April 21stSunday April 21st, Tallaght Leisure Centre, Dublin.Register

  • Women in Karate March 3rdWe are excited to continue with our WIS "In conversation and training " series with Sandy Scordo. Free to members.Register

  • Women in Karate March 2ndOur 2nd Women in Karate Conference will be held on the 2nd March 2024 at Radisson Blu Athlone.Register

  • safeguarding 1 & 2 for members January / FebruaryWe are running a number of in-house courses to facilitate clubs in ensuring their instructor, child officer and volunteer safeguarding is valid.Register

  • WELCOME to 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 Federation of Ireland.

    Mission Statement

    We are longest established All-Style National Karate Organisation in Ireland, founded in 1978 as an All-Ireland governing body solely dedicated to karate with the aim of co-coordinating, developing, regulating and promoting karate on national and international scene. Recognised by the Sport Ireland, EKF and WKF and other international Karate Organisations, our membership includes Clubs and Associations practicing Kenpo, Shotokan, Wado, Kyokushinkai, Itosu Ryu and Shito Ryu involved in all aspects of student development, from recreational to athlete at national and international level.

  • 2022 AGM

    AGM Sunday 14th January 2024, 2:30pm, Venue TBC.


    President : Chris Kelly

    Secretary : Martin Clynch

    Treasurer : Masa Maye

    National Childrens Officer : Victoria Hockings

    Registrar : Conor Clynch

    Public Relations : Masa Maye

    Board Members: Chris Kelly, Martin Clynch, Masa Maye, Victoria Hockings, Derek Kealy, Paul Brennan, Conor Clynch, Simon O Dowd, Jackie Gray and Carol Duffy

    Director of Refereeing: Billy Brennan
    Chief Referee: Noel Kavanagh
    Referee Secretary: Jackie Gray

    Tony Kelly

    Head Coach: Paul Brennan
    National Development Officer: John Connolly

    National Junior Coach: Brendan Perry
    National Senior Coach: Derek Kealy, Marie Dolphin
    Leinster Region Coach: Francisco Astudillo
    Assistant Coach: Ray Stritch, John Hannaway

    National Junior Coach: Mark Sheridan, Rodolfo Rodriguez
    National Senior Coach: Eamon Pegley, Stephen O'Callaghan
    Munster Region Coach: Stephen O'Callaghan
    Ulster Region Coach: Simon O'Dowd
    Connaught Region Coach: Aaron McLoughlin
    Leinster Region Coach: Tony Kelly
    Assistant Coach: Dermot McFeely, Lauren Duffy

    David Royle & Dave Gully

    Masa Maye, Marie Dolphin, Keri Gaffney

    Dermot McFeely & Anne McGinn

    Eoin Wallace & Sorcha Wallace

  • Insurance Policy available for affiliate clubs
  • Members of the Olympic Federation 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
  • 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


      Please read the Affiliate Club Requirements.

      1. The registered Club Instructor must have a Dan grade in traditional karate
      2. This Dan grade must be awarded by a bona fide organisation *
      3. The traditional style of karate must be recognised by O.N.A.K.A.I. *
      4. Verifiable documentation is required to support the qualification
      5. All clubs must register with the National Vetting Bureau to obtain an affiliate registration number
      6. Instructors & Assistant Instructors must be Garda vetted
      7. Instructors & Assistant Instructors must complete the Safeguarding 1 workshop
      8. Instructors & Assistant Instructors must complete a Sport 1st Aid Course
      9. Clubs must have their own active insurance policy that is fit for purpose or join the O.N.A.K.A.I. club insurance policy scheme.
      10. Clubs with members under 18 years of age must appoint a Club Children's Officer
      11. This Club Children's Officer must complete the Safeguarding 2 workshop
      12. Clubs must have a minimum of 10 members
      13. Clubs must carry out a Safeguarding Risk Assessment
      14. Clubs must have a Safeguarding statement
      15. Clubs must agree to attain all coaching qualifications as required by O.N.A.K.A.I.
      16. Clubs must comply with governance codes as set out by O.N.A.K.A.I.
      17. Clubs must agree to abide by the constitution of O.N.A.K.A.I.
      18. Instructors may be required to demonstrate their proficiency in the art of karate
      19. Instructors may be required to undergo an assessment by the O.N.A.K.A.I. Technical committee.
      20. Instructors may be required to submit their teaching syllabus

      In order to comply with regulation and to provide protection to all our members, all clubs that apply to become an affiliate of O.N.A.K.A.I. must meet our clearly defined basic set of criteria. This membership process is essential to uphold and maintain the highest standards possible in our sport. All club applications will be considered by The Executive Committee of O.N.A.K.A.I. and assessed using the above criteria.

      *The decision in relation to the bona fides of Dan grades and the recognition of styles will be made by the Executive Committee of O.N.A.K.A.I.

      For more info email info@onakai.ie