• Kumite Squad Selections - Pargue 2022 Nov 28sunday 28th November, Kaizen Dojo, 1pm to 3pm. Not an open session.

  • Kata Squad Training - Pargue 2022 Nov 28sunday 28th November, Kaizen Dojo, 11am to 1pm. This training is for Cadet and Junior athletes only who have submitted their name for selection for the Junior EKF's in Prague 2022. This is not an open session.

  • E-Learning Portal - Launch of 2 new courses Nov 23Table Official Basics and Referee and Judging Basics courses now available on our online E-Learning Portal. Cost is €10 per course. e-learning

  • WKF Senior Championships Dubai Nov 16th to 19thWFF Senior Championships. Good luck to our senior squad attending the world championships in Dubai.

  • 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 and Itosu-Kai involved in all aspects of student development, from recreational to athlete at national and international level.

  • 2022 AGM

    AGM Sunday 16th January 2022, 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, Mark Sheridan, Michael O Brien, Simon O Dowd, Derek O Mahoney

    Stephen Murray, Declan Houston, Noel Kavanagh, Jimmy Harte

    National Kumite Coaches : Paul Brennan (Ladies), Mark Sheridan (Mens), John Connolly (Junior), Eamon Pegley (Assistant), Ronan Flynn (Junior Squad Assistant), Rodolfo Rodriguez (Junior Squad Assistant)
    Leinster : Vjekoslav Novak
    Munster : Stephen O'Callaghan
    Ulster : Simon O'Dowd

    National Kata Coaches : Brendan Perry, Marie Dolphin, Derek Kealy
    Leinster : Francisco Astudillo
    Munster : Clare Harte
    Connaught : Karen Dolphin
    Ulster : Siobhan Leckey

  • 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