The BCKA is a member of England's Governing Body for World Karate Federation (WKF) Karate, the English Karate Federation (EKF). It is the WKF that has secured Karate as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and it is a privelege to be part of one of the largest and most progressive Karate organisations in the UK. All club students who are members of the BCKA are also registered with the EKF.

In July 2016 our Chief Instructor Peter Consterdine was elected to the Board of the EKF to the post of Vice President.

For those clubs that are north of the border they are members of the BCKA Scotland, our sister Association which is itself a members of the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB), As with the EKF, the SKGB is the home nation representative for WKF in Scotland.

These governing bodies - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are, themselves, members of the British Karate Federation (BKF), the country's oldest Karate organisation which is a member of the European Karate Federation (EKF), the European member of the WKF. It may seem a bit convoluted, but it all works well and provides a seamless route for entry, on the sporting side of Karate, to a wide range of approved competitions, be they of a World, Eurpoean, Country or Grand Prix level of events. Students, as members of the EKF and SKGB, have access to Regional and National Squad training and selection for both Kumite and Kata.

BCKA Scotland

Our Scottish Chairman and Chief Coach is Craig Penman 5th Dan Shukokai. 

Craig is a former Scottish and British Champion and Scottish Team Member. To find out more about BCKA Scotland membership contact........


As with the BCA, we try and keep the membership simple and, essentially, this centers around club membership. A club coming into membership in either Association costs just £50 registration fee. This includes the individual membership of the Senior Instructor, including his/her EKF/SKGB membership fee.

Student membership is £16 for those over 15 years and £13 for those under 15. To this is added the EKF or SKGB membership fee of £3 and that's it! The student fee also includes their individual personal accident and liability insurance (for details see the Insurance page in the section below).

All students receive their BCKA/BCKA Scotland Grading & Record book and Licence slip, confirming both their Association membership and insurance and governing body membership.



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