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The Welsh Karate Union’s aim is to promote the sound physical and mental development of its members through the study of Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do but also with a modern and realistic approach. The Association was formed in 1995 by sensei Paul Watson 7th Dan, who is one of Wales' most respected and experienced instructors.

When forming the W.K.U. sensei Watson felt that there needed to be an environment that would allow both himself and every participating individual to personally evolve their knowledge and awareness for Shotokan Karate-Do. The W.K.U. is recognised as having one of the highest standards of karate in Wales.

The association has, and is still growing at a controlled rate ensuring the continued quality of instruction based on developing each individual and supported by an extremely experienced team of Senior Instructors. 

The W.K.U. offers something for everyone and aims to fulfil their needs.

The W.K.U has a continuous coaching and education development programme to ensure our instructors remain to be among the highest qualified instructors in Wales.


I have spoken to Sensei Hazard and with regret we have agreed that due to the coronavirus situation it is in everyone's best interest that the scheduled course be cancelled. I assume many of you guessed this was going to be the case.

I and Sensei Hazard give our apologies, we are sure you will all understand.

We will reschedule the course once things get back to some sort of normality.

Yours in the true spirit of karate,




A WKU Course and Dan grading was held on 19th October. The course was attended by most of our senior grades to support those who underwent the Dan grading.

Those who passed their grading showed true karate spirit of an excellent standard.

Gareth Chappell, Ffion Gallagher 1st Dan and Kirsty Stuart attaining her 3rd Dan.



WKU Win World Medals 

Three members of the Welsh Karate Union were part of a highly successful Karate Wales squad which competed in the 8th World Union of Karate-do Federations World Championships held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The tournament was held from the 20th to 23rd of June and was one of the largest events that WUKF have hosted with roughly 2600 competitors taking part.

Lauren Gallagher, Gareth Rowe and Ffion Davies brought home four medals between them with Lauren and Gareth being crowned World Champions!

Lauren won gold in the 18-20 years under 55kg kumite category, scoring her winning two points with an exceptional Ura-mawash to take the title. Gareth won gold in the 51-60 years open weight kumite. The medal haul was further boosted by Lauren also winning silver in the 18-20 years open weight kumite and Ffion taking a bronze in the 14-15 years open weight kumite. A note here, Ffion and the eventual winner Sasha Hughes (Wattstown) were the stand-out fighters in this category. Unfortunately they met in the semi-finals with Sasha narrowly winning out what would have been a great final.

All of our competitors were superbly supported by Hugh 'Supercoach' Gallagher who guided them through their events.

The Karate Wales squad came home with 17 medals in total, including seven golds, and finished a very creditable 14th in the medal table out of 83 countries. 

 Gareth PodiumLaren PodiumFfion and Sasha





Congratulations to Simon Dodd on attaining his 4th Dan and John Hallett and Matthew Lloyd their 5th Dans.

Simon has trained and hardly missed a session in twenty years and thoroughly deserves the rank for his dedication and high proficiency in karate. Simon has won many awards whilst competing and is probably the WKU's most knowledgable instructor.

John has practiced for nearly 40 years despite having some serious injuries and physical problems which would have ended most individuals karate yet he never mentions or complains about it.

Matthew started at the age of 8 which makes his participation for over 35 years.

John and Matthew have won numerous Kumite and Kata titles and still compete in senior and veteran categories at major tournaments, they too have reached the extremely high standard required by the WKU which is among the top associations in Wales.






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