What started with a few kids fascinated with the movie exploits of high kicking legends such as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris has developed into a federation boasting world champions.
The Ulster Karate-Do Federation was born in 1983 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in some style this year with members claiming an impressive medals haul in a recent world championship event in Romania.
Fittingly, 2013 is proving to be the most successful year internationally in the organisation’s history - something UKF head coach, Sensei Shawn Barron, says is a “culmination of many years of hard work by members”.
“We’re rubbing shoulders with the best in the world. As my UKF colleague Denis Donaghey says ‘the more we train, the luckier we’re getting’. The years of experience and hard work are paying off for us now and it’s great to see.”