Sensei Damien Mc Laughlin 8th Dan is the SKU Chief Referee.  He is also a World Union Of Karate Do Federations (WUKF) world level referee.


The SKU hold two referees / know the rules courses per year where members can learn the rules and skills needed to become an SKU referee, judge or table official.  The courses are open to members aged 12 years and above of grade 4th Kyu and above.

Read or download a copy of the referees rulebook


To contact Sensei Mc Laughlin e-mail:

The next Referee's / Know the rules course date is 17th September 2017 at the:

Rochdale Warriors Karate Club

Trafalgar Street


OL16 2DR

To attend the course you must apply in advance.  Closing date for applications is Friday 8th September 2017

To apply and pay by post print off an application form

To Pay by debit/credit card or Paypal and apply online use the form below

Course information

The 3 hour course is open to anyone 12 yrs+ who would like to come along and get to know the competition rules.  Those on the course to be given an input on the competition rules using theory and practical elements

The course is aimed at various types of attendees

> SKU members and Non members (parents relatives etc of SKU members) who would like to know a bit more about Karate competitions, they will be shown basics & given the opportunity to clarify points

> Table Officials

We are aiming at encouraging volunteers to assist us at our competitions as table officials are an important part of the team of officials

>Junior & Senior Refereeing scheme

The scheme is aimed at SKU members 12yrs+ and a minimum grade of PURPLE BELT  It provides them with an introduction to officiating in Karate.  The scheme will introduce those involved to the practical side of SKU competition rules and application (see guidelines)

> Students grading

Students 18yrs+ taking 1st 2nd or 3rd Dan will need to attend & pass a simple knowledge check

Course Information

1.  Minimum age for the course & the Junior Refereeing scheme is 12 years

2.  For those taking part in the Referee scheme the minimum grade is 4th Kyu (Purple belt)

3.  Course duration is 3 hours

4.  Karate Gi's will be required by SKU members attending

5.  Those grading or taking part in the scheme must have a copy of the SKU rules

6.  SKU members: the initial course cost is £25 and further courses attended are FREE

7.  Non-SKU members:  there will be a charge of £25 each time they attend