Referee Commission

Is now Roku dan JKA.
Ted was elected as Director of Technical Matters of ESKA at its inauguration in 1986.

6th Dan

Richard Poole was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 25 January 1958. As a child he travelled to Wales where he took up karate in 1974 with the Karate Union of Great Britain.

Whilst training to be a teacher at Cardiff College of Education he was first selected to represent Wales internationally at both kata and kumite. Over a period of 12 years both before and after graduation Richard enjoyed considerable success competing both nationally and internationally for Wales at numerous EAKF, EKU and ESKA championships.

Whilst pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry Richard also took on a number of leadership roles in Karate which included: 

Chairman of the KUGB in Wales (24 years)

Chairman of the Governing Body for Karate in Wales (6 years)

Chairman of the British Karate Federation (6 years).

Manager of the British All Styles Team - top competing nation in the WKF World championships in South Africa 1996.

Member - referee commission of the European Karate-do Association (ESKA) 2008 - to date

Member - referee commission World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) 20013 - to date

President of ESKA 2008 - to date.

President of the WSKA 2009 - to date.

 Richard continues to teach karate at Cambridge University and at other clubs in Wales and England

 During his election address as president of WSKA in 2009 Richard outlined his aims for the organisation. These included the desire for WSKA to continue to develop in order that more National shotokan federations can unite under the banner of a truly democratic organisation. He also expressed the desire that WSKA continue it’s pursuit of ever higher technical standards of traditional shotokan karate and that it’s championships remain a showcase for their high technical standards of karate, the fiercely competitive nature of the matches and the sportsmanship shown between members


Malcolm Dorfman Sensei, 8th Dan, captained the University of the Witwatersrand Judo team in 1966, and thereafter joined the University karate club.
Malcolm Dorfman Sensei is the assistant Chief Instructor for the Karate No Michi World Federation.

He was elected as Regional Director of WSKA in 2001.

Dan Grading Examinations:

  • 8th Dan Karate no Michi in 2000: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by a major official JKA mainline Shotokan organisation.
  • 7th Dan JKA Shotokan (Asai Group) in 1994
  • 6th Dan JKA Shotokan in 1986: Highest Dan level ever awarded to a non Japanese by M. Nakayama Shihan, the late Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association. (Shadan Hojin Nihon Karate Kyokai -- prior to the split).

Personal Karate Sporting Achievements:

  • Springbok: Member of the Springbok team for 9 years, commencing in 1970. Springbok captain in 1978. 
  • Referee: Chief Referee of South Africa for 12 years, commencing 1982. 
  • Coach: National Coach of the first ever Protea team in 1993. 
  • International Championship achievements: Winner of several international titles in a competition career that spanned 27 years (1967 to 1993) 
  • South African Sport Merit Award: 
    • Awarded in 1979 for personal achievements in 1978 
    • Awarded in 1982 for coaching achievements in 1981
  • South African All-Styles Karate: 
    • Founder member of first official non-racial all-styles karate organisation in South Africa (KASA) in 1993 
    • Awarded 8th Dan by KASA for technical contribution to the development of karate in South Africa 
    • Former official Technical Director of all-styles karate in South Africa. 
  • Status in Japan & Worldwide: 
    • Assistant World Chief Instructor of Karatenomichi World Federation. 
    • Member of the Karatenomichi World Federation ‘Saiko-Shihankai’ (Supreme Master Panel) – one of the original three members.
    • Holds the highest rank ever awarded to a non Japanese member of a JKA-Shotokan mainline association
    • Awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Japan Karate Association (JKA) in 1994.
    • Re-awarded the rank of A-class Instructor, A-class Examiner & A-class Judge by the Karatenomichi World Federation (KWF) on its inception in 1999.
    • Appointed as World Cup Supervisor at the KWF World Cup in 2002-2007
    • Appointed by the World Shotokan Karate-do Association (WSKA) as African Continent Director in 2001.

Maurizio started karate training in 1966 and from 1972 until 1982-1983 was a member of the national team selection. At the request of Sensei Myiazaki he became a referee.
From 1982-1983 until 1994-1995 h was responsible for the selection and the formation of the Belgian referees. In 2015 he was once again appointed chief referee for Belgium.
He is qualified as an international referee with the the JKA, ESKA, WSKA and ITKF and is a member of the referee commission for both ESKA and WSKA. Maurizio is roku dan JKA

Tommaso Minì (Switzerland) 6th Dan JKA   Tommaso Minì was born on 26 June 1951 in Carini, Sicily. He travelled with his family to Switzerland, where he started Karate in May 1972 with the Swiss Karate do Renmei.   In addition to his work and career in the technical industry, he took various responsibilities in karate, perceived with lots of engagement and enthusiasm.

  • Technical director of the Swiss Karate Federation several years

  • Chairman of the referee commission Swiss Karate Federation – to date

  • Member of the Shiankai commission Swiss Karate do Renmei – to date

  • Member of the technical commission Swiss Karate do Renmei – to date

  • Chairman of the technical commission Swiss Karate do Renmei – to date

  • 1984 EAKF referee Kata and Kumite

  • 1991 EKF referee

  • 1996 WKF referee

  • 2001- to date - ESKA referee and technical commission

  • 2004-2012 EKF referee commission

  • 2006-2012 WKF referee commission

  • 2005 – 2012 EKF Chairman referee commission  

  • 2013 – to date member of the WSKA referee commission 

Tommaso's passion and commitment to karate is still huge, his dream is to unite traditional Ippon Shobu karate. The ESKA + WSKA organisation are open to all the national Shotokan karate federation, he supports both organizations with a lot of enthusiasm and commitment.