Who are we?


Our Family

Karate Alba Federation (KAF) is a non-profit organisation based in Inverness which promotes Karate youth development in Traditional and Sport Karate and aims to provide high standards and affordable sporting opportunities in the community.

Founded in 2008 by Dolina Ross, KAF has a record of providing an inclusive organisation for the development of children and young adults regardless of ability or social disadvantage. We encourage all our students to strive for excellence - to 'be the best that they can be'.

Dolina is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Lewis, and the name 'Karate Alba' was chosen due to her Gaelic roots - Alba is Gaelic for Scotland.

Our Training

Karate Alba provides training opportunities suitable for all ages and abilities in both Traditional Shotokan and Sport (WKF) Karate.


The majority of our clubs are focused on coaching children and young adults in after-school classes, however we encourage experienced and novice adults alike to join our evening classes!

Check out our Clubs & Classes page for more info.

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Our Coaches

Dolina Ross, 5th Dan, has practised Shotokan Karate for over 40 years, training under numerous Japanese and European instructors in that time.  As a 12-time Scottish and 4-time British Kata champion in individual and team events she has also represented Scotland at many European Championships, and Great Britain at the Cairo 1988 and Mexico 1990 World Championships.

Sophie Howarth, 3rd Dan, has been a part of the Karate Alba Family from the very beginning, having trained with Dolina previously at HKA. Sophie has been an exemplary role-model for young competitors over the years, and now works hard to share her experience with them directly as a coach at KAF.


COVID-19 Arrangements

Karate Alba continues to offer a full schedule of training opportunities both online and in the dojo.


In-person training has resumed six days a week, while online classes continue to run twice a week via the platform ZOOM.

If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with Dolina or Sophie.

Dolina Ross:


Sophie Howarth:


Wishaw GP Group Photo (Angle)
Aidin and Sophie demo
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Black belt grading June 2017
Group Photo 2
Karate Alba 2017 Kumite Squad
Scottish Champs Group
KAF Comp
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Contact Us

Dolina Ross


Sophie Howarth


Karate Alba Facebook Group - for current students and parents only
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