Related Organizations

jkflogoThe Japan Karate Federation was established in 1964 to organize Japanese Karatedo for the first time. Since that time, the JKF has increased overall recognition of Karatedo by joining the Japan Amateur Sports Association and the National Athletic Meet. The introduction of contest organizations and rules has, likewise, led to the development of Karatedo. The JKF has contributed in a variety of other ways to society in general.

Support,Sponsorship and Organization of Various Championships
The All Japan Karatedo Championships, was first held in 1969. This championship is currently held every year in December in order to determine the top Karate practitioners in Japan.  Practitioners from all over Japan train daily aiming at the participation in this tournament. In addition to the above, the JKF sponsors and supports to a wide variety of other activities.

Testing, Management and Organization of Technical Grading
The JKF is involved in the testing, management and organization of standards applied in the testing of officials, instructors, and practitioners.  Grading and seminar sessions are frequently organized in order to improve techniques of participants.

Organization of National Teams to Train Members
Promising practitioners are selected from all over Japan for special intensive training sessions held frequently in order to improve the overall level of competitive skills.  National international competitions.

Support and Management of Membership
The JKF manages the domestic Japanese Karatedo world representing Japan while consolidating individual Karate practitioners into a single organization. JKF members are able to serve in an official capacity domestically as participants in competitions and as graded practitioners.

wado-kai-logoWado kai (和道会 Wadō kai) is the name of the organization within the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) which practices the Wadoryu style of karate. According to Ishizuka Akira, a veteran figure in the Japanese karate world, the term “Wado Kai” was in general use as early as the 1940s, but it was only in 1967 that the name was adopted formally. Prior to this the group was known as the “Zen Nihon Karate-do Renmei”. With the formation of the Federation of All Japan Karatedo Organization (FAJKO, later changed to JKF) in the mid 60’s, it was no longer correct to use this name so Wadokai came into formal use.

The Wadokai has some superb technicians. In Japan these include Arakawa Toru (9th Dan JKF), Hakoishi Katsumi, Takagi Hideho, Maeda Toshiaki, Murase Hisao and Nishimura Seiji to name a few. Both Europe and Pan America have several Japanese instructors who have promoted this vision of karate.

The term Wadokai can be broken into three parts: Wa, do and kai. Wa can be read to mean ‘harmony’. It can also be read to mean “original Japan”, as in Wafu (Japanese style), Washoku (Japanese food). it is therefore also a clever pun that could be taken to mean both “harmony” and “intrinsically Japanese”. Do is a Japanese term for ‘way’ (as in karate-do). So Wado means ‘the way of (Japanese) harmony’. Kai simply means ‘association’.

Wado Kai Executives

President Yoshito Kondo
Vice President Akira Ishizuka
Standing Adviser Kazuo Tanizawa Katsumi Hakoishi Kimihiro Umino
(of the Board of Directors)
Mizuho Ashihara
Standing Director Kiyoharu Tanaka Yoshinori Matsui Yuzaburo Terashima
Executive Director Noboru Iguchi Yasuo Ito Yasuo Ito
Tsutomu Kusaka Masato Kitagawa Seiji Kondo
Kouki Sato Hiroshi Shibata Yasuo Shimizu
Nobukazu Sogabe Takatomi Taura Hideho Takagi
Toshinori Teramoto Minoru Numata Toshiaki Maeda
Hideya Maki Hisao Murase Shunsuke Yanagida
Hisashi Yamada
Senior Director Soichiro Asuka Takamasa Arakawa Takao Ubukata
Masatoshi Ishizaki Hiroshi Iwasawa Tetsuo Egashira
Masafumi Ebie Seijiro Obata Keiji Katsube
Tsutomu Kobayashi Naoyuki Koyama Kiyomi Sasaki
Takeshi Sano Chiaki Shimamoto Eiji Takigawa
Masatoshi Tsuruta Mitsuki Motoi Tsuyoshi Morishita
Tetsuji Ryu
Supervisor Noriyuki Takase
Director of Secretariat Koichi Shimura
Vice Director of Secretariat Shigeru Kato

Wado Kai Technical Department

Technical adviser Toru Arakawa Katsumi Hakoishi Tsutomu Kusaka
Takashi Sasaki Kouki Sato
Headquarters’ Director Hideho Takagi
Vice Director Masato Kitagawa Hideya Maki
Director, Coaching Department Toshiaki Maeda
Director, Manual Department Takatomi Taura
Director, Referee & Judgement Department Shunsuke Yanagida
Director, International Department Hideya Maki
Director, Examination & qualification department Tsuyoshi Morishita
Director, Dan & degree department Masato Kitagawa
Director, Guidance department Chiaki Shimamoto
Members Soichiro Asuka Yasuo Ito Masafumi Ebie
Masatoshi Ishizaki Toyokazu Kuzuya Toshinori Teramoto
Nobukazu Sogabe Yuzaburo Terashima Hisao Murase
Office Manager Takeshi Ichimura
Office Assistant Manager Tamaki Sonoda

Karate_Canada_RGB_smallKarate Canada is a corporation constituted under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes and promotes the interests of karate throughout Canada.

pkflogoPUKO was founded on October 1, 1975.  The founding countries were Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA and Venezuela.  The Congress approved the organization of the first Pan-American Championship in Curacao.

It was during the Pan-American Championship of 1995 in Medellín that the new Statutes of the PUKO were approved and at the same time change the name of the organization was changed to Panamerican Karate Federation (P.K.F.).

“World Karate Federation”]


The World Karate Federation, or WKF, was formed in 1990 from former WUKO (World Union of Karate-Do Organizations) members and is the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 130 member countries.
It is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members.  The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year.