The 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 (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
|Vice President||Akira Ishizuka|
|Standing Adviser||Kazuo Tanizawa||Katsumi Hakoishi||Kimihiro Umino|
(of the Board of Directors)
|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|
|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|
|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 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.
PUKO 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.).
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