What happens after 2020 Olympic Games Karate’s future

Good governance and change should be what world karate needs after the 2020 Olympic Games. It is apparently clear now that it was Japan, Japan Karate Federation and the Sasakawa influence that got karate its first and possibly last appearance in the Oympic Games. But the narrative all along was that the Spaniard Antonio Espinos did this on his own.This far from the truth. The Espinos Samaranch factor was always the motivation used for karate to being the Olympics.

So let’s take a journey down memory lane and understand the situation and ask ourselves how do we assist karate to get back in the games after 2020. We shall do this is four parts.

History is a funny animal it is harsh on those that try to change its cause.

The World Karate Federation as we know it today was the World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) until 1995, this name was proposed by International Olympic Committee (IOC), at its Congress held in Monte Carlo called the 101st Session.

It was at this session that the Congress have asked Judge Keba Mbaye, a Senegalese jurist and IOC members to attempt to get unity in world karate by unifying the World Union of Karate Organization with the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) into a unified organization called the World Karate Federation.

But the spirit of unification as required by the IOC was undermined by both groups. Firstly, the WUKO which I was a part of, serving as Vice President with the current President from 1993 to 1998, interpreted the unification as the ITKF disbanding and merging into the WUKO to form the WKF, so this would be giving up everything and simply being usurped into WUKO with a name change.

The ITKF understood unification as being a merging of equals. The WUKO did not accept this interpretation as they believed that they had more national federations who were members of National Olympic Committees and they should be the senior player. This was the first break down in the unity process.

The IOC did not assist very much in this regard to clarify the proper intrepretation and allowed the difference in interpretation to continue. Second issue of discontent was the difinition as crafted in the 101 Unification Statues where the designation of karate was divided into three designated groups. Will make up the new World Karate Federation. The definition was General Karate ~ karate competition formats as promoted by WUKO, Traditional Karate ~ karate competition formats as promoted by ITKF, those federation that did both types of karate and were already working together in their National Federation. Now at this time around 1988 WUKO did have more national federations, and this was understandable as they were the organization that was provionsionally recognised by the IOC.

WUKO received such recognition around 1978 and at that point had about 40 federations, surprising ITKF had a similar number of federations, but after the IOC recognition many countries decided to leave the ITKF and join with WUKOto get better government support financially and politically.

In 1995, a flamboyant Japanese karate lover Kunio Tatsuno head of a karate organization called the Seishinkai in Osaka, Japan, this organization had a sterling pedigree which was developed by the Kokuba family, a family that was regarded as karate royalty, in Japan they were known as the Kuniba family. Tatsuno assumed the Soke position after the passing of it’s previous head, Shugo Kuniba, who was residing in the USA, married an Ameican women and was expanding the organization internationally.

Tatsuno was a charismatic individual and usualfor a Japan and was looking for something to give him world prominence, he had a checked past and was associated with the under world in Japan. This new character was always going to clash with the established cabal in the World Karate Federation, especially the Sasakawa famiy and the European karate mafia under Decourt. Tatsuno portrayed himself as the new Saskawa. These two previous WUKO groups , Sasakawa and the European karate mafia were partners and they did not want a ” new child on the block” to come in and distrub their party which they were firmly in control of.

Delourt was also having problem of his own in the powerful French Karate Federation and the new emerging young turks led by Antotio Espinos and Francis Didier. Espinos started his ascension to power during the 1988 Mexico World Championships, taking advantage of the majority of Spanish speaking countries who attended this championships to start his agenda to take over. Many were not happy with Decourts handling of the Olympic issue, besides he and Samarach were not fans of each other. He was seeking power and was craftng a plot to get a mandate to take over the WKF.

The next championships was to be held in Granada, Spain, and Espinos being ambitions and crafty thought that he would be able to do a palace coup in his own country, but this did not happen.

Sasakawa resigned as President at this Coigress, at this time and Delourt was still in control and assumed the position as President, he was Executive Chairman before this. France was still a force in karate politically and technically, in 1992, but Spain was creeping slowly as a powerhouse, especially in the Spanish countries, Delcourt also relingusihed his position as President of the powerful European Karate Federation and this was the chance Espinos was waiting for and this chance presented him with a great opportunity to roll out his coup. He craftily used many people to ascend to the top in Europe, such as Mike Dinsdale, Gunnar Nordhl, George Yerolimpos, George Popper, and many more. His next aim was the WUKO as it was called then. The next chapter will deal with his sinister plot. Until next time keep training, uniting and developing karate in your own way.

Karate in the Olympics Part 3

After the politics of the styles and the political establishment in Japan, two streams of power structures started emerging one group led by Ryoichi Sasakawa and the Other with the powerful JKA, other styes started rally behind the Sasakawa group and at this time the Federation of All Japan Karate Organization (FAJKO), was being encouraged for the unity and expansion of all karate, out of Japan to the rest of the world. It was very interesting that although the Okinawan Karate fraternity was allowed to demonstrate at WUKO and FAJKO tournaments to show the origin of karate, they were not given their place at the table so to speak or to make decisions affecting the way karate was being developed technically in the sporting arena. This is possibly one of the reasons why a majority of Okinawan Karate actors refused to join the FAJKO group. The FAJKO decided to divide the organizations into styles but ONLY into four groups recognised by the Japanese FAJKO faction, namely Shotokan (which included the JKA), Shito Ryu, Goju Ryu and Wado Ryu. Each representing a personality and a power base. Concentration of power was mainly in Tokyo and Osaka, with the Shotokan and Wado groups very prevalent in Tokyo and the Shito and Goju groups in Osaka. The Shotokan personality at this time was Masatoshi a powerful individuals with networks in the higher echelon of Japanese society and especially the political elite, Wado was represented by its founder Hidenori Otsuka, also a jui jutsu practitioner who has been in Japanese Budo before taking up karate under Funakoshi,, Goju by Gogen “the Cat” Yamaguchi and Shito by the Mabuni’s elder son Kenei Mabuni and Manzo Iwata , later the Seishnkai under the Kuniba family, originally Kokuba (Okinawan) and the organization was taken by Kunio Tatsuno after the death of Shugo Kuniba, Tatsuno and myself and some other colleagues where instrumental in gettng karate accepted back into the International Olympic Committe (IOC) in 1996, and its recognistion and final acceptance int the 2020 Olympic Games. Kuniba Shugo also has to wait to be Soke after his father passed away at a very early age, the organization was headed by Teruo Hayashi for a short time, Teruo Hayashi started karate at a very advanced age and was very open minded and travelled and polished his karate through intercation with other Okinawan Master through the introduction of the Kuniba family and through their family starting in Okinawan karate, he used this to accumulate a great deal of knowledge and trained with notably Okinawan Master, Nagamine, Nakaima and others, he also pusued his study of Okinawan Kobudo, he went on to create a very successful organization called Hayashi Ha Shito Ryu which was and still is very successful in WUKO and WKF.
It was this partnership between Ryoichi Sasakawa and the a European lawyer who was making his own inroads of power in karate by accumulating the European countries into a powerful European group called the European Karate Union which is purported to be created in 1965, first dominated by judo practitioners as Paris was the hub for the expansion of karate and judo. It is stated that Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain made up base under Jacques Delcourt that started the power play in karate as the agreement was that Sasakawa the shipping tycoon and the lawyer from Paris Delcourt decided to partner with each other to dominate World Karate. Sasakawa was to be the power and money man and Delcourt the administrator with his legal background and his understanding of sports politics and personalities in the western world. This was the perfect combination Although both gentlemen were not really Budo people and were rather politicians and powerful individuals in their own right. This started the karate fight for domination away from karate people to politicians. The first championship for karate was held in Paris in 1966 with the newly formed Nakayama from the JKA came from a family of traditional Budo people, his father was avery proficient Kendo person, nd he started to experiment in formulating a set-up of rules for karate competition as the university group was being criticised for too much contact to the face and also some deaths. He used the Kendo rules as a basis and this is why the first set-up of rules were based on the “Sundome”” principle of one stroke one full point. The first competition used the JKA developed rules and so did the FAJKO group, later this changed and this is also one of the reason for disunity in karate today..
Jacques Delcourt was avery charismatic individuals that practice a little bit of karate under Henry Plee and as stated by some under Oshima, who today runs the very traditional Shotokan America organization. He was the first to be sent to America to expand Shotokan karate but was more alined to the Shotokai group (outside the university) that a person responsible for the expansion of JKA and then International Amateur Karate Federation, Hideki Nishiyama. It has been related by a few commentators that Nishiyama went to United States under the invitation of Oshima, and Oshima decided to return to Japan for a short period and left the Shotokan organization under the care of Nishiyama, Upon his return he realised that Nishiyama has already taken the organization under his control and his caused a major rift between the two individuals. This is part of the problem for todays disunity in world karate. Nishiyama created the International Amateur Karate Federation in 1978 although he created the American Amateur Karate Federation in earlier. This is the another factor in karate disunity.
We shall continue this in the next blogs about the break up of FAJKO and JKA and Nishiyama and the World Union of Karate Federation.

Karate in the Olympics Part 2 Karate and Apartheid

In part one we tried to explain the idealogical battles that were festering between the elite of the Japanese karate and the other members of the JKA. It is important to understand this as many of the expansion program for karate to the world outside Japanese started with this organisation.
In this quest to expand many senior instructors were sent as envoys to different parts of the world.
The Japanese karate group under the JKA also started forging relationship with many undesirable groups, like the Apartheid Government of South Africa, as Japan had a very favourable relationship with the Apartheid regime for economic and other reasons. Karate was an important sport for the Apartheid regime and it supported the JKA group very seriously and many South African JKA members were part of the Apartheid security structure. Many South African Karate-ka were allowed open access to the JKA headquarters and many South African karate-ka became prominent in the JKA because of this. In the meantime many indigenous South Africans that were not considered “White” we excluded from participation in this sport. A law was passed to exclude blacks from dojos and the government even went so far as stating ” That Karate was detrimental to be taught to Black people”, this was a statement made in 1968 by a serving Minister in the Apartheid Government. Dojos in South Africa were classified as White or Black dojos and the karate taught was different, advanced for whites and a form of rudimentary karate for Blacks,karate-ka could not mix, otherwise if they did they were prosecuted. Team that represented South Africa were reserved for White karate-ka ONLY, any black karate-ka was excluded an not allowed to earn National South African honours or colours, a case in point is Gen Popham, a person classified in the Apartheid South Africa as a coloured person, a person of mixed race, he was selected as he won the South African Nationals and beat all his opponents and was denied the selection or honours as he was considered black.
Many prominent Japanese instructors on they way to expanding karate to other parts of the world first stopped in South Africa before going on to other prominent locations. Many organisations also expanded from South Africa to other parts of the world. An example is the first group of instructor including prominent karate-ka such as Kanazawa, Shirai, Kaze, Enoeda travelled to Apartheid South Africa first before dispersing into Europe where they went on to become legends in their own right, they only taught white karate-ka and were denied teaching black karate-ka and all blacks were excluded by law from teaching the black majority. This is one of the reason that the white karate-ka where given technical preference and political preference in the JKA and other organisation. Secondly, example is the spread of Shukokai under Shigero Kumira, his first stop after Japan was South Africa and then to the United Kingdom and America. Today the prominent leaders in Shukokai are South African. Another example is the IOGKF of Morio Higashionna, first expaned into South Africa and then to Europe. Again only teaching white karate-ka. In the World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) now World Karate Federation (WKF) the same practices prevailed and white Apartheid South Africa was given preference over the black majority. In 1982 in the WUKO World Championship in Taiwan the a South African white team entered to participate at this championship. WUKO wanted to allow this team to participate but after much pressure from the African members, the Anti Apartheid Movement and the United Nations. A vote was held and the vote was won by 4 votes against allowing a white Apartheid team to participate. All the socialist and communist country stood by Black South Africa against the Apartheid Government.
In 1976 in Long Beach a South African all white team was allowed to participate by WUKO and at the same time a IAKF tournament was held in the USA and the IAKF refused South Africa to participate. It was WUKO that turned this around and blamed the IAKF as allowing a team to participate when they were the perpetrators, it was at this Taiwan Congress that the Unification of karate was starting to take its position. A Confederation was created to try to get karate accepted by 1992 into the Olympic Movement and into the future Olympic Games. Unification was paramount and the WUKO and IAKF attempted to get this started. But WUKO was not interested in unification but rather usurping IAKF into the WUKO. I was very instrumental in lobbying Apartheid Karate’s exclusion as the United Nations had passed a resolution at its Gleneagles meeting that sanctions should be imposed on Apartheid South Africa in all areas including Sport. A black-list was created and those that had ties with South Africa were sanctioned. This did not stop the Japan and some elements within WUKO, they continued to have relationship with Apartheid South Africa. The team that was rejected by the WUKO in Taiwan in 1982, was invited by the JKA to come to Japan and participate in a created international friendly between South Africa and Japan. Taiwan also had very close and important ties with Apartheid South Africa and they allowed a rebel team to take part outside the world championship in another created international tournament between South Africa and Taiwan.
So one can conclude that this practice of underhandedness and impunity started in the 1970’s and the networks and relationship continues until today. This is part of the reason the World Karate Federation is viewed in such a bad light by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its constitution is very close to a Nazi or fascist ideology.
White supremacist and non democratic practices and ideologies are encouraged to the detriment of democracy and karate unity and development have been a modus operandi since the formation of the World Union of Karate Organization and the other international organisations that started at this time. .
In part three we will outline the break in relationship between the IAKF and France and the Japanese backing of the European Agenda.

Karate and the Olympics Part 1

The situation that contributed to the karate division starts in the university system in Japan, as many have been constantly been brainwashed with that Funakoshi Gichin Sensei is the founder of modern karate, this is not correct. Funakoshi Sensei was given board and lodging at a university in Tokyo and for his he was given a janitors job so he could live. This is one of the reasons why Shotokan (Funoshi’s pen name) not the name of the karate ryuha, the students of Funakoshi who started this movement from the university were nationalist and wanted to have their own style, much diffrent and independent from all other Okinawan or other Japanese organisations at the time. The universities in Tokyo especially those students that founded the Japan Karate Federation (JKA). This group regarded themselves as an elite group was they had direct access to the nobility and high society in the Japanese system and most of these individuals were imperialist or nationalist. It is through this association that they had access to resources and also to decision makers.
The brainchild of the creation of the JKA was through Keio University and Shichi Tokudo, it is this high level contacts that got the JKA’s recognition by the Ministry of Education, which is a very powerful endorsement, which is still enjoys until today. The students of Funakoshi also were at loggerheads as their was a group calling themselves the Shotokai, then there was those that believed that the JKA was changing the original teaching and then the JKA which was changing the karate of Funakoshi to bring a more acceptable Japanese favour to the karate they were presenting to Japn and the world, this is attributed to the fact that the Japanese would not accept that they were adopting a Okinawan art, as Okinawa was regarded as not at their social level, and backward. This is also the reason that Funakoshi had to change the names of of the kata he brought from Okinawa and the kanji from chinese Hand to Empty Hand. Again, Japan was at war with China and anything Chinese was not acceptable to the Japanese. It was this university group that started experimenting with kumite matches, for two reason. One to introduce free fighting as a way to show their prowess and the other Japan was at war and needed to instil the Japanese fighting spirit into the karate practitioners. These were brutal times as many freshmen were treated under very harsh conditions for them to prove themselves.
One of the prominent karate leaders and the architect of the formation of the JKA was Masatoshi Nakayama and a very talented Hideki Nishiyama, many karate-ka or seniors were drated into the army and the training of the karate classes were still ongoing, but very unorganized and everyone tried teaching their own favour of what they thought was what JKA was. It was this that forced the JKA to systemise their teaching and instructors structure. The famous instructors program was developed for this purpose. It was always the interest of this group and their high level backers to expand their karate as the trues Japanese karate, and they needed envoy’s to expand this imperialist and nationalist agenda.
It is with this backdrop that we must understand that the division of karate started at this type, nit because of style difference but because of class differences. It is a known fact on Okinawa that Funakoshi was not a senior students of the system he train in with Ankoh Itosu, and all his other teachers. But he was a fairly educated person and this is what appealed to the Japanese. Most karate instructor in Okinawa were not highly educated and very few spoke proper Japanese at the time. So the class issue was a big issue and the Japanese needed a face for “their”karate and Funakoshi was the ideal candidate.
In the expansion of karate the JKA started teaching at the American Army camps during and after the war, this gave them great networks to expand their karate world-wide. But at this time the diffrence in approach between the JKA group and the Shotokai group and others that trained with Funakoshi was started to become a serious problem. Actually Funakoshi was against the introduction of sport karate as he believe karate was a martial arts and could be a sport.
Nakayama Sensei’s father was very prominent Kendo-ka and Kendo had already started developing a competition system, and a lots of the early karate rules came from Kendo, that is why the linear fighting approach and the long distance fighting emphasis, this was another influence in the current JKA system of maintaining and long distance between the fighting practitioners. The Shobu Ippon system or sundome system was what the JKA was developing from the Kendo influence of one cut one kill. .This transferred to karate as Ikken Hitatsu, one punch kill.

Shuri-Te Kata for March

The January and February training material will be revised over and over until we are able to use the techniques in our kumite, bunkai and goshindo. What is important is that we must we able to melt the Kihon, Kata and Kumite into one powerful defence system using every aspect of a technique to maximum effectiveness.
In March our emphysis will be on the Shuri-Te kata obviously the execution is slightly perculiar to the Shuri te way and the main working points is Maai – distance, the Kime – focus and Taisabaki – the body usage.
The Katas we will work on are all the Pinan Katas taking each technique and working on its proper execution and the stances that will be worked and re-worked will be zenkutsu dachi, kokustu dachi, sanchin dachi and neko ashi dachi. the transfer and body impact in every technique is also something we have to work on especilly the Kime and the focus on the area of impact.
In Karate-Do and Okinawan Budo the secrets are all in kata and this becomes the focal area of our foundation to explore all other areas.
In our organization the emphysis on Budo instead of Shiai is what we are most interested in. Shiai is practiced and allowed but it one of the many components we practice.
Kata is our foundation and strategy and technique and tactics is a normal part of our training.
So again training everyday and sweating everyday is what we are trying and not compromising on. You don’t train we don’t talk the ink is our sweat and the effort is the words we are writing our karate book everyday one sentence until we finish our book on a yearly basis. Going back and re-reading and recommiting ourslves every year is what is important to us.
Those that don’t train at least 3 times a year at honbu and with me, if you are from outside Johannesburg, and at least 3 times a month if your are inside Johannesburg, as a minimum, you will be taken off the database of members. If a black belt does not train for two years then he must return to be a white belt for as long as he has been out of training.
See you all on the dojo floor sweating and improving. Until next week. Keep up the effort and never give up.

Karate out of the 2024 Olympics

All Karate loving people most probaly have now received the news that before even appearing in its first Olympic participation, Karate has been enclosed from the 2024 Paris Olympics. This has never happened before, most sports are given at least two appearances before they are excluded. The other 4 sports which we included with karate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game are still retained, so what is the problem?
In my humble opinion karate is rather disunited and the arrogance of the World Karate Federation and especially the underhanded and dictatorial manner of its President has always been a stumbling block for karate to be a major force with the Olympic movement, the second issue is the competition of karate is looking more and more like Tekwondo and to sort looking very similar to the untrained causes a dilemma for the IOC, thirs is the fact that the only reason karate was included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is that Japan paid for its inclusion, because of a powerful individual in Mr. Sasagawa and because it has a culture heritage with Japan. Although the majority of the Okinawa Karate fraternity are not part of the Japan Karate Federation (JKF), the affiliate of the World Karate Federation (WKF). Okinawa is considered the birthplace of karate and many of its senior leaders are not entirely happy the way karate is developing or portrayed today.
I together with many others were very instrumental in getting karate accepted back into the Olympic Movement in 1996, after a feud between the then World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) and International Traditional Karate Federation, forced the International Olympic Committee to terminate the membership of the WUKO, because of a very serious issue of unity in karate. After much discussion and consultation the IOC developed a constitution which asked both bodies to created a new organization the World Karate Federation. Due to machination and very underhanded practices the WUKO unilaterally changed its name and usurped the unity process and blamed the whole process on the ITKF, there is some truth to this as the relationship between both organization was not a the best. It took a great deal of unbiased and fair treatment from impartial individuals to get the both parties to agree on a roadmap called the joint Working Commission, appointed by both bodies and endorsed by the IOC. It was this historic unity agreement signed in Osaka between the two feuding bodies that pushed the IOC to give provisional recognition to World Karate Federation (which was to include both bodies). This happened during the Atlanta Olympic Games. It must be stated that at this time Mr. Espinos the ow President of WKF was not involved in this process or normalization of karate’s membership back to the IOC.
But once this was achieved we saw a different group led by Espinos,bent on taking power away from the Jacques Delcourt faction, and implementing a purge strategy of getting rid of all individual that successfully got karate back its recognition or anyone that had a intellectual memory of the previous WUKO. A very concerned effort by a group led by Espinos started pushing for the removal of Delcourt and his faction. At the Congress of Granda in 1992, the die was set for this strategy to take effect as the host of this this competition was Spain and Espinos as its President. The actual start6egy came to the fore when the 1994 Kota Kinabalu Congress was held, Delcourt did not appear and he gave a explaining that he was ill and that an unknown Espinos, should chair the meeting. Ignoring all other senior members of WUKO, Fritz Wendland, George Popper, Adnan

    Cateriski. George Anderson, Nader Sherif, and other senior individuals who had many more years of experience were sidelined and the Espinos group started the implementation of their startegy to take over the WUKO. It was at this Congress that I was elected the Vice President and so was Espinos we were the same level of seniority. But, I refused to be controlled by the Espinos faction and this started the conflict. In Espinos modus modes operandi you must be totally subservient to the Espinos (the Boos or sometimes things he is the Pope) and you must act as a cardinal without question anything that does not suit his opinion or direction. If one scans back to history one will see how systematically he has eliminated everyone of those that challenged or differed with him. The last episode was when his closest ally and one who did most of his dirty bidding, Geroge Yerolimpos was kick out of the WKF for differing with Espinos approach to the Olympic staregy and the spending of valuable resources with hand picked Spanish companies, who many say are extraction machines for Espinos. Espinos was civil engineer and worked as a General manager in a Spanish Construction company with no prospect of promotion. Today he is Executive President that works full-time for the WKF, where does he get the money to survive? There are many rumors about how he has very craftily installed his own group through the world that does his business bidding in many avenues of the WKF procurement and qualification. The carrot and stick method is used and Espinos is always the benefactor of this spoils.
    This practice has been known by the IOC and they don’t like scandals and especially regarding a sport that is the Olympic program, this is their most valuable asset and they will allow it to be tarnished by a insignificant and non money producing sport like karate. So today after much hard work karate is back to where it was before, it is going to be difficult to get back in the Olympic program, and in my humble opinion the ONLY way to get this back on track is to unify all karate irrespective from why and what approach and fair development of all countries, without the corruption of the last Olympic exercise, were is cost between $35 000 to $40 000 per year to be even considered for selection, also it is imperative that you are ranked and from a Espinos friendly country.
    It is a sad day for karate but maybe it is for the better of the sport and art that it was excluded because it was allowed to continue the arrogance and underhandedness would have continued.

United World Karate Federation goes all martial arts

The United Karate Federation http://www.uwkfkarate.org is now including all martial arts into its membership to properly unite all martial arts and develop them to there potential. it is pleasing to see many of our members and other karate and martial arts organization supporting this new and revolutionary move. or aim is to unite and develop and mass participation of all martial arts is our objective. too many organization are restricting members and karate or martial arts people to be able to free join and participate in any organization or event they wish to be impart of, this is the old way of keeping everything for myself and trying to content and suck members dry of resources and to make them dependent on just one organization.
We live in modern times and the growth of the martial arts is at its peek and we need to broaden the base for access for all through ia single unified and development unasked entity. this entity in the United World Karate Federation. today we have general karate, traditional karate, Koshiki karate, full contact karate, kickboxing, modern combat sport, kobudo and we will evaluate others for the future. all these are under one organization and one championships yearly.
The 2nd World event under the Auspices of the UWKF will be held on Teheran, Iran in 2020. We urge all martial arts to income and participate in this important and exciting event.
The 13th UWKF African Karate and Martial Arts Championship will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from the 24 April to 27 April 2019 and this is an open event and anyone can participate in all the disciplines mentioned above.
Lets get together and Unite and Develop all martial arts for our future generation.

Dual Affiliation no longer

it is pleasing to note that after the UWKF challenged the undemocratic clause in the WKF constitution regarding dual affiliation and the WKF labelling any organization as dissident as and when they felt our unilaterally determined. the WKF now listened and understood that if they did not change this they may jeopardize their inclusion in the 2024 Olympic program. Although others are allowed to participate for selection for the Olympics in 2020, provided they adhere to the WKF rules it is not clear what one has to do to participate in these events which are qualifiers for the Olympics. we must however applaud the WKF for taking this decision as they relented on wanting to share the Olympic space with other international organizations. it has always been the believe but the UWKF that karate to the Olympics will benefit all karate as the sport will be exposed for the betterment of all. it is just 70 to 80 athletes that we allowed to participate in 2020 but the benefits will be felt by the 100 million. practitioners of all karate. we encourage all the challenge the WKF in their announce to allow all to be given a fair and equal chance to try to qualify for the Olympics irrespective which organization they belong too. The Executive Chairman of UWKF Shihan Imtiaz Abdulla has been assisting and challenging this fact since 1992 and he was very instrumental with many others in getting karate accepted by the IOC after it lost its provisional recognition in 1986. Unity and Development is the mantra of UWKF and it will not change. WKF must adopt the same mentality for all karate loving people to enjoy the fruits of so many that assisted in getting karate accepted into the Olympics. Karate is much more than just Olympic participation it ie about using a noble and disciplined art and sport to unite and develop all human beings worldwide. Those people especially narrow minded uneducated and selfish karate people need to change. they have to stop their ” Karate Apartheid” mentality and start working with everyone for the benefit of all karate. the UWKF is open to work with anyone with this mentality. We are not challenging Olympic recognition or ac acceptance and will definitely support the new mentality within the WKF as long as it is fair, transparent and inclusive. Let us hear from you on what you think about this. Until next time fly the karate unity and development flag high and let’s improve our world one punch and kick at a time.

United in all respects

The United World Karate Federation ( UWKF) was created to assist karate in two ways. The first objective was to support karate into the Olympics. With the late Sosai Kunio Tatsuno and our current President Sosai Chodoin
. This initiative was also supported by the late Nishiyama Sensei, Mano Sensei, Crowe Sensei, George Popper and many others that gave unselfishly towards this noble undertaking. Today we can say the rest is history and this achievement has been successful. The only disappointment is that not all karate is included in the Olympics, we are hopeful that the World Karate Federation, which Executive Chairman Imtiaz Abdulla was a senior Vice President from 1994 to 2009, with Espinos where both were elected in 1994 in the WKF Congress in Koto Kinabalu. It was also the year that the WKF requested South Africa to host the 13th World Karate Federation Championship, which we did in 1996 at the World Famous Sun City Superdome giving South Africa notice to hold two world championships in one country in the same year, and only two years to do both, this has never been done again. It was us tha introduced the Cadet and Junior World Champion in the World Karate Federation.
This was the platform that assisted in karate’s world-wide popularity and expansion. Executive Chairman Abdulla also won the President of African Karate in 1997, thus liberating African karate with the help of many brothers and sisters in karate in Africa. This was a historic turning point for karate.
When Executive Chairman Abdulla took over karate in Africa only 5 countries where activity in African and World events, when he was illegally disposed at an illegal gathering in Algiers in 2009 and the Algerian Mesbahi was illegally installed, with a illegal election arranged by Espinos and the now despised, and disposed YEROLIMPOS, who was then General Secretary.
This is when we decided to pursue the Unity and Development of karate for the right reasons and for the preservation of karate for all and standing by the traditional values of karate as a sport and art. We are not interested in been the best our challenging for Olympic recognition as we believe karate as it already and is a world-wide movement without the Olympics, is a benefit for all that practice and take part in this disciplined and beneficial Spartans art.
Our reference is Okinawa and the spirit of Okinawa. Training everyday, sweating everyday, uniting everyday, developing everyday and improving the health and lives of all societies everyday for all of the world through karate. Tournaments are a means to us to uniting and developing the youth and the karate population. But is the deepness and benefit in the art that we are more interested in, making everyone a champion is our mission in life.
Join the United World Karate Federtion today to join us in this quest of making a better future for all.

Return to Traditional Values in the Okinawan Martial Arts

From the Executive Chairman office

This is the website from the Executive Chairman of the United World Karate Federation

This year the Okinawan World tournament will be held in Naha City, Okinawa and it is the 1st World Tournament that will be exclusively ONLY for kata. KATA is the pride and treasure of Okinawan Karate and its practice and research are everlasting and non-ending in the benefits and rewards one receives from practicing this treasure that the ancient master handed down to us. It needs a deep study not just on the physical execution but in every aspect of the practice of karate. It needs the practitioner to understand the body dynamics, physiology, anatomy, breathing, the nervous system and how it can be repaired and damaged and many more aspects. It is in the KATA which is where we do the DATA analysis, that we find these answers. It must also be remembered that karate is a martial art first and foremost and sport is just a small part of the journey towards attaining the benefits of this marvelous physical, spiritual and mental endeavor. Many practitioners get so caught up in the sporting aspect that they forget the martial arts benefits. Now that Karate will be a “demonstration” Olympic Sports everyone is only looking and practicing this aspect. This is good for the promotion and development of younger karate-ka but it cannot be the ONLY aspect of karate.

Also, it is pleasing to notice that many karate-ka are now going back to the roots of karate, Okinawa and practicing with the master on the island, it is important to do this now as many are now aging and are not in the best of health and we have a short time to get as much from them as possible to depart to the future generation.

There is an old Japanese saying “NIGIRI SAN NEN” it takes three years to understand how to train and this should be the spirit of every karate-ka whether one is concentrating on sport or researching and training daily to get the benefit of the art.

The United World Karate Federation is equally promoting the art and sport but what makes us different is we allow all martial arts to exchange their experience and technical prowess in one organization and develop all martial arts and prepare all for fair play and equal education of martial arts for all. Thus creating a worldwide brotherhood of martial artist without politics and instilling the true values of BUDO in all our members, We work with all organization and have no restriction on who you should work with and how you work with each other.