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 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.

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.

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.

12th UWKF African Open Karate and Martial Arts Competition Botswana 26 to 28 April 2018

We are almost 30 days away from the 12th UWKF Open and things are hotting up for the important event on the African Martial Arts Calendar. The competition will cater for Karate – {General, Traditional, Koshiki and Knockdown}, Kung Fu. Hard and Soft forms and Sparring, Sports Kickboxing (Point and Continous) and Grappling. This is the 1st time a competition of this manner has been hosted with all martial arts participating together, for the sake of unity and development of the martial arts by the martial artist.

Also important since 2017 UWKF has been encouraging mass participation in all of its events due to the small number of practitioners who will be allowed to take part in the 2020 Olympics games. Let us outline for your the criteria that will be imposed on any karate-ka wanting to participate at the 2020 Olympic games. One all athletes have to take part in the least 8 qualification event per year, so if the Olympics is a 4-year cycle then they will have to take part in at least 32 events every four years. So if each event is around $8000.00 for developing countries to participate in taking into consideration Flight, accommodation, equipment, and others this is $64000 x 4, you do the maths. This is fortunate for athletes in developing countries. This is only to participate if you don’t place you have no points, so this exercise is not cheap. Besides, the WKF events only allow one athlete per division per country again limiting karate-ka participating because of the Olympic qualification focus.

We want to have a world movement of participation and developing karate-ka and will also open entries in all divisions and all forms, starting from  12 African Open Karate and Martial Arts Championships, also we are encouraging organizations to work together and unite and develop jointly, this limiting and discrimination in calling organizations “dissident” because you don’t want them to exist is not healthy for karate and the martial arts. We come from the same source and we are all taking the same journey to the top of the mountain, the route maybe different but the goal is the same.

We ask all karate-ka and martial artist to embrace this new and open understand and encourage you to join this movement.

 

Mass Participation and Equal Opportunity

After much assessment it has become abundantly clear that the Olympic participation will be a disappointment for many as they will not have the opportunity, resources or time to get the qualification nod, as the numbers just cant accommodate everyone in the qualification process. The reality is that only a few individuals and countries can afford the qualification as an athletes one needs at least $64000.00 per year to just put yourself up for qualification, for those in Europe it is much easier as they have a few qualification event close to their vicinity. But for those in the developing countries this becomes a very expensive exercise. If one makes a simple calculation there are about 8 qualification events yearly and each event cost in the region of $8000.00 (accommodation, airfare, visas, insurance, competition approved gear, food, internal transports, competition fees, medical, training fees, supplementation and others). The qualification system expects any karate-ka to participate in a minimum number of events to accumulate points and the more you place in the top three the better your chances.  Also there are only 68 places world-wide for others countries in both Kata and individual kumite, there are no team events at the Olympics, besides Japan, they qualify automatically.

So taking this into consideration we are very happy that the WKF is concentrating on the Olympics and we will be very happy to concentrate in giving as many karate-ka and other martial artist an opportunity in the UWKF to take part with as many athletes and in as many formats as they wish. They will have to qualify through their organizations and national federations. Unity and Development is our motto and we will stick by this providing all formats of karate competition and all styles and all martial arts inclusive in all participation in one event.

This year is the year on the continental unions to have their respective events in April 2018 we have the 12th African Open Karate and Martial Arts Championship in Gaborone, Botswana, we expect 20 countries to participate, in July 2018 our members will participate in the IKU Pan American Championships in Chile, In August 2018 our members will be participating in the Okinawan World Championship in Naha, Okinawa, in November 2018 we will be in India for two events the Asian championships and the Indian Professional League as know as Boutpro.

So let the WKF worry about Olympics and 2020 is the only assurance that karate is in the Olympics with 5 other sports and we are proud of this collective achievement by all karate-ka world-wide, they have to try an convince the International Olympic Committee again in 2024 and beyond, this is a costly and tedious exercise and I wish them well. In the meantime let us concentrate on enjoying unifying and developing Budo world-wide one day at a time.

2018 will be a momentous year for Karate

556975_408890935855097_595061296_nFB_IMG_1468758769195.jpg With the United World Karate Federation approaching 4 years since its relaunch, the United World Karate Federation was previously known as the United World Karate Assoiation and was formed in 1992 in Tokyo Japan by Sosai Chodoin, UWKF Honorary President, and Imtiaz Abdulla Uwkf Executive Chairman, the karate will has not been the same since this happened. Sosai today is not as active due to his advance age, which does not premit him from travelling so much of his time is spent in Japan, and his cuases of fighting for justice in many areas.

Now that we are established and have very dedicated and solaid members we will be using the next 4 year to consolidate our partnership and expand into a mast participation World Martial Arts Body with the arts of unarmed and armed being at the forefront. We will be researching the origin name of KARATE- which as you are all aware changed a few times since karate’s importation into Okinawa and to Japan then to the world. Chairman Abdulla had some very indepth discussion with some prominent karate historians and masters during his trip to the Far East and Japan in particular. One of this promimemnt historians and masters in the founder of Koshiki Karate ad the son of Kori Hisataka Kaiso, Masayuki Histaka Hanshi, the inheritor of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan and the founder of Super Safe Equipment and the Koshiki competition system. Hisataka Hansi has authored a few books and has done very deep research into karate. Besides his Okinawan family name Kudaka is associated with nobility and his family are from the Bushi in Okinawa.  Hisataka Hanshi and the WKKF are also embarking on a very important and needed aspect of karate-EDUCATION. Yes, Education in the sense of qualification from many aspect, i,e. History, Budo Philosophy, Budo Antrpology, an many other subject which will be taught towards a Degress in the Budo Science. This has been accrediatd by Monarch University in Switzerland.  As the Japnese saying goes the Sword.” BunbuBunbu Ryodo” is the traditional Japanese approach to martial arts training. A somewhat literal translation would be: “The Dual Path of Cultural and Martial Arts,”  to the necessity of harmonizing the physical training of martial arts with the cultivation of appreciation for, or skill in, aesthetic arts in cluding education.

So, with 2017 almost at the end of its days we will be looking forward to a very busy and fruitful year in 2018. UWKF will continue with its quest to unify and development all martial arts and create harmoney and copertion betwen all of our partners. See our newsletter for more on the activities of our members an our partners and all latest news. Or if you want us to send you a gope kindly send an email to  uwkfhq@gmail.com.

We take this opportunity is wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and looking forward to working with all karate loving people in 2018.

明けましておめでとうございます

 Akemashiteomedetōgozaimasu