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 starts with a bang

Exciting times for the Martial arts world as uniting and development the martial arts in a way unseen or unheard of before is being undertaken by the United World Karate Federation (UWKF) and its partners in making martial arts a desirable and acceptable sport and human development tool for all people of the world.
With its many benefits martial arts today is more important and necessary for all people’s of the world, where peace and human development can be achieved through this enjoyable and beneficial physical, mental and spiritual developmental tool. The sports arena replaces the war zones, the technique development and mental fortitude replaces the stress and frustration and the ability to take one to height that can be achieved through the martial arts is unsurpassed in any other sport. Besides this physical activity can be practiced in a limit arena, with no expensive tools our equipment and on ones own.
It is with this is mind that the UWKF want to start a revolution for PEACE and human development throughout the world, as it has 180 practicing countries and includes all forms of martial arts in its structure so that the community of 50 million people have the opportunity to practice and participate in this world movement of people that just want to do good and to create a better life for all through the martial arts.
Over the next few months UWKF will be announcing come very simple and practical programs to start this revolution and we ask all that are interested in this quest to join us in the journey. Our destination is World Peace through the Martial Arts. Come join us!

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

 

New Website, New Management and Administration System for UWKF members and Supporters

After much research and development, we are proud to announce that together, in partnership with R Sportz, a professional membership and content software based management and administration systems…

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New Website, New Management and Administration System for UWKF members and Supporters

After much research and development, we are proud to announce that together, in partnership with R Sportz, a professional membership and content software based management and administration systems development company, UWKF has developed what we believe to be a very professional and necessary management and administration system that assists all karate national federations, regions, clubs and individuals with many aspects of their karate social media, fees collection, tournament management, membership management, grading, and many other aspects of their running of a proper karate organization. This system will be launched at the end of March 2017. It will be a cloud-based system that will management the entire UWKF operations and management.
We encourage all our members and supporters to made full use of this subscription service. We will be the first karate organisation to use this system and we are very excited and anxiously anticipating very good things to come out of this partnership.
For more information please contact Masood at karate@rsportz.com.
Also please check out our test website which is used temporarily for now and will be professionally done once the new system is launched.
Website:- https://uwkfhq.wixsite.com/unitedworldkaratefed, this is the type of information and more that will be included in the new system.

Continuation of Karate Jitsu vs Karate Do

When the thirst and hunger for training, I have seen many use the word Keiko, but in my humble opinion this has just a physical connotation and does not take into consideration the spiritual and mental training, so I prefer the word “RENSHU”, or even better when it become compulsive, it is called shugyo, or “difficult practice.”
What is difficult is not so much the practice, which may have progessed to more advanced technique, but stopping the practice when class is over.
The shugyosha wants to continue training in every free minute of time: these are the people who practice their kata in their mind, body and spirit, their kata during coffee breaks ” just to stay in readiness.” And analyzing every aspect of these movements.
When you eat, breath and sleep practice that is shugyo.
This is as far as most students ever get, and to be honest, its quite an accomplishment and something I always strive to do. The “punishment” of doing push-ups is a reward to these people.
If seems distantly ascetic, you have it right: shugyo means “austere” or “ascetic practice.” The word “shu” can be literally translated as “complete” or “study” therefore, we go from “practice” to a “complete practice.” Living and breathing every moment.
The kanji for shu indicates a man with a staff or sword in winter. Winter is the traditional season of ascetic practices (misogi, kangeiko), and is represented by a man walking on ice, which is shown by three short lines like drops of water or reflection in a frozen lake. To the left of the “winter” elements is a man and a staff or sword. Many times a karate-ka or budo master will take a staff with him on a ascetic retreat, amany of you may have done this during you gasshku in the mountains, I certainly go this during our “outdoor training” as a correction tool for technique and for me to support and check out the terrain, a iaido or kendo-ka practitioner may take a sword. In many cultures the staff is a very important implement for doing many things but for budo ka it is a weapon to practice and to defend.

So shugyo is really something we need to understand and instill into our training mentality and many karate-ka, because of too much tournament forget that karate-do and karate jutsu are, although similar in practice but different in attitude and benefit.

Styles and karate 

The World Karate Federation has indicated that styles are not necessary because they control all karate worldwide. Now we all know that everyone started karate through styles and through styles they get to be nternational organizations only for competition purposes. The majority of Karaté practitioners are in styles and clubs and a majority of these people don’t take part in competitions, so styles a eee still a vital part of the karate structure in the world. Besides, those that want to learn and continue their karate study, they have to belong to an organization that espouses the true meaning of the art of karate. We have publish over the last two blogs the debate of Karatedo or Karate Jutsu? And if one reads this continuing debate one understands that karate-ka , in the majority, especially mature practitioners, are more interested in the art than the sport. Don’t get me wrong the sport aspects is aspect is important especially for the younger karate-ka. Now that Karaté is an Olympic sport it is good both for the arts and sport, similar to the Bruce Lee phenomenon of the 1970’s. there is a greater awareness and enthusiasm with many wanting to join the sport. All of us first looked at the sporting aspect and once we trained and researched karate more we got interested in the art more. Look at how many practitioners first started with Japanese karate and saw this as the be all and end all of karate, but with experience they started to travel to OKINAWA and it only th that they started to understand Bunkai and the “true” essence of karate. This is the benefit of styles not sport as the traditional dojos on OKINAWA are more interested in the training and development of the practitioners instead of the medals. So styles are a very important part of karate’s existence and longevity and we at the United World Karate Fédération fully support all styles and all karate competition formats. It was when we where in thee World Karate Fédération that Bunkai was introduced for a better understanding of kata and Karatedo. As Izumikawa Kanki Sensei, and student of Higa Seiko Sensei emphasized ” Karate is Kata and Kata is karate” we at the United World Karatedo Fédération are determined to preserve this traditional as we believe this is true karate. We learn from the Old ways to improve the New. 

UWKF VIRTUES

1. COURTESY: One must be respectful to all people and to be respectful to ourselves.
2. LOYALTY: One must be loyal to the organization, the Sensei or instructors, classmates, family and friends.
3. KINDNESS: One will refrain from making negative statements about anyone. One should always strive for what is good and correct. To work toward harmony between all people and always keep in mind of others’ well being.
4. COURAGE: One must never surrender to the enemy. To correct what we know is wrong and to succeed in one goals or intentions. We will utilize our skills to help and defend the defenseless, our family, friends and our honor.
5. JUSTICE: One needs to know that we are all equal, to understand that we all have weakness. One must never be arrogant and always be humble. One must refrain in giving unnecessary displays of one abilities.
6. DISCIPLINE: Refrain from violence. One must always exercise self-control and to always finish what is started.
7. STRENGTH: To be strong always! To develop an indomitable spirit and to develop one’s will to be like steel, for this is the way of the martial arts.
8. HONOR: One must refrain from wrong doings, which can to bring shame on upon us and oneself, for we represent the heritage of correctness, as those before us have preserved. To be honorable, one must be honorable to others.
9. TRUTH: Be true to yourself and others. For deceit and lies will breed negativity and darkness to one’s spirit, mind and body.

Do or Jitsu in Budo or should I say Bujutsu

In the martial arts there are many ways and many applications to a technique, it depends on what is wanted to be achieved and what mentality the practitioner is training in and wanting to achieve. Ju-jutsu, judo, Kenjutsu, kendo, Karate jutsu, karate-do and many more. The question is WHAT IS IN A NAME?
More than you could ever imagine. Grasshopper.
Many instructors today have opinions about everything and many are armchairs critics, they are either “purest of this or other art” Many state that in their particular country there are not “jutsu” practitioners just “do” practitioners.
“What is the difference?” some may ask.
You may get an answer similar to: “in iai-jutsu you must actually draw blood each time you draw the katana”
So this maybe correct that there are not jutsu instructors or students because they will be seriously injured or killed.
There are extreme cases of confusion cause by misuse of jutsu and do to define Okinawan or Japanese martial arts.
The most common misuse in todays times of information overload and everyone being a expert in their field is to describe a combat approach as jutsu and the sports approach as do.
How many times have you heard an student stating that his instructors teaches the version of his particular martial arts as ” Killall Ryu” or “Killall Jutsu” because his instructor can kill anyone with a single blow. In the other instant another student will brag that his teacher only teaches do, which is for human and psychological development and to attain a higher and very important and secret spiritual attainment. All this “snake-oil stuff that has infiltrated the martial arts is a lot of BS.
To understand the implications of the words jitsu and do, and how they apply to martial arts in the modern world, we must go back to two simplier words, gyo and shugyo. This may also clear up a great deal of debate that a practitioner can only “practice” or “master” one art or sport.

GYO
Gyo in its literal translations, refers to practice or behavior. When you enter a dojo for the first time, you begin gyo. If you are a lazy, or selfish, or have any faults, that is you gyo. Budo training must or should teach you to change your gyo to something more beneficial or desirable. When analyzing the kanji for gyo when notices that it immediately looks like a intersection or crossroads, so it is clear when anyone come to a crossroad their have to take decisions and action must be taken and constructive activity must be emphasized in ones life study or activity undertaken by the individual. There is also an element of stability in the writing of the kanji and this is what we strive to attain by the practice and activity of Budo, a stable, mind, body and spirit. It is at this point that the student wants to become like the master. But it is important that the Master also is cognizant to always looking at himself and becomes a figure the students want to emulate.

Next Blog will explain Shu Gyo and Jutsu. Until next time sweat everyday train everyday.