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The Japan Karate Federation
Japan Karate Federation
(JKF), a.k.a. Japan Karatedo Federation, is a national governing body of sport karate in Japan.[1][2] The JKF is officially affiliated with the Japan Olympic Association
Japan Olympic Association
(JOC), World Karate Federation
World Karate Federation
(WKF), Japan Sports Association (JSA) and Japanese Budō Association (JBA).[2] The styles recognized by the JKF are Wadō-ryū, Shotokan, Shito-ryu
Shito-ryu
and Goju-ryu.[3] The headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 New Formation

2 Ranking system

2.1 Dan grades 2.2 Dan examination 2.3 Shitei Kata

3 Members

3.1 Cooperative associations (Ryu-ha)

3.1.1 Competition organization 3.1.2 Amicable organizations

4 Ambassadors 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] In 1959, the original Japan Karate Federation, formally known as the Federation of All Japan Karatedo Organizations (FAJKO), was formed to be an unifying organization to bring karate schools together by the Karate world leaders, who were its chairman Choko Sai, a head the Shudokan of Kanken Tōyama and vice chairmen Konishi from Shindō Jinen-ryū, Hiroshi Kinjo from Kanbukan, Otsuka Hinorori from Wado-Ryu, Tatsuo Yamada from Japan Kenpo Karate and Shinkin Gima from Shotokan. New Formation[edit] On October 1, 1964, the original Japan Karate Federation, which changed its own name to Japan Karate Renbukai, handed over its organization name to the new united league, such as Gōgen Yamaguchi of Goju-ryu, Ōtsuka Hironori of Wadō-ryū, Nakayama Masatoshi of Shotokan, Mabuni Kenei and Iwata Manzao of Shitō-ryū, in addition to the Japan Karate Rengokai, which was founded by Ryōichi Sasakawa. ThIs unified all the Karate organizations in Japan. Japan Karate Renbukai later changed its name to the JKF Renbukai, and then became an official member of the new JKF as a group, encompassing Bōgu uniformed Karate. Japan instilled "a uniform order in Karate", recognizing the four major schools, Goju-kai, Wado-Kai, Shotokan
Shotokan
and Shito-kai.[3][4] In 1967, Ryoichi Sasakawa
Ryoichi Sasakawa
became the chairman. On January 13, 1969, the JKF was officially incorporated as a central umbrella body for the four partner organizations and recognized under the Cabinet of Japan. In December in the same year, the All Japan Karate Championships were held at the Nippon Budōkan
Nippon Budōkan
in Tokyo. The JKF also works with organizations using the traditional styles of karate. In October 1970, the JKF became a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF).[5][6] On March 29, 1972, JKF became a member of the Japan Sports Association (JSA).[7] In 1978, the JKF first participated in the National Sports Festival in Matsumoto, Nagano. In 1981, Karate became an official game event of the National Sports Festival. Traditionally, karate organizations followed disparate competition rules. Japan Karate Association
Japan Karate Association
(JKA) attempted to standardize such rules. They addressed conflicts between the organizations that teach Kyokushin, a full-contact karate style, and other non-member organizations such as Seidokaikan. On December 11, 2009, the JKF started building a new headquarters named the Japan Karate Kaikan in Koto-ku, Tokyo. The JKF became a member of the Nippon Budokan
Nippon Budokan
(Japan Martial Arts Council). The JKF has been officially participating at the Asian Games, East Asian Games
Asian Games
and the IOC-sponsored World Games
World Games
as an official competition. The construction of the new Japan Karate Kaikan was completed and opened in November 2011. As a member of the Japan Olympic Association
Japan Olympic Association
(JOA), the JKF has been putting efforts to include Karate into the Olympics as an official game along with other affiliated Karate organizations. In May 2016, it was announced that The Emperor’s Cup and The Empress’s Cup will be given to the champions of Japan Cup Karatedo. The ceremony of notification was held at the Imperial Household Agency and the Emperor’s Cup and the Empress’s Cup were commissioned in the presence of Mr. Michiyasu Takahashi, Deputy Commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency on May 17, 2016. On August 3, 2016, the IOC
IOC
approves Karate as one of the five new sports for Tokyo
Tokyo
2020 Summer Olympics.[8] Ranking system[edit] The JKF officially recognizes the Dan, a Black Belt degree ranking system, from 1st Dan to 10th Dan and requires students to take a physical test up to 8th Dan. Since 2014, the JKF has also installed the additional basic ranking system called Kyū from 5th Kyū to 1st Kyū, and it requires a student to earn 1st Kyū first in order to earn 1st Dan. Dan grades[edit]

From 1st Dan to 3rd Dan The test is conducted by the JKF affiliated Prefectural Federations that represent their Prefectures, other associations, such as Japan Business Group Karatedo Federation, Japan University Karatedo Federation, Japan High School Karatedo Federation or Japan Junior High Karatedo Federation, or the cooperation groups.

From 4th Dan to 5th Dan The Dan test for fourth and fifth are conducted by The Regional Council, All Japan Business Group Karatedo Federation and All Japan High School Athletic Federation Karatedo Division.

From 6th Dan to 7th Dan The test for sixth and seventh Dan is solely conducted by the JKF itself every November in Tokyo
Tokyo
or Osaka.

For 8th Dan The test for eighth Dan is solely conducted by the JKF itself every March in Tokyo.

Dan examination[edit] Dan examination is consist of Kata
Kata
and Kumite.

From 1st Dan to 5th Dan The examination consists of two performances of Shitei Kata (designated kata) and Tokui Kata
Kata
(selected kata) as well as two Kumite.

For 6th Dan The examination consists of two performances of Shitei Kata (designated kata) and Tokui Kata
Kata
(selected kata) as well as a written test.

For 7th Dan The examination consists of performances of two Tokui Kata
Kata
(selected kata) as well as a written test.

For 8th Dan The examination consists of performances of two Tokui Kata
Kata
(selected kata) as well as an essay written test.

Shitei Kata[edit]

For Shitō-ryū, the list of Kata
Kata
is Seienchin(セイエンチン), Bassai dai(抜塞大), Matsumura no Rohai(松村ローハイ), and Nipaipo(二十八歩). For Gōjū-ryū, the list of Kata
Kata
is Saifa(砕破), Seipai(十八手), Kururunfa(久留頓破), and Seisan(十三手) For Shotokan, the list of Kata
Kata
is Kanku dai(観空大), Jion(慈恩), Kankū shō(観空小), and Enpi(燕飛) For Wadō-ryū, the list of Kata
Kata
is Seishan(征射雲), Chintō(鎮闘), Niseishi(ニーセイシ), and Kūshankū(公相君)

Members[edit] Cooperative associations (Ryu-ha)[edit]

Japan Karate Association
Japan Karate Association
(JKA) (Shotokan) All Japan Karatedo Shotokan
Shotokan
(AJKS) (Shotokan) JKF Goju-kai (Goju-ryu) and subgroups:

OGKK (Okinawa Goju Ryu
Goju Ryu
Kyokai Shudo Kan Eibu Kan Jitsuei Kai Yuishin Kan Uchiage Kai Seiwakai

JKF Renbukai (Bōgutsuki karate and Shudokan) JKF Shito-kai (Shito-ryu) JKF Wado-kai (Wado-ryu) Karate Rengokai (Japan Karate Alloance) (The alliance of various factions)

Competition organization[edit]

Japan business group karatedo federation Japan university karatedo federation Japan high school karatedo federation Japan junior high school karatedo federation

Amicable organizations[edit]

International Karate Organization Kyokushin-kaikan[9] (full contact karate organization) All Japan Kyokushin
Kyokushin
Union (full contact karate organization)

Ambassadors[edit] On April 2, 2016, the JKF officially appointed Shin Koyamada, a Hollywood actor, producer and martial artist as the Karate Ambassador at the headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.[10] See also[edit]

Karate portal Martial arts portal

World Karate Federation Karate in Japan

References[edit]

^ 日本空手協会除名について (PDF) (in Japanese). Jkf.ne.jp. Retrieved 5 November 2014.  ^ a b "AAU Rebuilds Karate". Black Belt: 38. Retrieved 7 November 2014.  ^ a b "A New Day of Karate". Black Belt. October 1965: 12. Retrieved 23 November 2014.  ^ "Nishiyama calls for New Look at Karate Tournaments". Black Belt. August 1967: 33. Retrieved 23 November 2014.  ^ "Karate - Friend of Animals". Black Belt. November 1970: 52. Retrieved 8 November 2014.  ^ "AAU Rebuilds Karate". Black Belt. March 1975: 38. Retrieved 8 November 2014.  ^ Guttmann, Allen (2001). Japanese Sports: a History. University of Hawaii Press. p. 180. Retrieved 6 January 2015.  ^ " IOC
IOC
approves five new sports for Olympic Games Tokyo
Tokyo
2020 @ olympic.org".  ^ "記者会見を実施! 国際空手道連盟極真会館と『オリンピック空手道採用』に向けて友好団体に".  ^ " Shin Koyamada
Shin Koyamada
appointed as Karate Ambassador". 

External links[edit]

Official Website

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National members of the World Karate Federation

Countries, teams, association and federation actively joining WKF World Championships.

Europe (EKF)

53 Affiliated Countries

Asian (AKF)

South-East

BRU CAM INA LAO MAS MYA PHI SIN THA TLS VIE

West

BRH IRI IRQ JOR KUW LIB OMA PLE QAT KSA SYR UAE YEM

East

CHN PRK KOR JPN TPE HKG MAC MGL

Central

KAZ KGZ TJK TKM UZB

South

AFG BAN BHU IND MDV NEP PAK SRI

African (UFAK)

45 Affiliated Countries

Pan America (PKF)

ANT ARG ARU BAH BAR BIZ BER BOL BRA CAN CAY CHI COL CRC CUB DOM ECU ESA VEN GRN GUA GUY HAI HON MEX CUR NCA PAN PAR PER PUR LCA VIN SUR TRI USA URU

Oceania (OKF)

AUS FIJ GUA NZL New Caledonia PNG Tahiti VAN SO

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