Who is the Japan Karate Association (JKA)
The Japan Karate Association is the official governing body of all JKA around the world. They are “the Keeper of Karate’s Highest Traditions”
The Japan Karate Association currently has clubs and students in over 100 countries and is the single largest traditional karate association in the world. They are the recognised heir to the founder of Shotokan Karate (that of the grandmaster Gichin Funakoshi). The mission of the JKA is “To promote the way of karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.” They are the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members (Shadan Hojin) for the promotion of karate throughout the world. JKA Has lineage directly to Gichin Funakoshi through Masatoshi Nakayama, the head of JKA from 1913 to 1987.
JKA is the truest form of Shotokan karate being practiced today.
What does this mean for me?
What all the above means is that your training and grades granted to you are all approved and recorded in the Japan Karate Association headquarters in Japan. With members and clubs throughout over 100 countries, your grade will truly be recognised on an international level. In fact, if you are ever travelling you can take your JKA Passport to any of the over 100 countries and train with them at your world recognised grade and with the same training you are used to in the UK.
All of the techniques and training you will have, will be fully recognised by the world’s largest governing body in karate do. Everything you learn is the result of literally centuries of practice and improvement in the art of Karate Do. You will be of an international standard equivalent in rank to any country in the world and that of Japan itself.
If you are going to learn a Japanese martial art, it should be from a Japanese organisation.
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