Japan Karate Association
The world’s foremost authority on karate
With a vast membership in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization, clearly
defining itself as ‘The keeper of karate’s highest tradition.’
The JKA was founded in May, 1949. By 1955, the first headquarters dojo had been built at Yotsuya in
Tokyo and a year later the JKA set up the first-ever karate specialist instructor intern (kenshusei)
training program at the headquarters dojo, and accepted its first round of trainees. This was the
start of the finest karate instructor training program ever created, a program never matched or even
approached by any other karate organization. It is through this program that the JKA has built up its
unique cadre of distinguished karate instructors. Through continuous contribution and its
commitment to society, the JKA was recognised in 2012 by the government of Japan as KOEKI
SHADAN HOJIN (public interest incorporated association) the only Japanese martial arts associations
to date to be given such recognition by its government.
The mandate of the JKA is to contribute to world peace through:
- Conducting research and providing instruction of Karate-Do.
- Influencing children and adolescents to improve their physical and mental health as well
as cultivating the spirit of martial arts.
- Wide distribution of the concept of Japanese martial art which emphasizes manners and
With vigor, the JKA continues to promote true karate around the world.