World   JKA   Karate   Association

Last update  08-08-2018







      Welcome to the official website of  the W.J.K.A


This is the official site for the World JKA Karate Association (WJKA). The WJKA is a non-political organization that is based on the teachings and

methodology of the Japan Karate Association of the 1960's through to the early 1980's when the JKA was at its technical peak and under the

leadership of Masatoshi Nakayama.

The WJKA is an association for groups and individuals that practice traditional Shotokan karate who wish to preserve the values and principals

that made Shotokan karate the paramount karate style through out the world. The WJKA presents you with an opportunity to network with

like-minded individuals and groups, while both avoiding politics and being able to share information with each other regardless of race, religion

or nationality. 

As an association, we endeavor to form a circle of friendship that would surpasses all boundaries and promote the understanding and technical

enhancement of Shotokan karate. Above all else, we believe that karate is a martial science and a way of life that trains the practitioner to be

peaceful, yet has the capability to terminate an opponent with a single blow.

Of course, such action requires power, swiftness, focus and control. Nevertheless, these physical aspects are just the vehicle, but not the

journey itself.
This journey is based on Bushido where the body, mind and spirit are developed concurrently through training in kihon, kumite and kata.

Hence the practitioner learns to both control and to relinquish control to the movements until the techniques are performed without thought

while remaining focused. In essence, the body remembers how to move while the mind remembers how to be still.
As a result, one becomes the embodiment of true karate because this method of training exemplifies a natural and effortless action where

peace is possible through the perfect unity of mind, body and spirit. This is the core teaching of Zen as well as the philosophy of the WJKA.

Therefore, for all groups and individuals who understand our philosophy and wish to practice traditional Shotokan karate in the manner

described above, you are welcome to join the World JKA Karate Association.

On behalf of the entire World JKA Karate Association (WJKA), I thank you for you interest in becoming affiliated with the WJKA and extend a

warm welcome and best wishes for your karate success.




Jan G. Knobel, 9.Dan

President / Founder
World JKA Karate Association