The aim of the
World JKA Karate Association is to propagate pure JKA
Shotokan karate steeped in the
teachings and traditional
methodology of the Japan Karate Association of the 1960's
through to the early
1980's, prior to the death of Masatoshi Nakayama, and as
outlined in the Best Karate Series.
The concept of
the WJKA was first put to an international board in 1994 in
Brussels, by Sidoli Sensei and Knobel Sensei at the 2nd JKA
Euro-Camp in 1996.
The reasoning for this was the fact that
both felt that karate-ka from both sides of the JKA (as
prior to political divisions) should be able to train
and test together. They proposed that a neutral and
non-political 'friendship society' of JKA karate-ka should
be created, where no individual association should be in
control of any other, allowing autonomy and the freedom to
fully develop. Between 1997 and 1999 there were several
the European instructors. At
the conclusion of these discussions all seemed keen to try
and alma gate in friendship.
was not to create yet another JKA body, but to create a
'union' where everyone was in communication, affording
everyone access to
instruction, regardless of which
association an instructor.
A meeting was
held in Germany in May 2000 between students of Mikami
Sensei, Yahara Sensei, Asai Sensei and Ochi Sensei. All
agreed on the need for
such an organization in order that JKA Karate could still be enjoyed by all, rather than one
association being in total control of the mantle of JKA
At the 12th (Asai faction) JKA World Karate
Championships, held in Cardiff in July 2000, discussions
took place between high grade non Japanese instructors.
All agreed with the need to begin the international
friendship, and to draw from the experiences of senior
karate-ka from around the globe and at this point the WJKA
Sensei Jan G. Knobel,