What is ITKF?

The International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) is the world governing body for Traditional Karate

Mission Statement(Objective)

The ITKF intends, by popularizing and developing Traditional Karate in the proper direction and by promoting and strengthening friendly relations among its member organizations and their members in all countries, to achieve the advancement of world sports and Budo spirit and thereby contribute to the perfection of human character.

The Mission of the ITKF is to protect the original Traditional Karate based on the foundation of Budo. Its goal is to maintain the concept of human development through Traditional Karate training.



The ITKF is composed of Traditional Karate national federations from each member country. Each member national federation is the governing body for Traditional Karate in its respective country. Each member national federation, under ITKF rules and regulations, controls Traditional Karate activities in its country and has the right to send representatives to participate in ITKF official events.

ITKF national federations are organized into continental or regional organizations, conducting continental or regional championships, seminars and other events in the following:

  • Asia/Oceania

  • Africa

  • Europe

  • Pan American

  • ITKF Chairman - Gilberto Gaertner (Brazil)

  • Shihan-Kai Chairman – Tasuke Watanabe (Brazil)

  • Technical Committee Chairman – Richard Jorgensen (Canada)

  • Medical Committee Chairman – Vladimir Jorga (Serbia)

  • PTKF (panamerican) Chairman – Antonio Carlos Walger (Brazil)

  • ETKF (european) Chairman – Vladimir Jorga (Serbia)

  • ATKF (african) Chairman – Ibrahim Albakr (Egypt)

  • Gilberto Gaertner - Brazil

  • Richard Jorgensen – Canada

  • Ibrahim Albakr – Egito

  • Dejan Nedev - Macedonia

Board of Directors
  • Richard Jorgensen, Chairman - Canada

  • Eligio Contarelli - Italy

  • Gilberto Gaertner – Brazil

  • Ibrahim Albakr – Egito

  • Dejan Nedev - Macedonia

Technical Committee
ITKF officials are as follows:
ITKF meetings are as follows:

General Meeting

• This is the highest decision making body of the ITKF and is composed of all ITKF official national federation representatives.

Board of Directors Meeting

• The Board of Directors makes the decisions on details and execution of matters from the General Meeting.

Special Committees

• ITKF Board of Directors assigns a administrators for special committees and technical committees. Each committee’s administrator carries out decisions by the Board of Directors.

Technical Committee

• The Technical Committee is made up of technical sub-committees; each sub-committee carries out duties for a specific area.

What is Traditional Karate?
The Definitition of Traditional Karate
The History of Traditional Karate
Master Hidetaka Nishiyama Biography

Members of the International Traditional Karate Federation continue striving to preserve the spirit of Budo in traditional karate training and promote its development worldwide for the benefit of succeeding generations dedicated to learning this true martial art.

International Traditional Karate Federation