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 officials are as follows:
ITKF meetings are as follows:
What is Traditional Karate?
The Definitition of Traditional Karate
The History of Traditional Karate
Master Hidetaka Nishiyama Biography
International Traditional Karate Federation

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