Mission & Vision

The IKU is a non-political, non-profit organization, truly democratic and transparent on the service of the national federation’s members and specially based on true values: education, respect and great friendship. We will demonstrate with our deeds that this is possible, by setting a new direction for karate.

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About us

The International Karate Union (IKU) was founded by some of the most respected people with a great karate history and associations of various countries on 19 January 2013.

In recent years International Karate bodies have looked to service the needs of club/associations forgetting that international competition at the very beginning was about national federations and athletes representing their country.

IKU offers a new way for karate with a desire to bring together all clubs, associations or federations within a member country/territory under one banner and to resolve their differences or disputes through mediation and arbitration. This independent process is unique in the karate world and has a pathway to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In this way IKU hopes to contribute to the development of friendly relationships and closer links among its member national federations and the wider karate and/or sporting world.

The IKU will accept one federation or association per country and that federation or association will be obliged to ensure that all karateka within their country/territory will have access to IKU championships.

The IKU is an organization with non-political, non-profit, truly democratic and transparent to the service of the national federation’s members and especially based on true values: education, respect and great friendship. We will demonstrate with our deeds that this is possible, by building a new direction for karate!

The IKU respects WKF position as the IOC recognized karate body and are willing to help in any way possible to the WKF’s efforts to get the sport of karate included in the Olympic Programme.

Organization Structure

Board of Directors

England

Victor John-Charles
Victor John-CharlesPresident

Brazil

Gilles Willemin
Gilles WilleminVice-President

Russia

Sergey Rostovtsev
Sergey RostovtsevDirector

Romenia

Mihai Horia Cioroianu
Mihai Horia CioroianuDirector

Honorary Board of Directors

Italy

Danielle Lazarini
Danielle LazariniHonorary Vice-President
[1960 – 2016]

Technical Committee

Ukraine

Valeriy Kusly
Valeriy KuslyMember

Italy

Stefano Pucci
Stefano PucciMember

England

Abdu Shaher
Abdu ShaherMember

Servia

Dusan Dacic
Dusan DacicMember

Referee Committee

Romenia

Nicolae Iordachescu
Nicolae IordachescuMember

Russia

Grigory Tkachuc
Grigory TkachucMember

Italy

Adriano CosmaMember
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Disciplinary & Arbitration Committee

Ian CuthbertMember
Mario ConestabuMember
Arnfried KrauseMember

Statutes and Regulations

Statutes

Statutes for the International Karate Union

Statutes

IKU Judges and Referees

World Referee

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

MARK GREEN ENGLAND SI | SS
ROBERT SHEENAN IRELAND SI | SS
ANTONY TAYLOR IRELAND SI | SS
SERGIO VALERI ITALY
ALEXEY NALIMOV RUSSIA SS
MIRJANA RADIC SERBIA SS
ALAN WHITE ENGLAND
GRIGIRII TKACHUC RUSSIA SS

World Judge

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

MICHAEL CORMACK ENGLAND SI | SS
BURKE JESSIE IRELAND SI | SS
GERARDO NAZZARO ITALY

Continental Referee

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

BRIAN CAMPBELL NORTHERN IRELAND SS
CHRIS MCFEELY NORTHERN IRELAND SS
SAMANTA BRIGGS ENGLAND SI | SS
McKEVITTE GORDON IRELAND  SI | SS
GIOVANNI PICCLOLO ITALY
RUI MARCO PAULA PORTUGAL SS
EUGEN PRISECIAN ROMANIA SS
IOAN ANDREI TRIPA ROMANIA  SI | SS
STANISLAV RAKOVIC SERBIA SS
JONES ANDREV WALLES
HUGO CESAR MARTINHO PORTUGAL SS

Continental Judge

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

KAREL BOURA CZECH REPUBLIC SI | SS
 FILIP MELIK CZECH REPUBLIC SS
 MASSIMO DEL GAIZO  ITALY
 ADÃO OLIVEIRA MIRANDA PORTUGAL SS
 MARIAN MESHINSCHI ROMANIA  SI | SS
 MARIUS MIRICA ROMANIA SS
 MIHAIL PLOP ROMANIA SS
 CLAUDIU ROTELIUC ROMANIA SS
 AVRAM MIRCEA ROMANIA SS