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

President

Brazil

Gilles Willemin
Gilles WilleminPresident

Board of Directors

Italy

Riccardo MoscoVice-President

Russia

Sergey Rostovtsev
Sergey RostovtsevVice-President

Romania

Mihai Horia Cioroianu
Mihai Horia CioroianuDirector

India

B.K. BHARATDirector

General Secretary

Italy

Riccardo MoscoGeneral Secretary

Technical Committee

Italy

Stefano Pucci
Stefano PucciPresident

Romania

Nicolae Iordachescu
Nicolae IordachescuMember

Peru

Lucho HuamanMember

Ireland

Pat WheelanMember

Russia

Mikael VodolazovMember - Contact sector

Referee Committee

Romania

Nagel AdrianPresident

Italy

Adriano Cosma
Adriano CosmaMember

England

Mark GreenMember

Disciplinary & Arbitration Committee

England

Ian CuthbertMember

Italy

Mario ConestaboMember

South Afrika

Abdulla ImtiazMember

IKU Web site

Romania

Andrei TripaAdministration officer

Statutes and Regulations

Statutes

Statutes for the International Karate Union

Statutes

IKU Judges and Referees

Chief Referee

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

GRIGORY TKACHUK RUSSIA SS
ROBERT SHEENAN IRELAND SI | SS
SERGIO VALERI ITALY SI | SS
 ADRIANO COSMA ITALY SI | SS

World Referee

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

ADRIAN NAGEL ROMANIA SI | SS
MARK GREEN ENGLAND SI | SS
NICOLAE IORDACHESCU ROMANIA SI | SS
MICHAEL CORMACK ENGLAND  SS
GERARDO NAZZARO ITALY SI | SS
 JESSIE BURKE IRELAND SS

World Judge

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

KAREL BOURA CZECH REPUBLIC  SS
BRIAN CAMPBELL NORTHERN IRELAND  SS
ANDREI TRIPA ROMANIA SI | SS
GORDON MCKEVITT IRELAND SS
CHRISTOPHER MCFEELY NORTHERN IRELAND SS

Continental Referee

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

DAVID BRASHAM NORTHERN IRELAND SS
TONY LOGAN  IRELAND SS
MARIUS MIRICA ROMANIA SI | SS
JOSEPH BRENNAN IRELAND   SS
LUIS ADAGILSON SOMBRA BRASIL SS
BRIAN WHEELAN IRELAND SS
FRAN NAGLE IRELAND SS

Continental Judge

Name Country

Qualification

S. IPON | S. SAMBON

OUKDE FIRAS CZECH REPUBLIC  SS
 TONY DILLON IRELAND SS
 OTELLO ZULIANI ITALY SS
 KEVIN MCKENNA IRELAND  SS
ALBERTO ISOLDI ITALY SS
LUCIANO MASCI ITALY SS
 MARK GEOGHEGAN IRELAND SS
 DEAN SIAS SOUTH AFRIKA  SS