Mission & Vision

The IKU is a non-political, non-profit organisation, 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.

 

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.

 

Why is the IKU needed within the current climate of World Karate?

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.

Is it possible to offer International opportunity to all whilst also allowing athletes true representation at World level?

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.

Aims and Objectives

The IKU is an organisation 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.

Organisation Structure

President

Gilles Willemin (Brazil)

Gilles Willemin (Brazil)

President

 

Board of Directors

Riccardo Mosco (Italy)

Riccardo Mosco (Italy)

Vice-President

 

Mihai Horia Cioroianu (Romania)

Mihai Horia Cioroianu (Romania)

Director

 

Sergey Rostovtev (Russia)

Sergey Rostovtev (Russia)

Vice-President

 

B.K Bharat (India)

B.K Bharat (India)

Director

 

General Secretary

Riccardo Mosco (Italy)

Riccardo Mosco (Italy)

General Secretary

 

Technical Committee

Stefano Pucci (Italy)

Stefano Pucci (Italy)

President

 

Nicolae Iordachescu (Romania)

Nicolae Iordachescu (Romania)

Member

 

Lucho Huaman (Peru)

Lucho Huaman (Peru)

Member

 

Pat Wheelan (Ireland)

Pat Wheelan (Ireland)

Member

 

Mikael Vodolazov (Russia)

Mikael Vodolazov (Russia)

Member-Contact sector

 

Disabilities Karate

Marina Regules (Argentina)

Marina Regules (Argentina)

Responsible karate for athletes with disabilities

 

Referee Committee

Nagel Adrian (Romania)

Nagel Adrian (Romania)

President

 

Adriano Cosma (Italy)

Adriano Cosma (Italy)

Member

 

Mark Green (England)

Mark Green (England)

member

 

Coordinators of Continental Referees

Luiz Adagilson Sombra (Brazil)

Luiz Adagilson Sombra (Brazil)

Coordinator of Panamerican Referees

 

Disciplinary & Arbitration Committee

Ian Cuthbert (England)

Ian Cuthbert (England)

Member

 

Mario Conestabo (Italy)

Mario Conestabo (Italy)

Member

 

Abdulla Imtiaz (South Afrika)

Abdulla Imtiaz (South Afrika)

Member

 

IKU Media manager

Andrei Tripa (Romania)

Andrei Tripa (Romania)

Media manager

 

Statutes and Regulations

Ikunion statutes

The latest competition rules

IKU REFEREES RULES

IKU Judges and Referees

Chief Referee

Name

Country

Qualification

S. IPPON | S. SANBON

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. IPPON | S. SANBON

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. IPPON | S. SANBON

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. IPPON | S. SANBON

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

Continental Judge

Name

Country

Qualification

S. IPPON | S. SANBON

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
 FRANCISCO BEZERRA BRAZIL  SS
 GILBERTO JORGE BRAZIL  SS
 ANDREIA MARIA SILVA BRAZIL  SS
 FABRICIO CLERSON BRAZIL  SS
 JULIANNE BEZERRA BRAZIL  SS