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

 
ROBERT MUSIL ( Czech Republic)

ROBERT MUSIL ( Czech Republic)

Member

 
Abdulla Imtiaz (South Afrika)

Abdulla Imtiaz (South Afrika)

Member

 

Statutes and Regulations

Ikunion statutes

The latest competition 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
MICHAEL CORMACK
ENGLAND
 SS
GERARDO NAZZARO
ITALY
SI | SS
KAREL BOURA
CZECH REPUBLIC
SS
VICENZO SARAPPA
ITALY
SI | 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

LUIS  SOMBRA
BRAZIL
SS
WAGNER ANGELONI
BRAZIL
SS
OTELLO ZULIANI
ITALY
SS
ALBERTO ISOLDI
ITALY
SS
LUCIANO MASCI
ITALY
SS
MARIUS MIRICA
ROMANIA
SS
GORDON MCKEVITT
IRELAND
SS
CHRISTOPHER MCFEELY
NOTHERN IRELAND
SS
BRIAN CAMPBELL
NORTHERN IRELAND
SS

 

Continental Judge

Name

Country

Qualification

S. IPPON | S. SANBON

DAVID BRISHAM
NORTHERN IRELAND
 SS
 TONY LONG
IRELAND
SS
 BRIAN WHEELAN
IRELAND
SS
JOSEPH BRENNAN
IRELAND
 SS
CLERSON FABRICIO FERREIRA SANTOS
BRASIL
SS
ANDREEA MARIA DA SILVA
BRAZIL
SS
FRANCISCO ASSIS BEZERRA
BRAZIL
SS
IOANA NEAGU
ROMANIA
 SS
 SOUAD BILALOGH
ENGLAND
 SS
RAFAELA YASMINE DE SOUZA FERREIRA
BRAZIL
 SS
INGRID PONTES
BRAZIL
 SS
CLOUIS DUARTE
BRAZIL
 SS
GILBERTO JORGE DE VASCONCELOS
BRAZIL
 SS
VILSON RICARDO MOREIRA SILVEIRO
BRAZIL
SS
JOSE DE ARIMATEIA
BRAZIL
SS