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
NICOLAE IORDACHESCU
ROMANIA
SI | SS
MICHAEL CORMACK
ENGLAND
 SS
GERARDO NAZZARO
ITALY
SI | SS
TAYLOR ANTHONY
IRELAND
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
VINCENZO SARAPPA
ITALY
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

VISHNYAKOV SERGEY

RUSSIA

SI/SS

TKACHUK NADECHDA

RUSSIA

SI/SS

SULEYMANOVA ELLADA

RUSSIA

SI/SS

ROGOZHEN ALEXANDR

RUSSIA

SS

 RUIZ DE LA TORE MANUEL

RUSSIA

SS

RAVINDER KUMAR BHARAT

INDIA

SS

RAM DAYAL P

INDIA

SS

SIKANDAR SINGH

INDIA

SS

ABDULLAH AL MAMUN

BANGLADESH

SS