an individual capable of fully using the human body’s physical
and mental skills to such a degree that the highest human development
is made possible. This is the goal that all karate practitioners strive
to attain. As such, karate is not simply a series of punching, kicking,
blocking and self-defense techniques. Karate is an art that through
its application promotes mental and physical human development.
As a physical fitness method and form of athletic competition, karate
today enjoys an ever-widening popularity. As an effective method of
self-defense, it has attained worldwide attention and admiration.
As the national karate governing body in the United States, the
Amateur Karate Federation (AAKF) is organized as a public benefit,
non-profit corporation whose purpose is to improve the physical and
mental health of the U.S. public through karate. Internationally,
the AAKF is a member of the Pan-American Karate Union and is the U.S.
Representative to the International Traditional Karate Federation
(ITKF), the world karate governing body.
In the karate world, the United States is among the strongest proponents
of this martial art. This international prominence is the result of
continuing AAKF activity. For example, the U.S. hosted the first international
karate events: The United States vs. Japan Goodwill Matches and the
1st World Invitational Karate Tournament.
Consequently, AAKF karate achievements have garnered wide international
recognition. The U.S. is also the site of the ITKF international headquarters.
Since the passing away of Mr. Hidetaka Nishiyama, Mr. Jorgensen will now serve as the ITKF Chief Executive. As of January 7th, 2010 President of the AAKF is Toru Shimoji and Vice President is Albert Cheah
The AAKF is organized by U.S. karate clubs and organizations that
have found a mutuality of purpose and interests in the aims and objectives
of the corporation. The AAKF is administered democratically.
AAKF activities include:
1. Establishing standards e.g. Competition rules, judging qualifications,
athlete qualifications. The AAKF also sets ranking standards in accordance
with the international standards. It then employs these standards
when it sanctions and conducts national competitions and when granting
internationally recognized ranking recognition to U.S. karate practitioners.
2. Sending the U.S. National Team and Officials to the world championships,
continental tournaments and other international events. Participation
in these events promotes athletic exchange and international goodwill.
3. Planning and executing U.S. karate development programs.
4. Aiding and fostering member club development plans.
5. Supporting karate education, training and related academic initiatives.
6. Promoting the proper understanding of karate to the U.S. public.