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Unity Meeting of Karate Osaka japan under the WKPF
Meeting press conference of Karate Osaka, Japan 1996
Competition and Development for all
Jujitsu Posture
Efforts by the World Karate Promotion Foundation and United World Martial Arts Federation to Unify All Karate - Failed


After  15 years since the historic signing of the Joint  Statement which included the  TRADITIONAL Karate under the leadership of late Hideki Nishiyama and WKF under the leadership of late Jacques Delcourt,   and signed by both parties under the leadership of late Soke Kunio Tatsuno supported by Sosai Chodoin Daikaku and many others, jointly appointed convened which reintroduced karate back into the IOC for its inclusion into the future  Olympic  Games,  and after the appointment of Joint  Working  Commission   ( JWC) with  Imtiaz Abdulla representing   World Karate  Federation and Rajeev Sinha representing   TRADITIONAL Karate, as the only surviving member since the appointment of the JWC  in 1996,  decided to re-evaluate the progress made towards the unification of karate and the inclusion of unified karate into the future  Olympic  Games.

Progress report

After analysing the mandate of the Joint  Statement and re-evaluating of the mandate of the JWC, the surviving members decided to explore the track record of the unification process and Olympic inclusion program.   It is with great disappointment that the JWC, after allowing this process to continue for 15 years, must re-establish itself.  It further reports that both the unification process and the Olympic inclusion have failed dismally.

It is therefore  resolved  that the JWC will return to the founding   documents  of Unification  and restructure itself as the United World Martial Arts Federation which was developed for this purpose together with the World Karate Promotion Foundation in 1992, as guided  by the IOC,  through the 101st Unification   Statutes  as developed by the  IOC Legal Commission and adopted by the  IOC Monte  Carlo Congress,  as the guiding  document   for the unification   of all karate  into one federation taking into consideration that there are two types of karate,  General  Karate  and Traditional  Karate  with  two  commissions   to develop  and future  develop karate,  it further  resolved  that  the JWC will start  a new process  of achieving its mandate  which  shall include:-

1. Unification of all karate into one Federation with all karate competition formats and all styles.

2. Expansion of the JWC to include all five continents.

3. Review and recommend improvements to the 101st Unification   documents   and propose steps towards unifying karate and developing   the acceptable legal framework   and structure to achieve unification   and improving karate for the benefit of all karate-ka worldwide without losing the enormous values of Budo

4. Work with all karate organizations and relevant structures towards achieving these objectives.

With a vast membership in over 100 countries, the United World Martial Arts Federation (UWMAF) is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization.


More importantly, the UWMAF is the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of martial arts based on the ancient ASIAN tradition of Bushido (the way of the samurai). Our mission is to promote this way of martial arts throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.


What is Martial Arts and Martial Competition?

Martial Arts is not a game of points, weight classes or showy demonstrations. Martial arts is a way of life that trains a practitioner to be peaceful; but if the the conflict is unavoidable, true martial arts dictates taking down an opponent with a single blow.

Such an action requires strength, speed, focus, and control. But these physical aspects are only part of the practice; they are just the vehicle, not the journey itself.

True martial arts and competition are based on Bushido. In true martial arts and competition, the body, mind and spirit—the whole person—must be developed simultaneously.


Through Kihon (Basics/Fundamentals), Kumite (Fighting/S[arring) and kata (Forms). we learn to control our movements. But more importantly, we learn to give up control too. We can perform the techniques without thinking about them and remain focused without having to concentrate on any one thing. In essence, the body remembers how to move and the mind remembers how to be still.

This harmonious unity of mind and body is intensely powerful. Even the greatest physical strength and skill are no match for the power of wholeness.


The result of true martial arts and competition is natural, effortless action, and confidence, humility, openness and peace only possible through the perfect unity of mind and body.

  • When you join the UWMAF, you gain access to many benefits of membership.

  • Primarily, of course, you get continual guidance from highly skilled, certified instructors, experienced evaluations for referees and coaches,

  • the right to participate in local and international UWMAF karate tournaments, and dozens of other practical advantages.

But the best reason to join is for martial arts itself.

  • martial arts is not an easy art or competition. But it is an art and a competition. And like any art or meaningful competition endeavour the more you put into it, the more it will repay you.

  • Martial Arts enrich you physically, mentally and spiritually—developing your body, your mind and your character. Especially at the UWMAF.



Because the UWMAF is The Unifiers of all Traditional and Modern Martial Arts.

Our martial arts are united, most demanding and most traditional martial arts in all formats World United Martial Arts exists in over 100 countries with some of the best martial arts worldwide.

We see it not as a sport, but as a whole way of life. And that is always our emphasis: the whole. The goal is to help you develop every aspect of who you are.


How to Join the UWMAF

National Membership Application Procedures

All National Membership applications must be evaluated and approved by UWMAF HQ.

  • The first step in affiliating your group with the UWMAF is to contact us at    Email:

  • The headquarters office will review your application and its activities and discuss your affiliation with the National, Regional or Continental UWMAF headquarters.

  • Together they will make a determination as to whether or not the affiliation should be approved.

  • Upon approval, notification will be sent from the World UWMAF HQ to your federation as well as to your National, Regional or Continental headquarters.

  • When you receive such notification, please contact your nearest authorised UWMAF representative, who will provide you with information on the next steps.


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