What is the United World Karate Federation?

The Constitution of United World Karate Federation

United World Karate Federation (UWKF)

STATUTES

Preamble

1. Definition

2. Aims

3. Structure

4. Membership

5. Participation in Competitions and Medical Codes

6. Official Languages

7. UWKF Governing Bodies

8. Ordinary Congress

9. Extraordinary Congress

10. Provisions common to discussions and decisions at Ordinary and Extraordinary Congresses

11. Executive Committee

12. Bureau

13. President

14. Vice Presidents

15. General Secretary

16. General Treasurer

17. Technical Directors

18. Place of performance of UWKF Tasks

19. Events organized and recognized by the UWKF

20. The spirit of UWKF Karate

21. Accounting period

22. Income and Expenses

23. Audit of Accounts

24. Grades and “Dan” Ranks

25. UWKF Honors and Awards

26. Amendments to the Statutes

27. Specific Regulations

28. Expulsion ‐Resignation ‐Suspension

29. UWKF Arbitral Tribunal

30. Disciplinary Commission of the first instance

31. Disciplinary Appeal Commission

32. Ethics Commission

33. Rights related to the UWKF events

34. Dissolution

PREAMBLE:

The United World Karate Federation of is composed of National, Continent, Regional and Continental UWKF Karate members.

Each Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation of member must be recognized as the sole authority to represent its Continent, Region or National in all karate sporting activities bodies by its sports Committee, which itself is duly recognized by the National Government

The major development of UWKF Karate World-wide made it necessary to create National Federations. These Federations are in charge of implementing the policy of the United World Karate Federation in the Continent, Continent, Regional and National sporting structures

UWKF Karate was created in 2004 by unification of all karate styles namely Shotokan, Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu, Wado Ryu and Full Contact with three distinct karate formats namely Traditional Karate, General Karate and Full Contact into International Karate Federation as a united federation representing all karate. UWKF Karate is a highly codified sport in which the mind controls the expression of the body and is a sport which contributes to educating individuals.

Beyond competitions and combat, UWKF Karate involves technical research, practice of katas, kata analysis and application, physical preparation and sharpening of spirit.

As a discipline derived from ancestral traditions of karate-do from Okinawa and Japan, UWKF Karate adopts the principles of Okinawan and Japanese Karate Budo manner, and development as an eminently modern and progressive activity.

The United World Karate Federation of was incorporated in Tokyo Japan on the 10th March 2015, previously known as the United World Karate Association founded in 1992, as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) for the unity, development and preparation of karate-ka to create a better life for all its members and supporters.

ARTICLE 1 – DEFINITIONS

1.1 STATUTES

The “Statutes” shall mean all provisions contained in this document, which have been duly approved, together with any addendums and/or appendices which may complete, amend or substitute for this document. The Preamble constitutes an integral part hereof. These Statutes replace the previous statutes.

1.2 UWKF

The United World Karate Federation of (hereinafter referred to as the “UWKF”), is a not for profit Association founded for an unlimited period of time. Its seat is in South Africa or as determined by the Congress.

The UWKF is a non-political organization. It shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, gender or political opinion. In the UWKF Statutes, Regulations and Decisions, the masculine gender is used to designate all private individuals, but shall encompass both males and females, unless there is a specific provision to the contrary.

1.3 CONTINENTAL, CONTINENT, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL FEDERATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

The term “Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation” shall refer to a Member of the UWKF.

Each National Federation is a member of one of UWKF Karate recognized Continents, Regions.

Each Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation of becomes a member of the UWKF or loses such membership per decision of the NEC.

The liability of Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation as members of the UWKF is limited.

All Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation of undertake to contribute to the assets of the UWKF.

In the event the NPO is wound up, all Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation of which are members at that time and for one (1) year afterwards, agree to pay the debts and liabilities of the NPO contracted before they cease to be members, as well as the costs, charges and expenses of winding up. For the adjustment of the rights of the contributors among themselves, such amount as may be required must not exceed ten Euros (________ €).

The term “Continental, Region and National Member” shall refer to the Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation of karate structure accepted by UWKF of a single member per Continent, Region or National Federation which are Members of the UWKF.

Membership shall be granted to and withdrawn from each Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federation per decision of the NEC.

The decisions of the NEC to recognize a structure as a Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federation or to withdraw from a structure its capacity of Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federation must be made based on the capability of this structure to ensure the function of a Continent, Continent, Regional or National Federation in the interest of the sport of UWKF Karate.

The main criteria used to assess the capability of the structure to act in the interest of UWKF Karate shall be the number of unified UWKF National Federations and spread of karate throughout in the Continental, Continent, Regional and National Federation which are members of the structure claiming to have the capacity of Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federation status.

Each Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federation is made up of the relevant countries, except in the case of exceptional derogations authorized by the NEC.

Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federations are in charge of implementing the policies of the UWKF.

The liability of Continent, Regional or National Federations as members is limited.

All Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federations undertake to contribute to the assets of the UWKF.

In the event the NPO is wound up, all Continental, Continent, Regional or National Federations which are members at that time and for one (1) year afterwards, agree to pay the debts and liabilities of the NPO contracted before they cease to be members, as well as the costs, charges and expenses of winding up. For the adjustment of the rights of the contributors among themselves, such amount as may be required must not exceed ______________( $).

1.5 MEMBERS

A “Member” shall mean any independent person, dojo, continent, region or National Federation which country or structure is recognized the United Nations can become of UWKF and which has a flag and National anthem.

1.6 PRESIDENT

The term “President” shall mean the President of the UWKF. The President represents the organization in all matters concerning the UWKF with all parties and stakeholders.

1.7 VICE PRESIDENT

The term “Vice President” shall mean one of the Vice Presidents of the UWKF representation the five (5) Continents and represents the UWKF in all matters concerning the Continent.

1.8 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The term “EXECUTIVE Director” shall mean EXECUTIVE Directors of the UWKF. The EXECUTIVE Director is responsible for all operations of the UWKF and represents the UWKF in all legal, financial, and operational issues concerning the UWKF.

1.9 GENERAL TREASURER

The term “General Treasurer” shall mean the General Treasurer of the UWKF. The General Treasurer is responsible for all issues concerning the financial aspects of the UWKF including, financial management, financial contractual issues and any aspects relating to any financial nature.

1.10 BUREAU