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Karate Canada

Karate Canada, National Karate Association (NKA)
FounderMas Tsuruoka
TypeSports association
FocusDevelopment of karate as a sport in Canada
Area served
Canadian provinces and territories

Karate Canada is the national association representing the sport of karate in Canada. Formerly the National Karate Association (NKA) of Canada, the organization was founded by Masami Tsuruoka.[1]

In 1964, Masami Tsuruoka and four other karate instructors incorporated the association in the cities of Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Quebec City, and Tsuruoka was elected the first president of the organization.[2] The NMA was organized to promote and develop the art of traditional karate in Canada into a respected sport and to provide a framework for Canadian competitors to gain international recognition.[3]

In March 2009 the NKA assembled its National Council, chairs of key committees, athlete representatives and select provincial and territorial representatives for a strategic planning retreat where they voted to investigate changing the name of the organization to Karate Canada.[4]

Today Karate Canada represents several traditional karate styles active in Canada. Karate Canada includes all ten provinces and two territories and is recognized as the national sport governing body of karate in Canada by the Canadian Federal Government. It is partially funded through Sport Canada.[2] Each province and territory has a local organization which represents their interests and concerns at the national level, and is responsible for the standards and development of traditional karate within their respective provincial or territorial jurisdictions.[2]

Karate Canada is the only national Canadian karate organization recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Pan American Games. Karate Canada conducts annual competitions, and the winners are the only karate athletes recognized as national champions by the COC and Sport Canada.[5]

External links


  1. ^ "Shotokan Karate-Do Student Manual" (PDF). National Karate Association of Canada. School of Martial Arts Shotokan Karate-Do. 2008. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  2. ^ a b c "History of Karate Style Blocks & Chart". Canada Seiwa Kai. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  3. ^ Duchesney, Morgan (First Quarter 2006). "Karate Organizations: A Theoretical Approach". National Karate Association of Canada. Originally published in Uchinadi Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  4. ^ "Strategic Planning Retreat" (PDF). Karate Canada. 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  5. ^ "Sport Karate in Canada". Kuma Martial Arts. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-21.

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