Karate is not just about breaking boards, hitting punching bags or how high you can kick or how to scoring points. In true Karate, the body, mind and spirit – the whole person must be developed simultaneously. Through intense practice, the physical and mental action and the confidence, humility, openness and peace is only possible through perfect unity of the body and mind. This is the core teaching of Zen, the basis of Bushido and the cornerstone of the JKA’s Karate philosophy.
JKA – The World’s Foremost Authority on Karate
With a vast membership in over 100 countries, the JKA is the world’s largest and most prestigious karate organization. Recognized heir to the Shotokan karate tradition, it is the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as an association of members Shadan Hojin for the promotion of karate, and granted a tax-free status.
More importantly, the JKA is the preserver of the soul and spirit of the art of kokufu-bunka karate-do-karate based on the ancient Japanese tradition of Bushido (the way of the samurai). Our mission is to promote this way of karate throughout the world, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.