USA National Karate-do Federation

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USA National Karate-do Federation
JurisdictionUnited States
AbbreviationUSA Karate
FoundedApril 14, 1996[1][2]
AffiliationWorld Karate Federation
Regional affiliationNorth America
Location1631 Mesa Ave., Ste A1, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Official website
United States

USA National Karate-do Federation is the national governing body (NGB) of karate for the United States Olympic Committee and as such is the official Member National Association (MNA) of the World Karate Federation (WKF) in the United States.[3][2]

The organization has complete authority over all decisions regarding U.S. national junior and senior team selections for World Karate Federation events. The tournaments that are held by the USA-NKF are big and nationwide and many famous martial artists attend the events. The USA Open is one of the largest international Black belt-only events in the world.

Every year the USA-NKF holds a competition, generally referred to as Nationals, where all the people who qualified in one of the many Qualifiers around the USA compete in different categories for the National Champion title.

The divisions are:


The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was the official organization responsible for the running of all amateur sports in the United States, established in 1888. The AAU was officially charged with the organization and operation of many sports in the US. During this time, Karate was one of the committees in the organization and was not an independent governing body.

The Amateur Sports Act of 1978 enabled the governance of sports in the US by organizations other than the AAU. This act made each sport set up its own National governing body (NGB). Each of these governing bodies would be part of the United States Olympic Committee, but would not be run by the Committee. Thus, The USA Karate Federation was born.

USA National Karate-do Federation is the latest of previous organizations to claim to represent Karate in the United States.[4][5][6]USA National Karate-do Federation replaces USA Karate Federation.[2][7]


  1. ^ "About Us". USA National Karate-do Federation. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Black Belt". Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "Interview With Tokey Hill". CNN. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Inc, Active Interest Media (January 1, 1988). "Black Belt". Active Interest Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Black Belt. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "AAU Rebuilds Karate". Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hajime". Retrieved November 10, 2014.

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