History

 

The term “karate” (or “karate-do”) can be translated as “Way of the Empty hand”; it designates both a traditional martial art and a modern combat sport which was originally developed in Okinawa (Japan).

Karate was disseminated across the globe during the 20th century, and very quickly became an extremely popular activity, thanks to the numerous benefits, healthy lifestyle and wholesome values which it promotes. It is currently estimated that there are approximately 100 million karate practitioners worldwide.

Sport Karate

Karate has developed and evolved into a very well-structured and organized global sport. The World Karate Federation was formed in 1990, and is the largest international governing body of sport karate, with over 130 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members.

 

 

The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior World Karate Championships, which are each held every other year, and continental organizations such as the Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) hold Junior and Senior Continental Championships every year, assembling the best athletes from all member national federations (such as the Pan American Karate Championships, which Karate Canada sends National Teams to each year). Karate is also featured in the program of the Pan American Games & European Games (major international multi-sport events held every 4 years).

Much to the joy of the international karate community, the International Olympic Committee has recently announced that karate will be featured in the program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).

Key Benefits

The practice of karate (whether in its more traditional form or as a modern sport) provides numerous benefits to participants of every age, such as:

 

  • improved health and physical condition
    (strength, balance, flexibility, cardio-vascular health, coordination…)

  • improved focus, concentration and energy

  • acquisition of self-defense skills

  • increased self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect...

 

 

 

 

Other Key Features…

 

Core Life Skills:

Karate builds character, and it teaches and promotes important values and life skills, such as: discipline, respect, perseverance, integrity, honor, sportsmanship, problem resolution skills, non-violent conflict resolution…

 

Karate is for Everyone:

Karate is accessible to all (including male and female participants at any age, and athletes with disabilities) and unlike many other sports, its practice is very affordable. All you really need, in order to get a great workout and to learn, is a uniform (gi) and access to a recognized dojo (club and instructor)!

Challenging yet Regulated:

While dynamic and exciting, modern Olympic-style (WKF) karate is the safest of combat sports, with very strict kumite (sparring) rules prohibiting excessive contact, well-trained expert officials, and competent medical staff present at every major event.

 

Universal:

Karate is a universal sport, being practiced everywhere in the world. It is one of the most popular of all the Olympic sports, especially with young athletes, and transcends all cultural and social barriers.

 

 

 

 

  What is Karate Canada?

 

About Karate Canada:

 

Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation constituted under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada. We are the only Heritage / Sport Canada-recognized National governing body for the sport of karate in Canada.

 

 

 

 

Our Vision:

 

“Our goal is to become a world class and highly efficient nationwide system aimed at promoting the growth, development and excellence of karate in Canada. “

 

 

 

Our Mission / purpose:

 

“We lead and partner to create an environment and system conducive to success at all levels.”

 

 

 

Our Core Principles and Values:

 

• Our people and members always come first.

• We are driven by excellence in everything we do.

• We believe in the power of the Team.

• We are driven by high ethical standards.

 

 

 

Staff and Volunteers:

 

While its success is largely dependant on the invaluable contribution of countless dedicated volunteers, Karate Canada has a professionally run office, including three full-time staff, and also works with numerous other contractual consultants and contributors (National Team and Regional Training Centre Coaches, Events Manager, High Performance Consultant…).

 

 

 

 

History:

 

Karate was introduced in Canada by Mr. Masami Tsuruoka, who had studied in Japan in the 1940s under Tsuyoshi Chitose.
In 1954, Mr. Tsuruoka initiated the first karate competition in Canada and laid the foundation for the National Karate Association.
The National Karate Association was officially founded in 1963, and has been growing and thriving ever since.
It adopted its new name, “Karate Canada”, in 2010.

Scope & Activities:

 

Karate Canada and its 10 member Provincial and Territorial Associations assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Registrants vastly vary in age and level, ranging from 4 year old white belts to black belts and multiple Dan (degree) holders in their sixties and seventies.

 

Karate Canada holds and participates in numerous events, and administers numerous nationally recognized programs directly offered to members of registered member Associations, such as:

 

 

  • Canadian National Karate Championships

  • Regional and / or sanctioned Open Championships such as the Atlantic Canadian Championships, Western Canadian Championships, Canada Open, etc.

  • Hosting of international events (such as Junior Pan American Championships, North American Cups and Commonwealth Championships…)

  • Selection and support of Junior and Senior National Teams (training camps, international competitions, Carding program…)

  • National and Regional Clinics for training and certification of official Karate Canada, PKF & WKF-recognized Officials  (referees and judges)

  • the development and roll out of the National Coach Certification Program (in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada)and other educational opportunities for Coaches

  • the promotion of a stage-appropriate LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) model for all participants, endorsed & recommended by Heritage/Sport Canada

  • Para Karate program (for athletes with disabilities)

  • Recognized Karate Canada technical certifications (Dan grading & rankings)

  • Karate Canada’s Summit, a renowned annual event assembling the national membership, and offering technical seminars with internationally renowned guest instructors, educational upgrades and certifications, and interest seminars for all registrants

  • Nationwide dissemination of information and news about Canadian karate and its community in both official languages, via our website, Newsletter, social media, etc.

 

 

 

Recognition:

 

Karate Canada is the only karate organization legitimately recognized, supported and funded by the Canadian government, via Heritage Canada / Sport Canada. Its member Provincial and Territorial Karate Associations are also all recognized by their respective provincial / territorial governments.

 

Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation, the Pan American Karate Federation and the Commonwealth Karate Federation.

 

  Why Become a Registrant?

  – Countless Benefits for All:

Sole Official and Recognized Governing Body for Karate in Canada

 

  • Karate Canada is the only legitimate national sport governing body for karate recognized, supported and funded by the Canadian government, via Heritage Canada / Sport Canada.

  • Karate Canada is a sport partner / member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

  • Karate Canada is the only national karate association recognized by and working with the Coaching Association of Canada, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, Athletes Can and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

  • Karate Canada is the only Canadian karate organization to be a member of the World Karate Federation, the Pan American Karate Federation and the Commonwealth Karate Federation.

 

Quality of Instruction in Affiliated / Registered Clubs / Dojos

 

  • Karate Canada has developed and promotes the implementation of LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development, an approach originally developed and strongly supported by Sport Canada) principles in club / dojo education nationwide.
  • Club instructors in affiliated clubs / dojos have access to and are strongly encouraged to take part in sport-specific, level-appropriate NCCP (National Coach Education Program) courses, thus ensuring quality of instruction.



  • Karate Canada offers numerous quality educational opportunities for all registered instructors / coaches and club / dojo owners / administrators, at events such as the annual Summit and National Championships.

  • Peace of mind: most recognized Provincial / Territorial Karate Associations offer some accident / medical insurance coverage / benefits to registrants training in their affiliated clubs / dojos.

Quality Competition Network and Opportunities

 

  • Being a registrant with Karate Canada and its member Provincial / Territorial Associations offers access to a vast network of quality, well-run competitive events (in both kata and kumite) for every level, including local, regional, Provincial / Territorial and National Championships, sanctioned Open tournaments, etc. For every such event, organizers apply WKF rules, ensure that safety is paramount, offer quality officiating, as well as offer modern and adequate facilities, conditions, equipment and set up.

 

  • Registered athletes and coaches gain access to the Provincial and National Team selection process, programs and activities (including numerous training camps, support at domestic and international competitions, individual athlete support –AAP, or Carding, etc.).
  • Membership in Karate Canada is the exclusive gateway leading top athletes to potential participation in the Pan American and Olympic Games.
  • Karate Canada offers quality training and development opportunities for all its Officials  (judges and referees), via a comprehensive Referee Excellence Program, the holding of National, Regional and Provincial Referee Clinics, and support of officials at international competitions.

 

Various Other Activities, Events and Benefits…

 

 

  • Karate Canada promotes accessibility to all participants, through programs such as Para Karate (for athletes with disabilities).

  • Karate Canada’s elected volunteer Board of Directors ensures sound accountability and oversight of the organization in accordance with governmental standards and expectations.

  • Karate Canada adheres to and upholds various policies ensuring modern and effective governance, and protecting its members and registrants, such as a Code of Conduct and Ethics, an Access and Equity Policy, a Protection of Private Information Policy, a Discipline and Complaints Policy, an Appeals Policy, a Conflicts of Interest Policy, etc.

  • Karate Canada offers education on concussion awareness and prevention, as well as Return-to-Play protocols.

  • Karate Canada holds a yearly National Summit, assembling numerous top domestic and international experts, and offering development and education opportunities for all (athletes, instructors and coaches, officials, administrators…).

 

  • Karate Canada offers a Dan certification program, allowing registrants to have their exiting credentials recognized or to be tested and to upgrade their existing Dan level.

  • Becoming a registrant offers you the chance to be part of a powerful collective experience, which brings together as a nation all members of the Canadian karate community.

  • (…)

 

  HOW DO I JOIN?

 

In order to become a registrant with Karate Canada and to take advantage of the numerous benefits mentioned above, all you need to do is to join / register with a club (dojo) that is duly affiliated with one of our recognized, member Provincial / Territorial Associations.

You may find a complete listing of the clubs (dojos) in your area by going through your respective member Provincial / Territorial Karate Association.

 

Here is the complete list of our different member Associations:

 

Newfoundland

& Labrador

Nova-Scotia

Prince

Edward

Island

New

Brunswick

QuÉbec

ONTARIO

MANITOBA

SASKATCHEWAN

ALBERTA

NORTHWEST

TERRITORIES

BRITISH

COLUMBIA

Karate Newfoundland & Labrador

Email: karatenl@gmail.com

 

Karate Nova Scotia

Email: info@karatens.org

 

Karate PEI

Email (Ms. Dawn Brown, President):

dawn.brown@pei.sympatico.ca

dbrown@vogueoptical.com

Karate New Brunswick

Email (Mr. Don Mazerolle, President): djmaz@bellaliant.net

 

 

 

Karaté Québec

Telephone : 514 252-3161

Toll Free: 1-877-karate5

               (1-877-527-2835)

Fax : 514 252-3036

Email : info@karatequebec.com

 

 

Ontario Karate Federation

(Member Association since January 1st, 2017)

Telephone: 416-659-9515

Email: info@onkarate.ca

 

Karate Manitoba

Email: info@karatemanitoba.ca

 

 

 

Prairie Karate Association

(Saskatchewan)

Email (Mr. Colin Rosnes, President):

colinrosnes@sasktel.net

 

 

Karate Alberta

Email: karateinalberta@gmail.com

Northwest Territories Karate Association

Email (Mr. Brent Gibeault, President):

brent@ronsauto.ca

 

Karate BC

(British Columbia)

Telephone: 604-333-3610

Toll Free: 855-806-8126

Fax: 604-333-3612

Email: info@karatebc.org

 

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

  FOR DOWNLOAD

 

REGISTRANT BENEFITS (PDF)

Click here to download a pdf document summarizing the numerous benefits of practicing karate as a registrant of Karate Canada, and of joining a club / dojo which is duly affiliated with one of our member Provincial / Territorial Associations.

 

 

PATHWAY TO OLYMPIC GAMES (PDF)

Click here to view a document which visually illustrates the different steps involved for athletes on the road to Olympics…

 

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Click here to download a pdf document summarizing the numerous benefits of practicing karate as a registrant of Karate Canada, and of joining a club / dojo which is duly affiliated with one of our member Provincial / Territorial Associations.

Click here to view a document which visually illustrates the different steps involved for athletes on the road to Olympics…

The practice of karate (whether in its more traditional form or as a modern sport) provides numerous benefits to participants of every age, such as:

 

  • improved health and physical condition (strength, balance, flexibility, cardio-vascular health, coordination…)

  • improved focus, concentration and energy

  • acquisition of self-defense skills

  • increased self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect...

Other Key Features…

 

Core Life Skills:

Karate builds character, and it teaches and promotes important values and life skills, such as: discipline, respect, perseverance, integrity, honor, sportsmanship, problem resolution skills, non-violent conflict resolution,

 

Karate is for Everyone:

Karate is accessible to all (including male and female participants at any age, and athletes with disabilities) and unlike many other sports, its practice is very affordable. All you really need, in order to get a great workout and to learn, is a uniform (gi) and access to a recognized dojo (club and instructor)!

 

Challenging yet Regulated:

While dynamic and exciting, modern Olympic-style (WKF) karate is the safest of combat sports, with very strict kumite (sparring) rules prohibiting excessive contact, well-trained expert officials, and competent medical staff present at every major event.

 

Universal:

Karate is a universal sport, being practiced everywhere in the world. It is one of the most popular of all the Olympic sports, especially with young athletes, and transcends all cultural and social barriers.

 

About Karate Canada:

 

Karate Canada is a not-for-profit corporation constituted under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, with the objective of describing and incorporating all activities related to the promotion, organization, regulation and popularization of the sport of karate all over Canada, of protecting the physical and emotional health of athletes, and of promoting the interests of karate throughout Canada. We are the only Heritage / Sport Canada-recognized National governing body for the sport of karate in Canada.

 

 

 

 

Our Vision:

 

“Our goal is to become a world class and highly efficient nationwide system aimed at promoting the growth, development and excellence of karate in Canada. “

 

 

 

Our Mission / purpose:

 

“We lead and partner to create an environment and system conducive to success at all levels.”

 

 

 

Our Core Principles and Values:

 

  • Our people and members always come first.

  • We are driven by excellence in everything we do.

  • We believe in the power of the Team.

  • We are driven by high ethical standards.

 

 

 

Staff and Volunteers:

 

While its success is largely dependant on the invaluable contribution of countless dedicated volunteers, Karate Canada has a professionally run office, including three full-time staff, and also works with numerous other contractual consultants and contributors (National Team and Regional Training Centre Coaches, Events Manager, High Performance Consultant…).

 

 

 

 

History:

 

Karate was introduced in Canada by Mr. Masami Tsuruoka, who had studied in Japan in the 1940s under Tsuyoshi Chitose.
In 1954, Mr. Tsuruoka initiated the first karate competition in Canada and laid the foundation for the National Karate Association.
The National Karate Association was officially founded in 1963, and has been growing and thriving ever since.
It adopted its new name, “Karate Canada”, in 2010.

Scope & Activities:

 

Karate Canada and its 10 member Provincial and Territorial Associations assemble roughly 16,000 participants nationwide. Registrants vastly vary in age and level, ranging from 4 year old white belts to black belts and multiple Dan (degree) holders in their sixties and seventies.

Karate Canada holds and participates in numerous events, and administers numerous nationally recognized programs directly offered to members of registered member Associations, such as:

 

  • Canadian National Karate Championships

  • Regional and / or sanctioned Open Championships such as the Atlantic Canadian Championships, Western Canadian Championships, Canada Open, etc.

  • Hosting of international events (such as Junior Pan American Championships, North American Cups and Commonwealth Championships…)

 

  • Selection and support of Junior and Senior National Teams (training camps, international competitions, Carding program…)

 

  • National and Regional Clinics for training and certification of official Karate Canada, PKF & WKF-recognized Officials  (referees and judges)

 

  • the development and roll out of the National Coach Certification Program (in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada)and other educational opportunities for Coaches

 

  • the promotion of a stage-appropriate LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) model for all participants, endorsed & recommended by Heritage/Sport Canada

 

  • Para Karate program (for athletes with disabilities)

 

  • Recognized Karate Canada technical certifications
    (Dan grading & rankings)

  • Karate Canada’s Summit, a renowned annual event assembling the national membership, and offering technical seminars with internationally renowned guest instructors, educational upgrades and certifications, and interest seminars for all registrants

  • Nationwide dissemination of information and news about Canadian karate and its community in both official languages, via our website, Newsletter, social media, etc.

 

Recognition:

 

Karate Canada is the only karate organization legitimately recognized, supported and funded by the Canadian government, via Heritage Canada / Sport Canada. Its member Provincial and Territorial Karate Associations are also all recognized by their respective provincial / territorial governments.

 

Furthermore, Karate Canada is a proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation, the Pan American Karate Federation and the Commonwealth Karate Federation.