IOC (International Olympic Committee)
Is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement. Acting as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family, from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), the athletes, the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), to the TOP partners, broadcast partners and United Nations agencies, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) shepherds success through a wide range of programmes and projects. On this basis it ensures the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, supports all affiliated member organisations of the Olympic Movement and strongly encourages, by appropriate means, the promotion of the Olympic values.
USOC (United States Olympic Committee)
Is U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and to preserve the Olympic Ideals, thereby inspiring all Americans.
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic Movement throughout the country.
In addition to its international Games responsibilities and its work to advance the Olympic Movement, the USOC aids America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes through their National Governing Bodies, providing financial support and jointly working to develop customized, creative and impactful athlete-support and coaching education programs.
WKF (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 recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year. The headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain. The styles recognised by the WKF are
Goju Ryu, Shito Ryu, Shotokan and Wado Ryu.
PKF (Panamerica Karate Federation)
The PUKO was founded on October 1, 1975. The foundation took place in the “Mayfair” room of the Queen Hotel Mary in Long Beach, California during the 3rd World championships. The founding countries were Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA and Venezuela.The Karate participates for the first time in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1993 in Ponce, Puerto Rico and for the first time in the Pan-American Games in 1995 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. It was during the Pan-American Championship of 1995 in Medellín that the new Statutes of the PUKO were approved and at the same time change the name of the organization was changed to Panamerican Karate Federation (P.K.F.).
On April 14th, 1996, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) voted to sanction USA Karate as a member. This membership met with unanimous approval.
As the National Governing Body for the sport of Karate in the United States, USA Karate responsibilities include:
The development and fielding of Junior and Adult Karate Athletes to international events and competitions representing the United States Serving all membership classes represented on the Board of Directors Representing the United States within the designated International Federation (I.F.) under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.). National Championships As the largest Karate Organization in the United States in “nature, quality, scope and strength” as determined by the Amateur Sports Act and the USOC, the USA-NKF remains a nonprofit 501c3 organization open to all martial arts practitioners. It is an organization dedicated to the growth and promulgation of all types of Karate in our country.
Some of the competitive opportunities through the USA-NKF include:
The World Championships
The Pan American Games
The Pan American Championships
The World Cup
The World Games
The University Games
The Police Games
The Jr. Cadet International Championships
The Jr. World Championships
The Jr. Olympics
Goodwill Invitational Tournaments