About The JKA•WF America Organization

The JKA•WF America, Inc. is affiliated with the Japan Karate Association through membership in its World Federation organization (JKA•WF). It qualifies as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary focus of the corporation is to educate karate students and organize competitions. It is one of more than 100-member countries of the Japan Karate Association (JKA), promoting excellence in karate training.

JKA•WF America upholds the highest standards of JKA Karate in the United States and affiliated countries in the Americas. Our aims through Karate training are the mental and physical well-being of our members and improving one's character.  Provide world-class instruction, competition, and camaraderie of its practitioners, thereby cultivating a sound martial art spirit.

JKA•WF AMERICA LEADERSHIP

Nairman Afkhami - Chairman

Nairman Afkhami

Chairman

Yasuaki Nagatomo - Chief Instructor

Yasuaki Nagatomo

Chief Instructor

Chuck Coburn - Executive Director

Chuck Coburn

Executive Director

The Foundation of the JKA•WF America Organization

The JKA•WF America is based on traditional Japanese martial art philosophy and training as part of everyday life. The tenets of Dojo Kun are to be honored outside of the training hall. Physical, mental and spiritual aspects are all equally vital parts of the student’s training. Not only is the member required to work on improving techniques and developing new skills in the dojo, the member is also expected to set high goals in their day to day life.

JKA•WF America stresses the value of “Educational Karate” through academic pursuits. Striving for academic improvement in school is part of the U.S. martial arts doctrine. We emphasize and nurture the development of member’s self-discipline and aspirations through martial arts training.

JKA•WF AMERICA FOUNDERS

Koyama Sensei

Shojiro Koyama

9th Dan

Shigeru Takashina - 9th Dan

Shigeru Takashina

9th Dan

JKA•WF AMERICA REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Chuck Coburn

Western Region

Neeraj Dhawan

Central

Kent Wang

South Atlantic

Julio Alvarado

Costa Rica

Ernest Lopez

Panama

Matthew Thomas

Washington State

David Stackpole

Virginia

Kenichi Haramoto

GWU - Washington D.C.

Mervin Dixon

San Francisco

Yoshi Harada

Los Angeles

Alberti Thiel

New Mexico

Julian Arruti

Texas

"THE KEEPER OF KARATE'S HIGHEST TRADITION."