The “Japan Karate Association World Federation India Kolkata” (JKAWF India Kolkata), was initiated on 1 January, 2015 as an umbrella organisation comprising few Shotokan groups in India with the mutual agreement to run as non-profit organisation that is to be governed by the JKAWF Tokyo and adhere to its constitution.
The JKAWF INDIA KOLKATA has received the Certificate of Membership from the Japan Karate Association on 17 October, 2015 in JKA Headquarters Tokyo and became a direct branch of JKAWF, Tokyo.
The JKA has appointed Somnath Palchowdhury as Official Representative and (Kaichou) Chairman of JKAWF INDIA KOLKATA.
Japan Karate Association (日本空手協会; Nihon Karate Kyokai; JKA) is the most influential Shotokan karate organisations in the world. It is also one of the oldest (Established in May 1949) and most prestigious karate organisations in the world that continuously in operation till date with a vast membership in over 100 countries. Recognised heir to the Shotokan karate tradition, it is the only legal karate entity officially approved by the Japanese government as a Public Interest Incorporated Association (Kōeki Shadanhōjin;公益社団法人) for the promotion of karate, and granted a tax-free status. There is only one other authorised entity which falls under the umbrella of the JKA: the JKA World Federation (JKAWF;日本空手協会世界連盟). No other organisation shares this 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 country, ensuring that it remains true to the philosophical precepts upon which it was founded.
The JKA WF INDIA KOLKATA is centrally organised and coordinated through JKA WF INDIA KOLKATA HQ, situated in Kolkata, although there are many member groups and branch dojo in different areas of the country.