Chronology

Chronology

History of the Japan Karate Association

November, 1948
The Japan Karate Association was founded and Funakoshi Gichin was Inaugurated as the supreme master.
March 20, 1955
The Japan Karate Association established its headquarters dojo in Shinjuku Yotsuya, Tokyo.
April, 1956
The headquarters launched its trainee system (First ever student admission).
April 26, 1957
Funakoshi Gichin passed away at the age of 88.
October 20, 1957
Japan’s first All Japan Karate Championship was held on Tokyo gymnasium.
Since then, a yearly celebration of All Japan Karate Championship was conducted.
April 10, 1958
JKA was approved by the Minister of Education as an incorporated corporation (permission committee No.180).
1958
Master Nakayama Masatoshi was inaugurated as Chief Instructor in 1958.
1961
The Crown Prince bestowed his presence during the 5th All Japan Karate Championship.
1962
All Japan Karatedo Tournament was held in Kyushu Fukuoka and was conducted 8 times since then.
1964
All Japan Karate Championship was postponed to give way for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
1965
The 8th All Japan Karate Championship was held at Nippon Budokan.
1975
The IAKF world Karatedo Championship was held (USA) and conducted every 2 years until the 4th Championship.
April 20, 1976
Master Miyata Minoru passed away at the age of 60.
1983
All Japan Karatedo Camp was arranged by the organizers (Katsuura training center, Nippon Budokan) and was conducted yearly thereafter.
1985
The 1st SHOTO CUP World Karate Championship was held and conducted every 3 years thereafter.
April 15, 1987
Chief Instructor Nakayama Masatoshi passed away at the age of 74.
1991
Master Sugiura Motokuni was Inaugurated as the chief instructor.
2010
Master Ueki Masaaki was Inaugurated as the chief instructor.
April 1, 2012
The cabinet office certified Japan Karate Association as a Public Interest Incorporated Association (government benefit no. 2749).

The Japan Karate Association is a Public Interest Incorporated Association certified by the Cabinet Office and is committed to cultivate youth with quality.
The Prime Minister Cup and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports Cup are awarded to the national convention hosted by the Society.