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Message from Shuseki-Shihan

Against coronavirus infectious disease

Against coronavirus infectious disease

With the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the State of Emergency was declared by Japan Government, and nobody knows when the situation will be over. Under current situation, you may feel unease day by day.

In order to overcome this unprecedented crisis, we believe that it is important for each of us to take the reality seriously, prevent the spread of infection, prevent the collapse of medical care, and reduce the risk of infection.

Due to this situation, we had no other choice than to cancel or postpone this year’s tournament. Thank you for your understanding.

We have been taught that we can develop mental strength and physical body through the training that overcome the tangible and intangible challenge in Karate. I think this time of emergency is the time when the true value of training is tested.

Based on this teaching, let’s work together by keep self-discipline and moderate attitude and to be a model for people.


Masaaki Ueki
Public interest incorporated association Japan Karate Association

Message from the Chairman of JKA
Prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection

Prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection
Dear Overseas Members,

On April 7, the Japanese government declared a State of Emergency as the infection of Covid-19 is spreading globally, giving a significant impact on people’s lives. Members of the JKA are having difficulty to practice Karate under uneasy and restricted conditions.

Under the circumstances, the JKA have decided to cancel the 63rd National Karatedo Championships, which were scheduled to be held in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture in June, and the 63rd Elementary and Junior High School Karatedo Championships scheduled to be held in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture in September. In addition, we have decided to postpone until next year, Funakoshi Gichin Cup the 15th World Karatedo Championships which was scheduled to be held in Takasaki City from October 23 to October 25.

We apologize for the inconvenience to those who have been preparing for these competitions, but what we are required now is that each and every one of us think and act properly as a responsible citizen. We would like to ask all JKA members to understand the seriousness of this situation and cooperate to prevent the spread of infection and ensure the health and safety for all of us.

We must be prepared to fight the Covid-19 for a long period of time. But if we work together, we will prevail and will be able to see a bright light of hope for the days to come. So we wish you to take special care not to give in to viruses, and we look forward to seeing you with a big smile again soon.

Sincerely yours,


Kusahara Katsuhide
Japan Karate Association