The aim of the World JKA Karate Association is to propagate pure
JKA Shotokan Karate steeped in the teachings and traditional methodology of the Japan Karate Association of the 1960s through
to the early 1980s, prior to the death of Masatoshi Nakayama, and outlined in the Best Karate Series.
The concept of the WJKA was first put to an international board in 1994 in Brussels by Sidoli Sensei and Knobel Sensei at the 2nd JKA Euro-Camp in 1996. The reasoning for this was the fact that they felt that karate-ka from both sides of the JKA (prior to political divisions) should be able to train together and test together.
They proposed that a neutral and non-political 'friendship society' of JKA karate-ka should be created, where no individual association should be in control of any other, allowing autonomy and the freedom to fully develop. Between 1997 and 1999 there were several discussions between the European instructors. At the conclusion of these discussions, all seemed keen to try to amalgamate in the friendship.
The concept was not to create yet another JKA body, but to create a 'union' where everyone was in communication, affording everyone access to instruction, regardless of which association an instructor belonged to.
A meeting was held in Germany in May 2000 between students of Mikami Sensei, Yahara Sensei, Asai Sensei and Ochi Sensei. All agreed on the need for such an organization in order that JKA Karate could still be enjoyed by all, rather than one association being in total control of the mantle of JKA style Karate.
At the 12th (Asai faction) JKA World Karate Championships, held in Cardiff in July 2000, discussions took place between high grade non Japanese instructors.
All agreed with the need to begin the international friendship, and to draw from the experiences of senior karate-ka from around the globe, and at this point the WJKA was born.