On this day….(January 22)

On this day, 22 January 1964, the British Karate Federation (BKF) formally accepted the Japan Karate Association’s (JKA) invitation to become their agents in Great Britain, in response to a letter dated 19 December 1963.

In the letter, written by Vernon Bell to Masatomo Takagi, the BKF agreed to the following terms with the JKA:

  • The payment of a registration fee to the JKA.
  • The wording of the official registration diploma to include all domains coming under the legal jurisdiction of Great Britain.
  • Anyone wishing to join the JKA would have to first become a member of the BKF.
  • Anyone wishing to join JKA  could not do so directly. They would have to do so through the national federation of the county acting as as the JKA’s representative.
  • An official certificate of affiliation would only be forwarded by the JKA headquarters once the registration fee to therm had been paid and also the terms for membership had been agreed.
  • The BKF would be the only authorized association to conduct gradings and confer belts on behalf of the JKA.
  • Ranks above 3rd kyu could only be conferred by a JKA approved examiner.

In the same letter Bell also inquired about the Shodan diploma and badge that were promised to him.

Author: Patrick Donkor

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