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.