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European Karate Federation

European Karate Federation
Abbreviation EKF
Formation year 1964[1]
Legal status Federation
Headquarters Madrid
Region served Europe
Membership more than 50 Affiliated Countries
Official language English is the official language. If any question in respect to the sport or technique of Karate, it will be referred to the original Japanese text.
President Antonio Espinos of Spain
Website European Karate Federation

The European Karate Federation (EKF) is the governing body of European Karate Championships, and now organizes Junior, Cadet, and Under-21 Championships.


In 1961, Jacques Delcourt was appointed President of French Karate, an associate member of the Judo Federation at that time. In 1963 he invited the six other known European federations (Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain) to come to France for the first-ever international karate event. Great Britain and Belgium accepted this invitation.[4]

On December 15, 1963, six of the seven federations gathered in Paris, in what was to be the first European Karate Congress, with the aim of improving and organising karate tournaments between their countries. The founding of the European Karate Union (Union Européenne de Karaté) is dated from this point by at least one source.[5]

It was decided that the unification of the different karate styles was impossible, and so the delegates decided to unify the refereeing.[6][7][8][9]

A governance structure was established at the Second European Karate Congress, on May 24, 1964. Jacques Delcourt was elected the first president, and held that position until 1988. At the Third Congress, on November 21, 1965, the delegates, now representing ten countries, adopted a constitutional structure and rules for the creation of standards for instruction and rankings. They also scheduled the first European Karate Championships to be held in Paris in May, 1966.[10][11][12]

The event drew roughly three hundred spectators and was shown on live TV; however, it drew criticisms for being too violent because of the many face injuries. The EKU council had differing opinions about the causes of the injuries, ranging from excessive rules violations to lack of conditioning and blocking skill. This problem was addressed at the first referee seminar, held in Rome in 1967.

In 1993 the EKU changed its name to the European Karate Federation. Since 1997 the President of the EKF has been Antonio Espinos of Spain, who has also served as the president of WKF since 1998.


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  6. ^ Arriaza, Rafael. "Chapter 16: Karate". In Kordi, Ramin; Maffulli, Nicola; Wroble, Randall R. et al. Combat Sports Medicine. p. 288. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
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External links

  • Europe Karate Federation official website
  • World Karate Federation official website
  • More than 50 Affiliated Countries
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