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1970 The history of WUKO (World Union of Karate-do Organizations) began when Mr. Ryoichi Sasakawa and Mr. Jacques Delcourt decided to form the first global karate organization.

1990 WUKO attempted to merged with ITKF, the International Traditional Karate Federation, in order to obtain the acknowledgment of IOC, the International Olympic Committee this failed resulting in the IOC only acknowledging WUKO, on a condition that the name “WUKO” would be abandoned. Hence from the ashes of WUKO, the WKF (World Karate Federation) recognized by the IOC as being responsible for karate competitions in the Olympic Games.

2005 Mr. Carlo Henke, having verified the availability of the name “WUKO”, which had been abandoned for almost fifteen years, decided to recreate the organization. He changed the original WUKO logo. The aims of these organizations (WUKO & WKF) are as different as they were in the past; the WKF aims to enter the Olympic Games and acknowledges just one organization per nation whereas the new WUKO mission was the promotion and development of karate internationally by acknowledging more than one organization per nation.

Shortly after the re-founding of WUKO, the WKF filed a legal proceeding decided for the cancellation of the brand WUKO, the case which was “WON” by WUKO in the first instance based on the fact that Carlo Henke, whom the brand was linked,  had been part of the old WUKO.

2009 WUKO changed its name from the World Union of Karate-do Organizations into the World United Karate Organization and the brand was registered by another person. In this new brand, there are no words or names in conflict with any other specific brand.

2010 WKF decided to contest the WUKO brand once again. This time the judgment and the analysis of OHIM, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, were in favor of WUKO which WON the first session at the court of Alicante, Spain. The opposition was rejected, and the brand registered. Nevertheless, WKF decided to come forth with a new cancellation request, which eventually resulted in a new verdict in their favor overturning the previous one. This was because the acronym, though not appearing on the logo, was the same as that of 1970.

WUKO leadership acknowledged the verdict of the Court of Alicante and considered the appeal with no certainty of the outcome to be too costly. Therefore, the board of directors concluded that the money use to fight worthless and meaningless legal issues could be used for the productivity in the interest of the WUKO affiliates, so the name once again changed to WUKO & AD, the World United Karate Organization & Associated Disciplines.

Once again WKF was not satisfied with this and proceeds with opposition once again. The WUKO & AD Directing Committee decided to defend themselves when necessary but without having the intention to waste their time and financial means on unnecessary court battles. So, even before the last court decision, it was decided to dissolve the WUKO and to form the new exciting all-inclusive WKMO.

Over the years, we’ve been able to build a reputation as one of the strongest International Organization of Martial Artists all over the World; joining Traditional General and Contact Karate and many other martial arts in a strong family.

A name can be taken, but the dignity and the pride in an amazing group will never be compromised. WKMO will continue to work hard for the development and promotion of karate and all other martial arts globally to promote education, loyalty, and unity worldwide.

2019 WKMO –A BIGGER more INCLUSIVE DIRECTION FOR ALL MARTIAL ARTIST AND STYLES – WKMO will include all martial arts practiced in every style from around the WORLD!  your association will be the place for all those who recognize the absolute right of human beings to practice, grow, help, protect and compete. WKMO will commit itself, through a modern education aimed at an approach based on effectiveness, to conserve, pass on and increase the traditional values of martial arts.

WKMO will act in full respect of the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, a foundation of international human rights law. The UDHR will be the guideline of WKMO to propose and apply a universal educational and technical address in line with the needs of modern man and with the respect and protection of every individual.

All martial arts are an exceptional self-defense tool and a modern sport. The martial arts are based on ancient wisdom, therefore, contain profound ethical and moral messages that WKMO want to pass on.

WKMO mission is to bring together, with equal dignity, all the organizations that recognize the values above and want to be part of a larger and more united family.

This new and big vision requires a structured organization that will be made up of various world and continental commissions that will interface with the national federations.

WKMO is focused on the World Cups, Continental and World Championship, Technical Seminars, Referee Courses and education for all people from all style of Martial arts.

This is a moment of change!  Its time! take the first step towards a new exciting time that will be historical We will we will build together.

“Be strong to be useful!”