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Question:  My style is not one of the main karate styles. It is a mish-mash of training my instructor had. Does that mean we are not legitimate? 

Peter from Orlando

Answer: 

Peter, thank you for your question. There are many dojo’s that have little or no connection to Japan or Okinawa. While these dojo’s may lack official sanctions, it does not necessarily mean that what people are learning is inappropriate. The bottom line is that you are training, and this is a good thing. Any training that is not damaging to you is appropriate.


You should know that many high-ranking karateka have started training in smaller, unknown dojo’s before transitioning to other styles.

Another point that you should be aware of is recognition by the World Karate Federation (WKF). The WKF is the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 130 member countries. If you intend to compete in national and international tournaments, you will have to transition to a recognized WKF organization.


The styles recognized by the WKF are Goju-ryu, Shito-ryu, Shotokan and Wado-ryu. It is also true that other styles may have tournaments for their style only or compete in open tournaments. Open tournaments allow all competitors the opportunity to compete.


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Question:  My style is not one of the main karate styles. It is a mish-mash of training my instructor had. Does that mean we are not legitimate?

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