ABE Keigo Sensei, founded the JAPAN SHOTOKAN KARATE ASSOCIATION the 10th February 1999. Abe Sensei holds 9th Dan in the Japan Shotokan Karate Association and is the JSKA Chief Instructor. It is one of the fastest growing Shotokan associations in the world.
The World Karate Federation (WKF) is the largest international governing body of sport karate with 191 member countries. It was formed in 1990, is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year. The President of the WKF is Antonio Espinos, and the headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain. The styles recognised by the WKF are Gōjū-ryū, Shitō-ryū, Shotokan and Wadō-ryū.
The European Karate Federation (EKF) is the governing body of competitive karate in more than 50 countries across Europe.The EKF's stated goal is to promote, organize, regulate, and popularize the sport of karate. It is one of the five continental federations recognized by the World Karate Federation. Since 1966, it has organized the European Karate Championships. Additionally, it now organizes Junior, Cadet, and Under-21 Championships.
Svenska Karateförbundet är det specialidrottsförbund som samlar svenska karateklubbar. Kansliet ligger i Johanneshov i södra Stockholm.
Svenska Karateförbundet bildades 26 september 2008 för att ge svensk karate möjlighet att söka ställning som eget specialförbund. Vid Riksidrottsmötet den 17 maj 2009, i Visby, beslutades att Svenska Karateförbundet organiseras som eget specialförbund från den 1 januari 2010.