About the IKD

International Karate Daigaku

The International Karate Daigaku was formed in February 2011 after Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai resigned from the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

Following his departure from the ISKF in January 2011, dojos across Canada and throughout the Caribbean and South American also resigned. In less than two weeks, the IKD was created.

Over the following years, the IKD introduced many new things to the organization. Each year at IKD Honbu World Camp, the organization grows by adding new layers to the IKD.

  • 2011 – Swearing in Ceremony of Shuseki Shihan & two deputies, adoption of Haori, Bunkai, etc.
  • 2012 – Adoption of the IKD Kyu & Dan Examination Syllabus.
  • 2013 – Adoption of IKD Passports & the Instructor Training Programme.
  • 2014 – A New Method of Teaching, Kihon, Kumite, Team Kata, Bunkai & Enbu.
  • 2015 – General Membership participation & discussion of the new IKD Tournament Rules.
  • 2016 – Introduction of Oyo & Traditional Weapons.
  • 2017 – The Science of Karate
  • 2018 – Celebrating 55th year of teaching karate for Shuseki Shihan Woon-A-Tai.
  • 2019 – IKD’s First Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Distinguished Service Awards.
  • 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • 2021 – IKD announced promotion of Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai (10th Dan), Shihan Maureen Woon-A-Tai (9th Dan), and Shihan W. Dexter Shim (9th Dan). World Camp cancelled due to COVID-19.

Mission Statement

The International Karate Daigaku (IKD) will use traditional and modern applied research to offer the highest level of karate to all students. IKD will uphold standards of excellence that inspire our students to improve character development and instil core values of respect, honour and discipline. The IKD will also encourage positive behaviour and empower children and youth to live socially and emotionally healthy lives. The philosophy of karate will also be merged and aligned with culture and education to reflect the environment within which we live. It will help us understand ourselves and each other. The end result is to have karate at the heart of all communities and promote peace, thereby preserving the well-being of humanity.


To be recognized as the leading worldwide Karate organization through research and development, while upholding the highest values and traditions, and empowering all communities within which we live.

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My main goal continues to be of service to young people throughout the world by helping them find direction in life, helping to keep them off drugs, and to break the cycle of crime and violence through the discipline of karate training.

Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai, 10th Dan - IKD Chief Instructor

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