IKD Distinguished Service Awards

The Phoenix rising from the ashes in the “National Medal of Service Award”, represents 40 years of loyal service Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai gave to his Japanese Masters until his resignation in 2011, with a broken heart and spirit. With the help of true and loyal friends, Shuseki Shihan Woon-A-Tai rose again from the ashes to head the fastest growing karate organization in the world that in seven short years, IKD is represented in 70 regions in 50 countries worldwide. The Hall of Fame Award is a prototype; the final medal will look like the National Medal of Service.

Rather than using a static immobile building to represent the “Hall of Fame Award”, He chose the world-famous “Kaieteur Falls” found deep in the Guyana Amazon to symbolize the Hall of Fame. Kaieteur Falls is the world’s largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it. Its river is the “path or hall” that leads to the falls through the dense Amazon Rainforest. In karate, the important concept “A Mind Like Water” has its own symbolic interpretation of the “way” of karate. Water, in its calm state, symbolizes mental clarity, and in its thundering state, represents the power of karate. Moreover, the open hand symbolizes the meaning of the word karate – empty hand, no weapons.

The other three Awards will feature Shuseki Shihan and Fuku Shuseki Shihan(s) performing their favourite techniques with their Chinese Zodiac animal birth signs in the background – the Tiger, Dragon and Horse.

IKD Department of Distinguished Awardees Benefits of Membership

  • World Membership Recognition
  • World Membership ID Card
  • Unique Award: Over neck, Desk or Wall mounted
  • Distinguished Award Certificate
  • Member of IKD Department of Distinguished Awardees
  • Name Displayed on Dojo and HQ Wall of Honour
  • IKD Emergency World Travel Support
  • Reserved Seating at World Cup Events
  • Reserved Seating at National Cup Events
  • IKD World Newsletter
  • Complimentary Membership in IKD World Online

IKD Award Certificate

Registration fees

  • Lifetime of Excellence $100
  • Lifetime of Achievement $90
  • Lifetime of Service $80
  • Hall of Fame $70
  • National Medal of Service $60

Nomination Forms

IKD Distinguished Service Award Recipients

IKD Lifetime of Excellence

Awarded for more than 40 years administration and technical service in traditional karate as a proponent and technical expert par excellence. Further, for dedication, commitment, loyalty, budo spirit and excellence of character. Moreover, at the discretion of the Shihan-kai Senate may be awarded to Prime Ministers, Presidents, or other world leaders, and others in the highest office for their support and promotion of IKD Karate.

IKD Lifetime of Achievement

Awarded for more than 30 years administration and technical service in traditional karate as a proponent and technical expert par excellence. Further, for dedication, commitment, loyalty, budo spirit, and high level of technical achievement in karate-do. Moreover, at the discretion of the Shihan-kai Senate may be awarded to Members of Parliament/Congress, or others holding similar office for their support and promotion of IKD Karate.

IKD Lifetime of Service

Awarded for more than 20 years administration and technical service in traditional karate as a proponent and technical expert par excellence. Moreover, for dedication, commitment, loyalty, budo spirit, and distinguished service in karate-do.

IKD Hall of Fame

Awarded to masters or instructors or pioneers; officials or administrators or supporters; retired or active coaches; or retired or active athletes with more than ten years active competition in IKD recognized karate-do tournaments in any or all of the above categories at the national, regional and world level competition. Athletes shall hold either gold, silver or bronze medals in three (3) national tournaments, three (3) regional tournaments, and three (3) world cups over a period of ten (10) years active competition.

IKD National Medal of Service

Awarded to masters or instructors or pioneers; officials or administrators or supporters; retired or active coaches; or retired or active athletes; or volunteers or chaperones or parents with more than five years service at any level of the IKD membership.

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