INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF KARATE
United States Kyokushin Karate – IFK Organization (USA–IFKK), is the official U.S. organization of the International Federation of Karate (IFK). The IFK, with headquarters in Great Britain, was founded by Hanshi (Honorable Master) Steve Arneil in 1991.
Hanshi Arneil, who currently holds the rank of Judan
(10th Dan), was one of Mas Oyama's foremost students in Japan in the early 1960's. He formed the IFK so that Kyokushin Karate, as he learned it from Mas Oyama, could be taught consistently throughout the world. His goal is for each and every Kyokushin karateka (karate practitioner) at any dojo in any country to be able to perform all of the techniques and kata the same. Toward that end, Hanshi Arneil has developed a systematic grading syllabus for the IFK and has published a book on Kyokushin kata and a book on the bunkai (applications) of the kata.
For more information about Hanshi Steve Arneil and the International Federation of Karate, visit the USA-IFK Kyokushin Karate website.