Name, headquarters, legal form and insignia
1- The objective of these statutes is to exclusively regulate the general principles
and the procedures of the establishment, organization, duties and authorizations
of the World Shotokan Federation which is a self-governing organization. These
statutes cover the execution, organization and development of all Shotokan
activities whole in the World in accordance with World Shotokan Federation
2- The abbreviation of World Shotokan Federation is WSF
3- The WSF logo is as shown in the Annex to these statutes.
4- The WSF does not engage in matters pertaining to politics, religion, or race, and
is a non-profit organization.
5- The WSF performs its activities in amateur basis.
6- Head Quarter’s address;
World Shotokan Federation C.P.91 – 2900
PORRENTRUY 2 – SWITZERLAND
7- The official languages of the WSF shall be English, Spanish and Russian. All
official WSF publications must be edited in English.
8- The WSF has the aim of promoting, organizing, regulating and popularizing the
sport of shotokan karate all over the world, of protecting the physical and mental
health of the athletes, of contributing to the development of friendly
relationships among the Shotokan Karate Society.
9- The World Shotokan Federation has been founded as the non-profit
organizational statutes that WSF World Shotokan Federation complies with
Switzerland Civil Code Article. 60.
The objectives of WSF are:
To organize, regulate and monitor all Shotokan activities within the World;
To promote the development and expansion of Shotokan throughout the World
To ensure the proper implementation of rules set by the governing bodies of WSF.
To make any plans, programs, arrangements and agreements related to Shotokan
activities as well as to take the necessary measures to achieve successful results;
To fight against violence, illegal performance incentives, racism, doping and any
kind of discrimination;
To educate the Shotokan society with assistance of the its coaches and to make
Dan and Kyu examinations and homologations in Shotokan Style.
One of our main objectives of WSF, as World Shotokan Federation, is to build a
strong world structure at continental and national level, a world efficient
organization of this style.
As a consequences WSF recognizes only one WSF National Representative Body
(WSF NRB) (national federations, associations, unions, a.s.o) as the WSF National
Representative for the respective country, as full member of WSF. NRB must have
legal personality in respective country.
WSF is open to all Shotokan Karate-Do Unions, National Federations, Associations,
Clubs, Dojos, Individuals which could be members of the WSF National
Representative Body. The Independent clubs from a member country, already
affiliated to the WSF, have a temporary affiliation for 2 years, during which time
they have the obligation to form a WSF National Representative Body (WSF-NRB),
or to become member of an existing one. The grace period can be extended, as
the case may be, by another 1 year. Otherwise, these clubs will lose their WSF
WSF Executive Committee is authorized to accept the membership applications.
All members will get identification cards, as WSF membership.
WSF’s Country Representative Person:
The WSF authorizes only one person, in each member country, as the Official
WSF’s Representative Person. (WSF RP)
This person must be the founder of the Shotokan style or the holder of the
highest rank (DAN) in Karate-Do Shotokan Style, recognized by the WSF in
This person is the single person who has whole authority and responsibility for
the entire WSF’s activity at national level and and consequently become the
President of the WSF’s National Representative Body.
Entry to the WSF competitions is only with allowed of membership.
Entry to the WSF competitions are required by id card WSF .
Dan examinations will be held by appointed dan examining directors after
approval of WSF
In order to be member to the WSF, applications should be done through
www.worldshoto.com/joinus after reviewing the application applicant will receive
an official letter for membership procedures.
Disciplinary measures, Penalties
1. Warning, for minor deviations from the statute and decisions of WSF
2. Suspension of WSF membership statement, in case of the violations of the
WSF’s Statute, for a maximum period of 2 years
3. The membership affiliation could be canceled if:
a. the affiliated members (National Federations, Unions, Associations,
clubs, persons) do not follow and respect the WSF’s Statute, in all it’s details; no
exception from WSF’s Statute and Rules, any violations of WSF Statute could be
b. the affiliated members produce image deficit to the our WSF
National Representative Body (WSF NRB) or to our National Representative
c. Each year until the end of January, membership renewal is required,
otherwise the membership will be suspended.
d. Members which do not participate in the WSF activities organized by
WSF more than two (2) years, shall be suspended by the WSF Executive
e. Three (3) consecutive years shall be suspended from voting at the
Congress until they have fulfilled their obligations in this respect and may not be
candidate for any function with WSF.
Nomination of Honorary President shall be designated by The Executive
The Honorary President may take part in the Congress and has not the right to
Bodies of the WSF
Article 8 -The Congress
The Congress will be held every year in World Shotokan Championships. Each
representative will have one vote in the congress.
The Extraordinary Congress shall meet:
a) Upon call of the acting President,
b) Upon call of %50 + 1 of the members of the EC
c) Upon call of the %60 of the affiliated National Bodies.
National Shotokan Federations in possession of voting rights;
Providing it complies with the terms and procedures for the validity of Congress
as set forth herein, an Extraordinary Congress may be called at the same time as
an Ordinary Congres.
The President will be elected for 5 years. All countries will have the right of
showing candidature for the Chair.
The Executive Commitee will consist of 9 member’s, including Vice Presidents,
Secretary General, Deputy President and President.
General Secretary will be elected by the Executive Commitee from its members
and the office location will be in Basel, Switzerland.
a) Referee Commitee
b) Technical Commitee
c) Organising Commitee
d) Medical Commitee
e) Discipline Commitee
f) International Relations Commitee
a) Participation Fee’s
b) Dan Examination Fee’s
c) Membership Fee’s
d) Seminar Fee’s
e) Donations and Grants
WSF being a world federation organizes World championships and European
championships, having as affiliated members National Federations, associations
and national unions, which have the recognition of WSF as WSF Country
Consequently, WSF grants the right to participate only to National Teams and only
with the approval of the National Representative Body
WSF competitions holds with the following categories;
Children, Cadets, Seniors and Masters Categories
Individual and Team Kata Kumite
Shobu Ippon, Shobu Nihon, Shobu Sanbon Jyu Kumite and 8 points system (WKF)
and Kansei Shihai.
Each WSF National Federation has the right to register maximum 2 athlete, male
and female in each individual categories in each divisions and also 2 teams, male
and female in each team categories in Cadet, -21 Years, Junior, Senior divisions
and may register athletes as Section 1 World Shotokan Championships.
In all championships medals will be given first place; Gold Medal, Second Place;
Silver Medal and Two Third Place Bronze Medal and Certificates.
Under 16 categories registration section in sportdata will be opened seperately
and will be named as World Shotokan Championships Under 16 Categories as
Section 2. Section 1 registrations are going to be made through WSF National
Representative bodies. Section 2 is open to all clubs registrations.
There is no limit for participation to the event for the Section 2 competitions.
Executive Commitee has the right to change the participation numbers and must
be mentioned in the official bulletin.
Article 15 :
Both in Kumite and Kata World Shotokan Federation WSF Rules are valid.
Statistics Results and Rankings
The WSF Congress and WSF Executive Commitee have dedveloped the vision and
strategy by which WSF aims to become the World’s most important Shotokan
organization, optimizing each year the WSF Technical and Management
components with National implementation. Thus, competition management is a
very important pillar of this vision.
WSF has the right and at the sime time assumes the obligation to use established
software for recording competitions with eligible Software companies (Example,
Sportdata) The final statistics after the championships will include the ranking by
nations, clubs and athletes, in order to report the results to the National
Federations. In order to classify these federations, clubs and athletes in the
rankings prepared by the Ministries of sports in the respective countries.
Adrian Popescu SACELE Ercument TASDEMIR Yashar BASHIROV
President General Secretary Deputy President
Hayrettin Hamurcu Kakha BASILIA Cengiz CETINKAYA
Vice President Vice President Member