Karatedo Development in Myanmar

A Gist of Myanmar Karatedo Federation

1. Way of karatedo-development in Myanmar:

a.    Karatedo was brought into Myanmar about 1950s by some Japanese military services who had to give combat training, such as Judo, Aikido and Bayonet-fighting to the armed forces in Myanmar.
b.    Karatedo, Karate in short name, became very popular among the youngs in the late 1960s and over 30 karate clubs were set up in Yangon area alone in the early 1970s.
c.    The seniors, self-promoted black-belt, became chief instructors of the respected karate clubs. These instructors learned karate from some veterans and study theirselves by karate text books, magazines, movies and 8mm & 16mm demostration films of Japan Karate Asso¬ciation-JKA were their references.
d.    So, different knowledge made their understanding different and even a single technique interpreted differently among the clubs.

2. Myanmar Karatedo Federation:
a.    Myanmar Karatedo Federation was founded on 12th June, 1989 and recognized by Myanmar Olympic Committee since then.
b.    Myanmar Karatedo Federation has been affiliated to World Karate Federation- WKF, which is recognized by International Olympic Committee- IOC , since 1989.

3. Presidents & General Secretary of Myanmar Karatedo Federation:

a.    President:  Pol:Col: Hla Myint   
Provost Marshal Col: Myint Lvvin   
Pol:Col: Khin Maung Tun  
Dr. Ye Naing Wynn
Dr. Win Zaw  
( 1989 - 1990)
( 1990 - 1991)
( 1991 - 2004) 
( 2004 - 2005 )
( 2005 -     )
b.    General Secretary: U Soe Win (Ministry of Sports) ( 1989 -     )

4. Organizational structure of Myanmar Karatedo Federation:
a.    MKF is the highest responsible organization for developing and promotion of karatcdo in Myanmar under the guidance of Myanmar Olympic Committee and Ministry of Sports.
b.    States & Divisions level karatedo subcommittee are formed in every state or Division under the control of respected State & Division level - Sports & Physical Education Committee.
c.    Karate clubs are also formed in some ministries and departments.
d.    124 karate clubs officially affiliated to MKF and active karate athlete's numbers reach over 15000.

5. Annual Karatedo Tournaments in Myanmar:
a.    Junior Karatedo Championship
b.    Novice Karatedo Championship
c.    Student Sports Festival Karatedo Championship(Basic Education High School level)
d.    National Sports Festival Karatedo Championship(States & Divisions level and Ministrial level)
e.    States & Divisions Karatedo Championship
f National Karatedo Championship
g.    Myanmar Police Force Director General's Shield Karatedo Championship
h.    Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Shield Karatedo Championship
( 'c' and 'd' are now temporarily excluded )

6. Planning for Future:    (Attaining Achievements in International Karatedo Championships)
a.    To promote nation-wide organisation in younger generations:-
b.    To impart technical knowledes to States & Divisions and also to the karate clubs
affiliated to MKF:-
c.    To have latest techniques and scientific training system:-
d.    To have international exposures and tournament experiences:-
e.    To have opportunities to host goodwill matches against technically-strong teams
in Myanmar:-
f To have own well-equipped indoor training gym or hall (Dojo) for karatedo

7. Tournaments & Championships in 2008
a.    2008 Junior Karatedo Tounament as Olympic Day Movement(already finished on June 23)
b.    13th States & Divisions Karatedo Championships    (already finished on June 27-29)
c.    Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Shield Karatedo Championship
(already finished on July 13-15)
d.    Myanmar Police Force Director General's Shield Karatedo Championship
(October / November)
e.    Novice and National Karatedo Championships (November 26-30, Mandalay)

World Karate Federation

Top of Page