Membership Details & Criteria

The International Wado Federation is a World Governing Body/Alliance for Autonomous Associations.
Note: To ensure the ‘ethos’ of the Federation remains consistently for the benefit of the Associate Members, the President has the authority to include facilities, adjustments as & when required. The Committee may suggest/propose changes; however, these must be forwarded to the Chairman to be considered at the relevant Annual General Meeting and/or Emergency Meeting/s. To ensure that Committee Members are not ‘agenda driven’, membership to the IWF Committee will only be accepted from members who DO NOT belong to, or involved with, any other Governing Body, Karate/Sporting Controlling Organisation or Body, of any kind, outside of the International Wado Federation. To ensure groups & associations in membership do not have any conflicting interests, international Wado governing body affiliation must be limited to the International Wado Federation.
Due to conflicts of interest, multiple affiliations between international Wado governing bodies will not permitted within the IWF. 
To preserve both the traditional development and the evolution of Wado Karate. We strive to accomplish this in an environment free of intimidation, politics, and other negative distractions. We further seek to foster a spirit of fellowship and understanding by welcoming all like-minded individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, national origin, or physical handicap. All accepted member-groups will be granted ‘self-development’ to encourage positive growth within their own autonomous infrastructure, without interference from the International Wado Federation.
The International Wado Federation is a World Governing Body for traditional Wado, Wadoryu, Wadokai inspired karate organisations. Promoting Wado unity world-wide as an alliance of Wado associations and groups; irrespective of size and other national, international or world ‘multi-style’affiliationsWe do not expect members to leave any existing World Sport Karate Governing Body to join the International Wado Federation, as our interests are only to encourage unity and growth within all Wado. The International Wado Federation is NOT a Limited Company or a commercially motivated governing body, so (unlike many other ‘governing bodies’) does not rely on ‘profit’ or membership fees to exist. The International Wado Federation is not run by a chief instructor; as it is organised with common sense by a freely-elected committee of like-minded people, who offer their services free of charge.
The International Wado Federation is a non-profit Governing Body for ‘professionally run’ (amateur and/or professional) Wado Karate Schools/Organisations. The IWF is not a commercially motivated or profit-based karate business.
Conditions for membership acceptance.
All Clubs/Groups must train in traditional Wadoryu Karate-do; or intend to do so within 12 months of application acceptance.
Wado Applicants must come from a ‘credible’ Wado source or lineage, for example (these examples are not exhaustive); Japan Karate Federation (JKF-Wadokai), Wado International Karate Federation, Wado Academy/Renmei, etc.
Wado Applicants must not already belong to another World/International Wado Governing Body. Upon knowledge of an organisation already in membership not following the minimum technical requirements, after 12-months of being accepted into IWF membership, will be expelled from membership immediately. 
Minimal Technical Requirements MUST include:
Wado Kihon Waza. All Pinan Kata (Shodan to Godan); Ku-Shanku, Nai-Hanchi, Seishan, Chinto. Kihon Gumite: (1 to 10). See below for ‘Technical Criteria for Membership to the IWF.
New applicants: Once initially accepted will be placed on a ‘Provisional Membership’ until application has been forwarded and accepted into full ‘Associate Membership’ by the IWF Executive Committee. 
To preserve the development of Wado Karate through independence and autonomy.  We strive to accomplish this in an environment free of intimidation, politics, and other negative distractions. We further seek to foster a spirit of fellowship and understanding by welcoming all like-minded individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, religion, national origin, or physical handicap.

“Unity and Recognition, not Authority!”