About WTKO — World Traditional Karate Organization
Founded in 2000 by John Mullin and Richard Amos, the WTKO was originally formed as an outlet for their ideas and combined experience. By 2000, Mullin and Amos already had nearly 70 years of karate experience between them, spanning the evolution of karate in the USA and the UK. Their influences from world-renowned Japanese sensei was huge, but they recognized that the subtlety of their teachings often got lost in translation. The WTKO prides itself on its interpretation of Shotokan principles and its ability to impart those principles through seminars, leading by example. Growing slowly and organically, the WTKO has never promoted itself but been content to let its sincerity of purpose filter into the karate world. We now have members in 5 continents and WTKO instructors are in demand worldwide.
Why the WTKO?
The WTKO has aspired from day one to blend the best combination of the collective teachings and analysis of its highly experienced technical committee. There are very few organizations who can match the collective experience of the WTKO and which have the enthusiasm to share that experience among their members. Seniors on the WTKO Executive Committee travel across Europe and the Americas, teaching seminars and inspiring WTKO members towards our common goals of refinement and excellence. Our approach combines high intensity training of technical skills, with a strong and consistent reference to Budo ideals. That is, encouraging the development of a well rounded character through perseverance in physical practice, and self-awareness in the cultivation of moral fibre.
How do I join the WTKO and what are the requirements
The WTKO prides itself on continually evolving and refining Shotokan karate technique through the constant efforts of its professional instructors. Our goal is to share our body of knowledge with all members worldwide, representing the best of modern technical innovation & explanation without losing the essence of karate’s history, traditions and budo values.
The WTKO is a non-political traditional karate organization, as such our requirements for membership are technical integrity and a Shotokan background.
All members will have access to courses & seminars; tournaments; and online videos. Senior members may decide to go further and qualify as examiners, instructors & judges.
The WTKO presents you with an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, sharing a love of Shotokan Karate around the world regardless of race or creed, in a safe yet intense environment. Enquiries for membership should be directed to Scott Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.