About us

Our Mission

Shotokan Karate Do of United Nations (SKDUN) is a non political organization working for and promoting the good practice, principles and ideals of Shotokan Karate through the medium of international competitions, technical instructions, international grading examinations, referees and judges qualification and education for instructors, coaches and students.

Who we are

An international group of like-minded karate-ka with a passion to maintain the standards and values of Shotokan Karate. Sharing knowledge and experience gained over many years training with all the senior Japanese and non-Japanese sensei. We welcome individuals, clubs, and Shotokan organisations from any country and of any affiliation

What we promise

We promise democracy, transparency, honesty and openness. The opportunity to have your say at an international forum for consideration by an international board voted by you, the members. We further promise to respect the cultures, ethnicity and individuality of everyone.


How and where we started, the journey and where we are today, 2014-05-13

The concept of a World Shotokan Karate Championship with the Shobu Ippon rules started in England with Gerry Breeze and his associates in the British Shotokan Karate Union that later expanded into Federation British Shotokan Karate Union (International) – now FBSKU(I) / SKDUN GB.

And so the GICHIN FUNAKOSHI INVITATIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP was held in Bournemouth during 1993 with 6 countries entered: England, Australia, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the FunakoshiNetherlands as the founder member countries.

Over the next 5 years the Shotokan Karate Championships grew with the inclusion of Romania, Germany and Italy which necessitated moving the Championship to a more central and accessible venue in Bath, England.  In  1998 even more countries joined including U.S.A and India.  It was at this event that the board of directors voted to advertise and promote the event (up to that point it was the quality and professionalism of the event that spread the word!), it was also decided to change the name of the organisation to SHOTOKAN KARATE DO of UNITED NATIONS – SKDUN and to offer the event to be hosted by any member country.  At this meeting the logo, constitution and a formal elected board were instigated.

The year 2013 marked the 21st anniversary of the championship, the SKDUN now boasts over 70 affiliate countries in membership and an average of 35 countries being represented at each World Championship with approximately 1200 competitors competing over 2 days.

SKDUN is now one of the biggest Traditional Shotokan Shobu Ippon organisations in the world; it is recognised as being innovative and world leaders in its attitude and approach to making international competition open to everyone.

SKDUN holds a European championship in April and a World championship in October every year, it was the 1st to hold a Kohai invitational competition run at the same time as the main events. It was the 1st to hold a Masters competition as an event within the championships, this event is open to 1 male and 1 female competitor from each country who compete performing Kata and Kumite in a knock out event for the title Grand Champion.

SKDUN was the 1st to have a ‘young’ board of directors consisting of younger senior grade karate-ka that shadow the main board to see and understand how business is conducted and with a view to succession in the future.

SKDUN will remain a democratic and non-political organisation that listens to its members and improves and grows year on year.