ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE


The INTERNATIONAL KARATE KOBUDO FEDERATION (IKKF) is recognized world wide as a leading traditional martial arts organization dedicated to the preservation of the "Old Ways", offering an alternative for serious dojos.

The Federation was founded and is directed by Hanshi C. Bruce Heilman, internationally recognized as a leading practitioner of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, a practitioner since 1961. Mr. Heilman, who serves as President of the IKKF, is assisted in the operation of the Federation by Hanshi Ann-Marie Heilman, his wife and a practitioner of the arts since 1968. Mrs. Heilman serves as Vice-President and Executive Board Chairperson for the IKKF.


IKKF Officers

The IKKF Officers are responsible for the day to day operation of the Federation. Officers of the IKKF include the following:


IKKF Executive Board Members

The IKKF is supported by an Executive Board comprised of some of the leading martial artists in the world covering a variety of traditional disciplines. The IKKF Executive Board acts as an advisory group to the President to provide guidance and direction to the operation of the Federation. Currently, the IKKF Executive Board is comprised of 11 Hanshi and 1 Kyoshi - a truly impressive group representing some of the top traditional martial arts organizations in the Country. We are honored to have such a prestigious group of martial artists as part of our IKKF family. Mr. Heilmans instructor, Seikichi Odo, Japan, Hanshi 10th Dan Karate & Kobudo, served as a member of the IKKF Executive Board from 1991 to 1999.

A list of current and past IKKF Officers and Executive Board Members is presented below (click on name to see a photo and brief bio).

Past IKKF Executive Board Members who we were honored to have been associated with who are deceased include:

IKKF Executive Council

The IKKF Executive Council was established in 2012 by the Heilman's to serve as a Legacy Board and to administratively support the Heilman's in the operation of the Federation.


IKKF Renshi Kai

The IKKF is further supported by the IKKF Renshi Kai. The IKKF Renshi Kai is an elite advisory group of Licensed Karate and / or Kobudo Instructors. Their role is to advise the Officers of the Federation on technical and administrative issues and to comprise the formal Yudansha Testing Boards.

This "core group" of Licensed Instructors (4th Dan and up) include (click on name to see a photo and brief bio):


IKKF Renshi Kai

Photo of some of the IKKF Renshi Kai members at 1996 IKKF Annual Training.


IKKF San Ju Nen Kai

In 1996, IKKF President Heilman, formally established a special recognition group entitled the IKKF San Ju Nen Kai (30 Year + Club). This group honors members of the IKKF who have been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. The current inducted members of the IKKF San Ju Nen Kai include:


IKKF San Ju Nen Kai

Some of the IKKF San Ju Nen Kai members being inducted at the 1996 IKKKF Annual Training.


IKKF Style / Organization Heads

In addition to the overall organizational structure presented above in this section, the IKKF also is divided into Stylistic Divisions. Each IKKF Style Division is headed by an individual who has received Teacher or Senior Teachers Certification directly from the Founder or Current Head of the particular traditional system. These individuals are responsible for establishing the minimum style requirements in accordance with the internationally accepted standards for the particular system. Currently the IKKF includes the following Style / Organization Heads: