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About IPKC


About Indian Professional Karate Council

IPKC is the ONLY National platform for ALL FORMATS of KARATE in India and consists of various style organizations. In a bid to empower each Style Organization, IPKC donates up to 80% of participation fee to the respective affiliates in addition to extending other financial benefits to their members.

IPKC is also the Feeder system of UKL – Ultimate Karate League and ONLY the affiliates of IPKC can be screened for induction of domestic athletes in UKL Teams in India.

IPKC is recognized by Government of India as 100% Tax-exempt Body.


Step – 1

Any style organization within India can apply for affiliation with the IPKC by sending mail at: chairman@ipkc.in

Step – 2

After receipt of mail, IPKC office shall send required forms and account details for payment of annual fee.

Step – 3

After receipt of ANNUAL FEE, the IPKC shall grant AFFILIATION to the style organization.

Step – 4

Three Boards, i.e., Sports Karate Board (SKB), Traditional Karate Board (TKB) and Contact Karate Board (CKB) are constituted for Tournament technical issues and members of each boards are nominated and elected from the existing affiliated ESO (Essential Style Organizations).

While any Style Organization can be affiliated in IPKC, the ESO (Essential Style Organization) are the entities that meet the standard curriculum.

Step – 5

The respective Technical Boards within IPKC manages the technical aspects of competitions.

Step – 6

After successful participation in IPKC tournaments, athlete becomes eligible for undergoing selection trials of Domestic players for UKL – Ultimate Karate League.

Step – 7

After selection in UKL, an athlete becomes eligible to receive SALARY for playing in the UKL.

Brief information on IPKC

World of Combat Sports are governed along two lines, amateur sports & professional sports and could be best understood by boxing that has distinct structures of amateur and professional.

Karate has huge following all across India in form of amateur Karate. Amateur Karate is defined as a sport where athletes have to bear all expenses related with their performance. Such events are conducted under three (3) tournament formats of Traditional Karate, Sports Karate and Contact Karate.

Professional Karate is defined as martial sport where athletes receive remuneration for their performance. It facilitates opportunities for karate practitioners to develop their skill to make it their career and explore job opportunities in the field of karate.

IPKC (Indian Professional Karate Council) is the national body for professional Karate in India and sole member of the WPKC (World Professional Karate Council) in India.

Eversince 1983, the traditional form of karate was organized and governed in India under the name of Traditional Karate Federation of India (TKFI). In the year 2015, all traditional forms of amateur karate resolved to converge into professional karate under the name of IPKC.

Incorporated under Section 8, IPKC (Indian Professional Karate Council) is a 100% Tax-exempted entity. Inheriting the legacy of 30 annual National Championships of TKFI, the IPKC conducted 33rd Nationals in Mumbai this year in Mumbai that selected athletes for upcoming League.

Professional Karate has come to the fore through a combination of developments. Mass Media and increased leisure have brought larger audiences, so that karate teams can command large incomes. As a result, more sportspeople can afford to make Karate their primary career, devoting the training time necessary to increase skills, physical condition and experience to modern levels of achievement. This proficiency shall also help boost the popularity of karate.

Despite the fact that there is huge following of Karate in India, there was no professional system to take karate to the next level. Only IPKC can clear the blockade between “Opportunities” and “Beneficiaries” where coaches and players of karate will be benefitted with “bouquet of opportunities”.


Karate is NOT a spectator Sport and fails in attracting general public to stadiums. Karate competitions have become too boring from broadcast perspective since the Sports Karate governing body converted it to "Touch and Run Away Sport".

Since sports karate tournaments are funded by participants, organisers always prefer mass-participation of over 1000 athletes and hundreds of weight categories. Consequently, such events become carnivals where every second athlete is a winner.

Although there is NO weight categories in traditional Karate, it needed complete OVERHAUL in its competitions rules that would attract spectators and enhance fan engagement.


"Power, Speed, Control and Variations" are the FOUR fundamental principles that guided the development of new technical rules of competitions.

Sensei Rajeev Sinha researched and developed new technical rules that was initially protested by the World community but later accepted as the only solution.

From Grass-root level to World level, IPKC has designed following events:

Establishing Aspirational Connect – Sound Funding and Stardom to Athletes

Establishing Aspirational Connect – Sound Funding and Stardom to Athletes Establish aspirational connect amongst the existing and future karate practitioners. India alone boasts of over 40 million karate practitioners who pay to learn and compete.

However, in absence of top end events, there is significant number of drop-outs as the current amateur format does not provide platform for trainees dream of becoming Virat Kohlis or Dhonis or Tendulkars of karate.

UKL – Ultimate Karate League and CuppaSchoola, one at the world-class senior event and another at school level, are the two Mega events that intend to create new Karate Culture in India and across the globe.

1. CuppaSchoola

CuppaSchoola is a scholarship driven event that starts from district level and completes with world level event. Gold medalists at district level wins annual scholarship of Rs. 60,000 while state level gold medalists shall receive Rs. 1,20,000 annual scholarship. The amount increases to Rs. 2,40,000 at National level and (USD) $ 1,00,000 (approximately Rs. 70 Lakh) at World level. Silver and Bronze medalists receive 50% and 75% lesser respectively.

2. UKL – Ultimate Karate League

UKL Ultimate Karate League is set to kick-start in caravan format with 6 city teams, i.e., Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ranchi and Kolkata. Each team shall have 6 athletes with 50% of team strength being of foreign athletes and 50% being of Indian athletes. Marquee players in each team shall be World Champions.

3. National Championships

Till 2018, there have been 33 National Championships conducted. National Championships are convened to filter athletes for higher level of tournaments.