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This year due to covid the European Kenpo Karate Championship will be held online instead of in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
In 1964, Ed Parker held his first “International Karate Championships” (IKC) in Long Beach, California, which became the largest Martial Arts tournament in the US for many years. The IKC´s brought out some of the best martial artists from around the world.
In 1982 the first IKC Europe was held in Jersey hosted by Roy Mc Donald, with Mr Parker as special guest.
The second IKC Europe in 1983 was in Willich, Germany. It was Rainer Schulte, being the European director for the I.K.K.A. at that time, that started this IKC Europe in order to give some of the European I.K.K.A. members a chance to compete at the I.K.K.A. level, since most could not afford to travel to Long Beach. The original 3 coloured IKC flame patch was altered to the Black & Silver version for these yearly events.
In the following years there were still the “Internationals” in Long Beach each year, while there was also a European Camp or Tournament being held in the following countries:
At a meeting held in Exeter, England in early 1990 Mr. Parker had spoken of his desire to see annual tournaments held in Europe and was particularly interested in seeing one held in Dublin. This meeting was attended by the following European I.K.K.A. instructors: Roy MacDonald, Graham L’Elliot, Paul Dowling, Shay McNamee, Ed Downey, Mervyn Ormand, Garry Ellis, Jakki McVicar, and Jose Maria Gutierrez.
Following to that meeting, successful I.K.K.A. events were held annually with Mrs Parker attending as I.K.K.A. president.
Being held from 1964 ’till 2014, the IKC´s have been the longest running Martial Arts event in history.