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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 (brown, black & red) IKC flame patch was altered to the Black & Silver version for these anual 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:
Jersey CI – 1984 till 1988
Exeter UK – 1990
Plymouth UK – 1991
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 IKKA 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 IKKA events were held annually with Mrs Parker attending as IKKA president in:
1991 Ireland | ’92-’94 Jersey | 1995 Spain | 1996 Jersey | 1997 Holland | 1998 Greece | 1999 Ireland | 2000 Jersey
In 2001 Mrs Leilani Parker and the IKKA took the “Internationals” and made it a truly International event,
by travelling to the following IKKA Countries:
2001 Portugal | 2002 Spain | 2003 USA | 2005 Greece | 2006 Holland | 2007 Mexico | 2009 USA | 2010 USA
2011 Spain | 2013 USA | 2014 USA
From 1964 ’till 2014, the IKC´s have been the longest running Martial Arts event in history.
The IKKA European Championships are back and being held again on a yearly basis.
2018 Germany | 2019 Holland | 2020 Holland
YOUTH | TEENS | ADULTS
Join the European Championships and compete with other
IKKA Europe members by participating in multiple divisions. Every member can compete; from white belts to black belts.
All divisions are divided into color belt ranks, black belt ranks
and different age group categories.