History of Karate in Uganda»
Karate-Do was introduced in Uganda in the early seventies
(1970s) by a Japanese instructor, sensei Tamora. Tamora now living in the Kenyan
capital Nairobi, left Uganda in the late seventies (1970s) during the rule of
field martial Idi Amin Dada (RIP).
After the departure of sensei Tamora, one of his senior
students, sempai John Okurut (deceased) was left in charge of Karate-Do in the
country and he headed a Goju-ryu club in Kampala city, Dragon karate-Do club. He
maintained it until 1985 when he passed away.
Prior to that, in 1981, sensei James Opio Gonzales, by then a
sempai and member of Dragon Karate-Do club, had returned from Nairobi where he
had spent some good time acquiring skills of Shotokan karate. He introduced
Shotokan in Uganda.
After the death of sempai Okurut, some karate clubs switched
from Goju-ryu to Shotokan style. However some few members remained practicing
the Goju-ryu style beside Shotokan. From then, the Shotokan style took root and
is presently the most practiced style in Uganda with many senior members.
In the late 1980s, karate-do practitioners came together and
formulated themselves into Uganda Karate-Do Association. They elected sensei
Haruna Sentumbwe as the Association's president who led the association until
2005 when different karate styles namely Shotokan, Wado-Ryu and Goju-Kai agreed
to draft a new constitution to form a federation. The result was, Uganda
Karate-Do Federation (UKF), which now is the main interest organisation and
represent Karate in Uganda.
The federation, which has over 15 registered member
clubs, voted it’s first current
executive into office March 2005. The elections were held at Uganda National
Council of Sports (NCS) Lugogo indoor stadium.