Founded by Master Allen Wheeler in 1986, the Okinawan
Karatedo Union (O.K.U.) is a non-profit martial arts organization open to all
karate styles. Since its inception the O.K.U. has become known for the quality
of its members. Headed by, and supported by its members the O.K.U.
provides a wide variety of instruction opportunities. The Okinawan
Karatedo Union now boast members from around the nation and around the world.
The purpose of O.K.U. is simple, to learn, develop and grow in
knowledge of the art of karate-do. The Okinawan Karatedo Union
also encourages the exchange of information, ideas and techniques between other
martial art unions, associations and memberships. The O.K.U.
understands and accepts the idea that organizations will maintain different
ideas and motivations, therefore, it does not seek to force or impose it's fundamentals
on others. The "O.K.U. Technique" is the official
magazine distributed by the Okinawan Karate-Do Union. This is one the
best organizational publications currently available and is free with your
membership. The O.K.U. Technique magazine is distributed quarterly.
The O.K.U. is an organization of its
members and by its members, devoted to growing in our art through dedication,
study, education and exchange of ideas and information.
In addition, the O.K.U. assist it's members in the sponsorship of
promotional events, provides rank documentation, certification and
validation. The O.K.U. board also provides testing for roku-dan rank (6th
degree black belt) and above to qualified individuals.
Unlike other organizations, the O.K.U does not
"rubber stamp" it's promotions and is the only organization to fail
more karateka than it promotes. This adds to the validity of a rank
promotion authorized by the O.K.U. and to the quality of the O.K.U. members