Steve Arneil


Steve Arneil

Steve Arneil


1934. South Africa.

Where Trained

South Africa and Japan.


Masutatsu Oyama

Current Grade

8th Dan. Awarded by the British Karate Community for services to karate in Great Britain.

Hanshi Steve Arneil achieved a black belt in Judo at the age of 17, he also took a keen interest in Kenpo and Karate.

In 1962 he travelled to Japan where he studied karate under the training of Masutatsu Oyama. By 1965 he had gained his 3rd Dan, and was the first person to complete the 100 man kumite after Masutatsu Oyama. Steve Arneil was 'adopted' my Oyama to allow him to marry a Japanese woman.

After his marriage Steve and his new wife travelled to Great Britain and with Shihan Bob Boulton founded the British Karate Kyokushinkai (BKK) organisation.

During 1968-1976 he was the team manager and coach for the All Styles English and British Karate team, which became the first non-Japanese team to win the World Karate Championship in 1975/76.

In 1991, Steve Arneil and the BKK resigned from the International Karate Organisation (IKO) and founded the International Federation of Karate (IFK) which currently has a membership of over 100,000 in up to 19 different countries.

Steve Arneil is currently the President of the BKK and the head of the IFK.

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