Karenzukai Emblem

History and Meaning of the Karenzukai Emblem

karenzukai karate association patch and emblem

Near the inception of the Karenzukai Association, Dr. Bernard Collins designated two students (Johnny Crawford and James Wilder) to design an emblem that reflected the philosophies of the organization. Dr. Collins explained that he would like something which represented unity, knowledge, strength and fighting ability.

  • The two hands joined at the top of the patch illustrate races joined in brotherhood.
  • The mountain centered in the patch symbolizes strength. Mountains have withstood the forces of nature for thousands of years.
  • The river symbolizes knowledge, which flows down from the Sensei to the student and beyond.
  • The fist at the bottom of the patch represents the fighting ability and, if necessary, the means by which to defend unity and knowledge.