Kancho Bernard Creton 10th Dan

  • World Knockdown Championship, 1979 Tokyo

Chairman WIBK President & Founder Karate Jutsu Kai

Kancho Bernard Creton’s martial arts career started when he began practicing Judo as a boy. While he enjoyed the hard physical approach he was quickly converted on first seeing karate and realising its greater practical potential. His first foray into his new discipline was a local Shotokan group. While he enjoyed rapid progress due to his single-minded approach he quickly realised the limitations of his instructor. His complete absorption with anything to do with martial arts led him to a demonstration by a youthful Brian Dowler. Recognising the increased scope of the new style of Kyokushinkai, he changed direction.

Mas Oyama’s Kyokushinkai Karate continued to absorb him completely for many years, culminating in his success in the World Open Knockdown tournament in 1979 (ranked 6th in the World). The preparation for the success had cost Kancho Creton many years of back-breaking work down the road of knockdown competitions representing the UK and away from the areas of his major interest, such as improving the depth of the style’s kata and rationalizing its basics and the way they were taught. His suggestions to the British group’s hierarchy on these and the like were met with a lack of enthusiasm, and he regretfully decided that the only way to see his ideas bearing fruit was to found a new coherent system from the ground up. Along with Brian Dowler, whose great political reputation gave the new undertaking the necessary aura of gravity, he launched the British Karate Jutsu Renmei in 1980.

For a number of years he worked earnestly laying the foundations of a Karate style incorporating all of the important areas, as he saw them, into a lucid whole. During that time, however, it became increasingly obvious that his own views and those of Hanshi Dowler were slowly diverging. In 1986, this led ultimately to the amicable split of the B.K.J.R. into two separate groups. With his gift of insight Kancho Bernard Creton recognised the need in his own group for a sign of its ascension from a respected physical system to one incorporating more spiritual values. He decided on the name of British Karate Do Karate Jutsu Kai, emphasizing the unbreakable bond between the demanding physical practice and the strict ethical code embodied by Karate in its purest forms. In 1991 the saga of the realisation of one man’s dream was the interchanging of Kokusai for British as the style became international with the setting up of the Danish arm by Kancho Bernard Creton.

In 2012, together with Kaicho Henk Kuipers, the need for a global union of true traditional martial artists and styles, was realised and together the World Indpendent Budo Kai (WIBK) was born.


  • 1962:    Started Judo at the age of 11.
  • 1964:    First introduction to karate was a Shotokan demo. Shortly after a karate class started in the same Judo club, the instructor taught what he called Oyama Karate.
  • 1966:    Visited a karate club in Croyon run by Bryan Dowler teaching Kyokushinkai.  This was life changing and set Kancho on his path.
  • 1971:    British Karate Kyokushinkai under 21 National Champion.
  • 1972:    Graded to 1st Dan
  • 1974:    Travelled to New York to live and study under Shihan Tadashi Nakamura, and Sensei Nobuyuki Kishi.
  • 1976:    First person to fight full contact in Great Britain at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
  • 1977:    Captain of BKK National Knockdown Squad.  First person to complete the 50 Man Kumite as part of the 3rd Dan grading.
  • 1978:    4th place Open European Knockdown tournament.
  • 1979:    Finalist British Open Knockdown.  6th in the 2nd World Knockdown Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1980:    Together with Bryan Dowler formed British Karate Jutsu Remnei.
  • 1985:    5th Dan.   Amicable split with Bryan Dowler and Kancho formed his own style British Karate Do Karate Jutsu Kai.
  • 1991:    International arm of Karate Jutsu Kai was formed.
  • 2010:    9th Dan.
  • 2012:    Co-founder of World Independent Budo Kai (WIBK).
  • 2013:    Kaicho Henk Kuipers adopts a non-active honorary role in the WIBK and Kancho Bernard Creton becomes WIBK Chairman.
  • 2014:    WIBK International Headquarters Geneva awards promotion to 10th Dan