The World Karate Federation (WKF) is the international governing body for Karate, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1999. The WKF was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

The WKF is responsible for organizing and regulating Karate competitions at the international level. It sets the rules for Karate competitions, promotes the sport worldwide, and oversees the organization of major international events, such as the Karate World Championships.

The WKF has a membership of over 190 National Karate Federations around the world, each responsible for promoting and developing Karate in their respective countries. The WKF also oversees the ranking system for Karate athletes, which is used to determine seeding for major events.

Since Karate was officially added to the Olympic program for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the WKF has been working closely with the IOC to ensure that the sport is showcased at the highest level. The WKF is committed to promoting the values and benefits of Karate worldwide and to continuing to grow the sport both in terms of participation and popularity.