John Nanay

Hanshi John Nanay, President and Chief Instructor of the World Karate Association, has been teaching professionally since 1966. Mr. Nanay holds the rank of 9th Degree Black-belt awarded on November 11, 2009.

  • President, The Academy of Martial Arts, Inc.
  • President, Nanay Enterprises.
  • Past Chair, USA Karate Federation Referee Council.
  • President, Midwest Tai Chi Chuan Federation.
  • Yoga Instructor since 1975.

Mr. Nanay is one of the select few international referees worldwide and has

  • held an international referee clinic in Katmandu, Nepal, January 2005;
  • coached the United States Junior Karate Team to victory in Europe (1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991 & 1992);
  • been appointed International Advisor to the Chairman of the United States of America Karate Federation (USAKF);
  • been inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame (1988);
  • refereed the World Games in London, England (1985);
  • refereed the Maccabiah Games (Jewish Olypics) in Tel Aviv (1985);
  • served as Assistant to the World Referee Council (1984);
  • coached the Illinois Team to victory in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) competition in Chicago;
  • been named “Coach of the Year” of the United States Karate Association (USKA), 1977