A man in white and black uniform practicing karate on the beach.


Kancho M. Bambouyani ITKA Karate chief instructor.

World is a great place with great instructors, success of ITKA Karate is not an accident. It is results of 5 decades, of care for our community, hard training, daily teaching, serving communities in Chicago and aroun the world.  Kancho M. Bambouyani   The chief instructor of the ITKA Karate Association is world renowned Kancho M. Bambouyani, 9th Dan. for decades Kancho has appeared on major television stations including CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, FOX, WCIU, as well as major newspaper publications such as the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. In the 1970s, Kancho M. Bambouyani began teaching at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Kancho’s wisdom, knowledge of karate combined with his skill, ability, dedication, patience and understanding have helped develop numerous U.S. National and International champions. Currently Kancho travels around the world to instruct the black belts and masters. For decades he invited guest instructors from Japan and Okinawa to Chicago to advance the art of Karate. Kancho M. Bambouyani has donated much of his time and spent many years helping the Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Park District. Kancho served as the President of the Northside Task Force Chicago Commission on Human Relations: to help the city of Chicago to create unity among different ethnicity’, religions in Chicago. Kancho served as the Chairman of Membership for the Chamber of Commerce, as well foe many yeas he was a member of the community advisory board for the president of Wright College. For many years Kancho M. Bambouyani and ITKA karate Association teamed up and sponsored annual Karate Tournament

the Children’s Memorial Hospital and Bam earthquake orphans as well as Katrina Hurricane victims.

ITKA Instructors:

  • Kancho M. Bmabouyani
  • Sam Loizos
  • Ralph Cozzi
  • Karl Hanak
  • Robert Medansky
  • Sophia Bambouyani
  • Mike Bambouyani
  • Joseph Merza
  • Faud Merza
  • Mehrdad Hassani
  • Zygmunt Staszewski
  • Joe Greenberg
  • Carla Benedeti
  • Mark Glochowski
  • Debbie Skatchke
  • Everitt Johnson

Excutive branch

Kancho M. Bambouyani

Ralph Cozzi. 4 decades Karate experience

Pete Bulmer 4 decaeds Karate Experience

Bill Busse 3 Decades Karate Experience

Sophia Bambouyani first kick, age 10 months.

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Kancho M. Bambouyani 9th Dan above and below

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