USA Karate


See Something, Say Something

If you know of or suspect a violation of any of the SafeSport Policies or Procedures you are required to report the incident.

Sexual Misconduct Involving a Minor:

All Other Violations:

  • USA Karate Ethics website - or 844-598-1865
  • Report via an incident report form emailed to the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson
  • Contacting the CEO or Ethics Committee Chairperson directly

CEO Contact: Phil Hampel –, 719-309-6030

Ethics Committee Chairperson Contact: Chris Hodgin

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the National Office for additional assistance. We look forward to partnering with each of you as we work together to ensure a Safe Sport! 


Click here to download the incident report form



If you know of or suspect a violation of any of the SafeSport Policies or Procedures you are required to report the incident.

SafeSport Program

The USA Karate’s SafeSport Program will provide training regarding the establishment of safe environments for competition and training, will ensure that each USA Karate Official, Coach, Adult National Team Member, Committee Member, Staff and Board Member has passed a comprehensive background check, completed the SafeSport Training and reviewed the Participant Safety Handbook. This compliance is a condition of membership per our bylaws for official and coach members.

Program Components

The SafeSport Program will consist of a background check and online education sessions. Both of these items must be completed as a condition of membership for Officials and Coaches and required to participate as a Referee, Judge, or Credentialed Coach at Signature Events. Those who have not completed both will not be allowed to participate in any capacity at any USA Karate Signature Event. 



Background checks must  be completed every 2 years. The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is our vendor and will recheck each applicant annually. The cost of the background screening is approximately $30 depending on your state. You'll be able to access your background check though your membership account at



All required members over the age of 18 will be need to complete the FREE training course supplied by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This course replaces the material previously found on the TeamUSA Training site. 

Training is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.  Individuals under the age of 18 will require parental consent in order to take the training. 

SafeSport training must be completed every year. Therefore, anyone who is due to renew their SafeSport training or is completing training for the first time will need to complete the new course.



The website to take the new course is Users will have to create an account using the code that is available on the membership portal at by logging in where the instructions for completing the training will be available to members. You will need the code in order for your results to be linked to USA Karate – if you do not use this code, USA Karate will not be notified of your compliance, so please remember this when signing up.

Click here to download the SafeSport and Background Check compliance FAQ



These free online trainings are designed as an introduction for minor athletes and their parents or other caregivers to understand the importance of positive, welcoming environments in sports, where misconduct like bullying or abuse is less likely to happen, and to know where to report abuse, should it occur.

Each course is hosted on and requires parental consent in order to complete registration. Not sure which course is right for you? Download the course options: Youth Training Flyer

View the SafeSport Youth Training FAQ

Additional Information


The collection of all SafeSport Policies and procedures for you to review are found in the Participant Safety Handbook. The latest version can be found here.



USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies are in compliance with the requirements from the U.S.Center for SafeSport's Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy to cover both our minor athletes and minor regional officials. Review these policies: USA-NKF Minor Athletes and Officials Abuse Prevention Policies



You can look up a member over the age of 18 to verify their compliance with SafeSport requirements of USA Karate.  Only certain athlete members are required to be compliant with SafeSport requirements as defined in the Participant Safety Handbook.  All official, coach, regional referee and club participants are required to be SafeSport compliant.


SafeSport compliant means they have completed the annual SafeSport training from the US Center for SafeSport and have completed a background check with NCSI and have a clear check or an approved exception. See background check policy in the Participant Safety Handbook.


Individuals with an expired membership or Compliance Incomplete are not authorized by USA Karate to be in a position of authority or to have regular contact with athletes.


Search for SafeSport compliance here



USA National Karate-do Federation Banned Members: 

Individual Year of Action Action
Michael Ritter 1997 Permanently Ineligible by USA-NKF
Michael Shimabukuro 2010 Permanently Ineligible by USA-NKF
Frank Pugarita 2017 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Michael Ford 2017

10-year Suspension with 3 years abated -
5-year probation by the US Center for SafeSport

James Buchen 2018 Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Ernest Bolen 2018 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Walter Arevalo 2018 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
Patrick Martin 2019 Permanently Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport
David Crosby 2020 Ineligible by the US Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movements are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the SafeSport Code.

See SafeSport's Centralized Disciplinary Database list. 

Individuals listed as USA Karate Suspended or Ineligible Members or found in the US Center for SafeSport’s Centralized Disciplinary Database are precluded from participation in USA Karate, including: serving on the Board of Directors, Committees or as a member of a Task Force; participating in any manner at our signature or sanctioned events; being credentialed as a guest, VIP, athlete, coach, official, companion or vendor at signature or sanctioned events; traveling with the Senior or Junior National Team in any capacity.

Related Links and Resources

USA Center for SafeSport 

Report a Concern

National Center for Safety Initiatives (Background Screening) 

US Government Anti-Bullying Program

National Boys Town Hotline - 24/7 Counseling Services


For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport helpline for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. 


NCA represents the national network of Child Advocacy Centers (CAC). CACs host a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocates and mental health practitioners who investigate instances of child abuse and neglect.


This national hotline serves people affected by sexual violence. To search for local centers, visit or call the hotline phone number, 800.656.HOPE.


The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine provides a national network of 160 local crisis centers and provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.