Sport Karate competition in Australia started to generate momentum as a sport during the mid 1980's. This momentum seen several major event promoters come together to form a tournament circuit. As time progressed this group sort recognition and sanctioning from the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA). This recognition was granted during the 1990's as ISKA exploded world wide quickly becoming the dominant Martial Arts and Combat Sports sanctioning authority globally.
The tournament circuit continued to operate in Australia under the ISKA brand until 2015, at which time formal structure was brought into play with the International Sports Karate Association Australia Incorporated being formed as a registered Australian Body under Fair trade NSW. The aim of this new organisation was to become the peak body for sports martial arts competition in Australia.
At the 2019 International Sports Karate Association Australia Incorporated annual general meeting a special resolution was passed to take the organisation to the next level and restructure into National Sport Karate Australia Ltd. An entity limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act (2001). Again the focus being acting as the peak body for sports martial arts competition in Australia.
This new entity better aligned with the expectations of major sporting bodies in Australia and while still primarily sanctioned by the ISKA it allowed for opportunities to be explored with additional sanctioning authorities to ensure all Martial Arts types held at out competitions are appropriately represented.