Karate World Championships

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The WKF Karate World Championships also known as the World Karate Championships, are the highest level of competition for Karate.[1][2][3][4][5] The competition is held in a different city every two years.[6] The most recent events include Madrid in 2002; Monterrey in 2004; Tampere in 2006; Tokyo in 2008, and Belgrade in 2010.[7][8] The competition was initially riddled with controversy regarding Karate stylists and the ruleset.[2][9][10][11][12]

In 1984 women were first allowed to compete in competitions.[9]

Competition and events


  • Individual kumite - Men and Women
  • Team kumite - Men and Women

Kumite Rule

The result of a bout is determined by a contestant obtaining a clear lead of eight points, or at time-up, having the highest number of points, obtaining a decision (hantei), or by an accumulation of prohibited behaviors, imposed against a contestant.


  • Ippon (three points)
    • Jodan kicks (high kicks)
    • Any scoring technique delivered on a thrown or fallen opponent
  • Waza-ari (two points)
    • Chudan kicks (middle kicks)
  • Yuko (one point)
    • Tsuki (punch)
    • Uchi (strike)
  • Jodan (head, face, neck), Chudan (abdomen, chest, back, side)
  • Prohibited behavior
    • Category 1
      • Techniques which make excessive contact, having regard to the scoring area attacked, and techniques which make contact with the throat.
      • Attacks to the arms or legs, groin, joints, or instep.
      • Attacks to the face with open hand techniques.
      • Dangerous or forbidden throwing techniques.
    • Category 2
      • Feigning, or exaggerating injury.
      • Exit from the competition area (jogai) not caused by the opponent.
      • Self-endangerment by indulging in behavior, which exposes the contestant to injury by the opponent, or failing to take adequate measures for self-protection (mubobi).
      • Avoiding combat as a means of preventing the opponent having the opportunity to score.
      • Passivity – not attempting to engage in combat (cannot be given after less than the last 10 seconds of the match).
      • Clinching, wrestling, pushing, or standing chest to chest without attempting a scoring technique or takedown.
      • Grabbing the opponent with both hands for any other reasons than executing a takedown upon catching the opponents kicking leg.
      • Grabbing the opponents arm or karategi with one hand without immediately attempting a scoring technique or takedown.
      • Techniques, which by their nature, cannot be controlled for the safety of the opponent and dangerous and uncontrolled attacks.
      • Simulated attacks with the head, knees, or elbows.
      • Talking to, or goading the opponent, failing to obey the orders of the referee.
  • Terms of warnings and penalties.
  • Chukoku is imposed for the first instance of a minor infraction for the applicable category.
  • Keikoku is imposed for the second instance of a minor infraction for that category, or for infractions not sufficiently srious to merit Hansoku-chui.
  • Hansoku-chui is a warning of disqualification usually imposed for infractions for which a KEIKOKU has previously been given in that bout although it may be imposed directly for serious infringements, which do not merit HANSOKU
  • Hansoku is the penalty of disqualification following a very serious infraction or when a HANSOKU CHUI has already been given. In team matches the fouled competitor’s score will be set at eight points and the offender’s score will be zeroed.


team kata with bunkai


Year Host City Country
1970 Tokyo  Japan
1972 Paris  France
1975 Long Beach  United States
1977 Tokyo  Japan
1980 Madrid  Spain
1982 Taipei  Republic of China (Taiwan)
1984 Maastricht  Netherlands
1986 Sydney  Australia
1988 Cairo  Egypt
1990 Mexico City  Mexico
1992 Granada  Spain
1994 Kota Kinabalu  Malaysia
1996 Sun City  South Africa
1998 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil
2000 Munich  Germany
2002 Madrid  Spain
2004 Monterrey  Mexico
2006 Tampere  Finland
2008 Tokyo  Japan
2010 Belgrade  Serbia
2012 Paris  France
2014 Bremen  Germany
2016 Linz  Austria

See also


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  8. "Karate World Championship to be Held in Belgrade Next Year". Ministry of Sport. Retrieved 2011-05-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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