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The 2023 World Karate Championships will be held from 24 to 29 October 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.


The Karate World Championships, also known as the World Karate Championships, are the highest level of competition for karate organized by the World Karate Federation (WKF). The competition is held in a different city every two years.[6] Championships in the 2000s included Madrid in 2002, Monterrey in 2004, Tampere in 2006, Tokyo in 2008, and Belgrade in 2010. The competition was initially riddled with controversy regarding karate styles and the ruleset.


In 1980, women were first allowed to compete in the championships.


Kumite Rules

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


Scoring & Penalties

Ippon (three points)

·         Jodan (head, face, neck) kicks

·         Any scoring technique delivered on a thrown or fallen opponent


Waza-ari (two points)

·         Chudan (abdomen, chest, back, side) kicks


Yuko (one point)

·         Tsuki (punch)

·         Uchi (strike)


Prohibited behavior

Category 1

·         Techniques which make excessive contact, in regards to the scoring area attacked, or 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 reason than executing a takedown upon catching the opponent's kicking leg

·         Grabbing the opponent's arm or karategi (uniform) 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 other 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


Warnings and penalties

·         Chukoku is imposed for the first instance of a minor infraction in the applicable category.

·         Keikoku is imposed for the second instance of a minor infraction in that category, or for infractions not serious enough 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; 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 offender's score will be zeroed and the opponent's score will be set at eight points.

·         Shikkaku is a penalty of disqualification in which the offender is expelled from the entire tournament. Generally, it is given for particularly severe infringements, beyond that which would normally result in hansoku being given. In a team match, the offender’s score is set to zero, and the non-offender’s score is set to eight points, as with a normal hansoku.



Individual kata – men and women

Team kata (synchronized) – men and women

Team kata with bunkai




1. Conformity - with standards in form and style (Ryu-ha)


2. Technical performance:

·         Techniques

·         Stances

·         Transitional movements

·         Timing/Synchronisation

·         Correct breathing

·         Focus (Kime)

·         Technical difficulty


3. Athletic performance:

·         Strength

·         Speed

·         Balance

·         Rhythm


4. Fouls:

·         Minor loss of balance

·         Performing a movement in an incorrect or incomplete manner

·         Asynchronous movement

·         Use of audible cues

·         Belt coming loose

·         Time wasting

·         Cause injury in the execution of Bunkai



Source Link:


Karate News

2023 WKF World Karate Championships




Apr 23, 2023

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