Things to know about karate competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
THE ABSOLUTE BASICS
- There are two types of events: kata (form) other kumite (combat)
- On kata, individuals demonstrate offensive and defensive moves against a virtual opponent and are scored on factors including speed, pace, balance, sharpness, and power.
- Competitors choose between 102 forms of kata and they are not allowed to repeat the same kata during a single competition.
- The kumite The event involves two competitors facing each other with the goal of landing scoring hits in target areas that are awarded one to three points.
HOW MANY MEDALS?
Eight gold medals are up for grabs, including one for men’s and women’s kata. Kumite is divided into three weight categories for men (-67 kg, -75 kg, + 75 kg) and women (-55 kg, -61 kg, + 61 kg)
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?
There will be 80 ‘karatekas’ competing as the karate does its Debut at the Olympics. His future at the Games remains uncertain as karate will not be on the Paris 2024 program
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?
WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?
Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of traditional Japanese martial arts, built in 1964. The venue hosted judo for the Tokyo Olympics that year and is also a popular venue for rock concerts, including The Beatles in 1966.
HOW DO WE GET HERE?
karate It was probably formed through the mixture of indigenous defensive tactics practiced by the warrior class in the Ryukyu Kingdom, now Japan’s southernmost Okinawa prefecture, and Chinese martial arts. It began to spread across Japan in the 1920s and now has more than 130 million enthusiasts in nearly 200 countries, according to the World Karate Federation.
WELL FANCY THAT
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has a black belt in karate and was instrumental in getting him a spot in the Olympics, leading a group of lawmakers in lobbying efforts while he was chief cabinet secretary.
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