The sport of karate will be making its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This is your chance to see the world's top karateka's perform their craft on the world's largest athletic stage.
Here is what you need to know about karate's competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Olympic Karate Schedule
August 5 - Watch Sakura Kokumai compete
Women's Kata, Women Kumite -55kg, Men Kumite -67kg
August 6 - Watch Ariel Torres and Tom Scott compete
Men's Kata, Women Kumite -61kg, Men Kumite -75kg
August 7 - Watch Brian Irr compete
Women Kumite +61kg, Men Kumite +75kg
How to watch
Watch NBC's Olympic Live Stream
7/23 Opening Ceremony 20:00 ET - Watch HERE
8/04 Women's Kata/Women's -55kg Kumite/Men's -67kg Kumite: Elimination Round 21:00 ET - Watch HERE
8/05 Women's Kata/Women's -55kg Kumite/Men's -67kg Kumite: Finals 4:00 ET - Watch HERE
8/05 Men's Kata/Women's -61kg Kumite/Men -75kg Kumite: Elimination Round 21:00 ET - Watch HERE
8/06 Men's Kata/Women's -61kg Kumite/Men -75kg Kumite: Finals 4:00 ET - Watch HERE
8/07 Women's +61kg/Men's +75kg Kumite: All Rounds 1:00 ET - Watch HERE
Olympic Karate Competition
Karate athletes will compete in two karate competition categories at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Athletes will demonstrate offensive and defensive moves against a virtual opponent. In each demonstration, athletes must choose from 1-102 kata movements that are recognized by the World Karate Federation (WKF).
Points are awarded by a panel of judges for stance, technique, transitional movement, timing, correct breathing, focus, conformance, strength, speed and balance. The two highest and two lowest scores garnered by each performance are thrown out, and the remaining three scores are added up.
Medals are awarded to the top 3 performing athletes.
In kumite, two athletes square off in an 8x8 meter mat. Matches end either after 3 minutes or when one of the competitors has earned 8 more points than their opponent. Points are awarded for straight punches to the body or face, middle kicks delivered to the body, and high kicks to their opponent's head or punches delivered on an opponent who has been taken to the ground via sweep or takedown.
Straight punch - 1 point, Yuko
Middle kick - 2 points, Wazari
High kick - 3 points, Ippon
If the three minutes lapse, the competition will the most points wins.
Medals will be awarded to the different weight classes in kumite.
• Fariba Madani, Referee
• Brian Mertel, Coach
• Javier Mantilla, Coach
• Brody Burns, Coach
• Elizabeth Sottile, Team Leader
• Nicole Clinton, Athletic Trainer
• Jessica Bartley, Sports Psychologist
• Maile Chinen, Host City Coordinator
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