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On the road to Tokyo: Dorata Banaszczyk

May 29, 2019 Leave a comment

THE POLISH KARATEKA TALKS ABOUT HER STUNNING WIN AT LAST YEAR’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HER EXCITEMENT AHEAD OF KARATE’S OLYMPIC DEBUT NEXT YEAR IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE SPORT.

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“For people in Poland it was a shock; my friends from the team did not believe what was going on, and it was hard to believe,” she recalls. “For the first time in the history of the World Championships, we heard our national anthem. For Poland, it was all the more exceptional [given] that the whole thing took place on the eve of the anniversary of independence.

“When it comes to karate in Poland, unfortunately we do not have the conditions for professional sports. I managed to do something from nothing – in fact alone with the coach and a small group of people. We earned this success and proved that if you want to, you can fulfil your dreams. Now we are working hard on the next step – participation in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

Hailing from the industrial city of Lodz in central Poland, Banaszczyk seemed destined for karate, despite the less-than-encouraging initial reactions of some of her contemporaries. “For as long as I can remember, I was drawn to martial arts,” she said. “My dad was a judoka, and I always liked to compete with my brother, who is one year younger, so when I went to my first karate class at the age of seven, it’s not surprising that I liked it immediately.

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WKF launches #karate2024 campaign to request Paris 2024 inclusion

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

Petition karate in Paris 2024

February 22, 2019 4 comments

Breakdancing among four sports proposed for Olympic Games inclusion by Paris 2024

February 21, 2019 Leave a comment

2018 WKF Calendar/Draft

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Karate Kid Cup/Swedish Junior Trophy 2017

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Heian Cup 2017

August 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Karate Celebrates Memorable Edition of The World Games

August 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Rising karatekas shocked favorites at The World Games. (WKF)

When the last of the winners of the Karate competition at The World Games received their medals and the closing ceremony put an end to the thrilling tournament, all the members of the Karate family participating at the event in Wroclaw (Poland) shared the feeling of having lived a historical moment for the sport.

The World Games 2017 which were held in Wroclaw (Poland) this past week represented the last participation of Karate in the multi-sport event before the Olympic debut of the discipline in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. This last edition of The World Games was considered memorable by the Karate family since many surprises took over the competition and all the categories were full of emotional moments.

“I had been working hard for this competition for a long time,” said Japan’s Kiyou Shimizu. “My intention is to focus on reaching my top level at the Olympic Games, and The World Games are an important stepping stone in this goal. I know I can be even better and I am putting my mind into it,” pointed out the winner of the Female Kata competition who added the crown at The World Games to her impressive tally of two world titles, five golds in Karate 1-Premier League, one continental title and two titles in underage World Championships. Her outstanding performance in Wroclaw was so remarkable that she was selected one of the Athletes of the Day of the event.

“I have learned a lot from The World Games. I hope that this recognition will contribute to further introduce Karate to the world,” said the Japanese Kata queen.

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New signal for SENSHU in Kumite competitions

April 21, 2017 1 comment

The new signal will be implemented from now on in all WKF Kumite Competitions.

• Like before, the Referee will first give the point and then announce SENSHU.
• While announcing SENSHU the Referee will not turn towards Kansa but continues to watch the contestant.
• After SENSHU is announced the Referee will re-start the match accordingly.

Draw Swedish kata Trophy 2017

February 21, 2017 Leave a comment
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