Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Martial Arts - Books | DVDs | Top 10 | Sparring | Shoes | Uniforms

This free martial arts wiki will help you with Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, Terminology, etc. We will also help you with your martial arts Agility, Balance, Conditioning, Flexibility, Speed, Strength, etc. Page Date - 21 Nov 2017 21:02

Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

This page focuses on Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It examines the kumite and kata events at the Tokyo Olympics. As we get closer to 2020 Olympics, we will add more details (i.e. match dates, match winners, etc.) to this page.

Karate has been newly added to the Olympics because the Olympic games in 2020 will take place in Japan. Karate joins Taekwondo, Judo, Boxing, Wrestling and Fencing as one of the martial arts "sports" at the 2020 Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics will will run from July 24 to August 09, 2020.

Martial Arts Books - Karate Books

Kumite (Sparring)

Kumite at the 2020 Olympics will consist of male and female divisions. Each division will have 5 weight classes. According to the Tokyo Olympic website, kumite at the 2020 Olympics will consist of non-contact sparring matches (unlike Kyokushin sparring matches which are full contact). "Competitors send tsuki, or punches, and keri, or kicks, with explosive force at the prescribed regions of their opponent's body. However, a tsuki or keri never actually hits the opponent because competitors perform every tsuki and keri with absolute control, enabling them to stop the motion suddenly only millimetres before coming into contact with their opponent".

"There are four ways of determining victory or defeat: (1) a lead of eight points scored within the prescribed duration of the match determines the scorer as the winner; (2) withdrawal from the match, rule violation, or disqualification by one competitor determines the other as the winner; (3) an advantage in points scored by the end of the prescribed duration of the match determines the scorer as the winner; or (4) in the case of a tied score at the end of the prescribed duration of the match, a decision by the judges determines the winner".


Kata at the 2020 Olympics will consist of male and female divisions. According to the Tokyo Olympic website, Karate participants can choose kata from "75 types designated by the WKF. At the tournament, competitors are required to demonstrate a different kata for each match, including the final".

"Competitors are judged on the speed and power of their tsuki and keri, and are also required to show their understanding of the meaning, or principle, carried by the kata they demonstrate… Under conventional competition rules, one competitor is assigned a blue belt and the other a red belt, and each take turns demonstrating his or her kata. The outcome of the competition is determined under a flag system, where five judges who each have a blue flag and a red flag raise either to signal which competitor, they believe, won: the one with more flags raised in his or her favour is declared the winner."

Reference Sources

  1. Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sport/olympic/karate/

Martial Arts Books
Aikido | BJJ | Flexibility | Kids | Judo | Karate
Krav Maga | Shotokan | Taekwondo | Top 10 | Zen | Other

Other Popular Black Belt Wiki Pages

Join the Black Belt Wiki Community. This is the wiki's free martial arts social networking site!!!
Beginners & color belts can ask questions, share knowledge & meet fellow martial artists. Black belts can teach and help those just starting out. You will learn more about your style, other martial arts and/or new techniques. You can also join the wiki community via Facebook.

New Community Posts - Recent Member Posts & Questions

  • Top 10 Samurai Movies Since I am updating the wiki's section on the best martial arts movies, I thought you might like this clip on the "top 10" samurai movies. Here is the wiki's section on classic martial arts movies - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/martial-arts-movies Wi...
  • Planks & Martial Arts Strength This Popular Science article looks at how planks help to reduce lower back pain in runners - https://www.popsci.com/deep-core-muscle-running-back-pain#page-2 This should be true for any endurance sports (i.e. martial arts) because planks focus on your...
  • It's Supposed To Hurt I have visited many martial arts schools over the years and I am struck by the lengths some teachers go to provide a fun, enjoyable experience for their students. Pleasant, colorful atmosphere, crisp, starched uniforms with no blood or sweat stains, mi...
  • New member here: Share my experience New member to BB Wiki community and want to publish my first post and share my experience. First, I am 66 years old, and have been practicing Tae Kwon Do, with Shotokan as the present discipline. When I was in my 20's I studied TKD under Master Ky Yun...

Popular Community Posts - Top-Rated Member Posts & Questions

Latest Martial Arts Pages Added to Black Belt Wiki

If you find this free martial arts website useful,
we hope you will bookmark us or add us to your phone’s home screen.
Or follow us on Twitter, RSS, Facebook or by email.

Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.

Martial Arts Gear