Karate is making its debut at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Karate is a martial art that originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Through its effective combination of punching, kicking and open-hand techniques, karate quickly spread in Japan. The many values of the discipline such as perseverance, honor and respect, together with the wide array of physical elements led to its expansion. By the 1960s and 1970s the growing notoriety of martial arts movies contributed to increasing karate’s popularity around the world.    

48 Athletes (24 women and 24 men)

Women / Men / Kumite -53 kg, -59 kg, +59 kg (women); -61 kg, -68 kg, +68 kg (men)



The competition takes place in a square mat usually denominated ‘tatami’.


The contestants, Aka (red) and Ao (blue), compete against each other trying to score points by using different punching, kicking and takedown techniques.


The duration of the bouts will be two minutes (actual time) for men and for women.


Scoring System: Contestants receive points according to correctly executed techniques (controlled punches, strikes and kicks).


The valid points in Kumite are as follows: One ("Yuko") point for a straight punch or strikes delivered to the body and/or face. Two ("Waza-Ari") points for a middle kick delivered to the body. Three ("Ippon") points for a high kick delivered to the head, or for a punch delivered on an opponent who has been taken to the ground after a sweep or takedown.


The winner is the athlete claiming the highest number of points at full time.

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