Japan will organise for the first time in its history a WKF Premier League and decided to host it in the birthplace of Karate, Okinawa.
The whole Karate family has been expecting it for a long time, and will be more than keen to explore the roots of our Martial art at this occasion.
As a proof of the high expectations, almost 350 participants have already registered, a record for a first Karate 1 edition. Even more significant is that athletes from 65 nations will take part of the competition and will, for most of them, discover the country of karate for the first time.
Additionally, this Premier League event in Okinawa comes only two months before the World Senior Championships in Bremen, Germany, and will then represent an important competition for some national teams, such as Japan, Turkey, France, … that will be represented by some of their best competitors. We can expect a high level of karate during all the competition.
The Competition will open in Okinawa on August 30, 2014. The Venue will be the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts.
Saturday August 30
09:00 Opening Ceremony
09:30~12:30 Individual Kata (qualifying rounds, repechages) & Team Kata (qualifying rounds and repechages)
12:30 ~ 12:45 Finals (Individual Kata)
12:45 ~ 12:50 Award Ceremony (Individual Kata)
13:35 ~ 18:00 Female Kumite -50kg, -55kg, -61kg (qualifying rounds and repechages) & Male Kumite -60kg,-67kg -75kg (qualifying rounds and repechages)
Sunday August 31
09:00 ~11:50 Female Kumite -68kg, +68kg (qualifying rounds and repechages) & Male Kumite -84kg, +84kg (qualifying rounds and repechages)
13:30 ~ 14:45 Finals
14:50 ~15:30 Award Ceremony
The detailed programme is available on: https://www.sportdata.org/karate/ausschreibungen/1323/Schedule.pdf
Live Stream and Broadcast:
Finals will be broadcasted by Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/pl-okinawa2014-live
The championship will also be broadcasted by "BS-TBS" on September 20 (15:00-15:54) in Japan, and by the Ryuku Broadcasting Corporation on September 28 (16:00-16:54) only in Okinawa.
Around the event: Participants of the Premier League K1 Tournament that will be held in Okinawa August 30-31 will have the chance to discover traditional Okinawa karate on September 1st during a special one day seminar
For more information, the official website for the K1 WKF Okinawa is available: http://www.jkf.ne.jp/karate1-okinawa/