All you need to know about #Karate1Merida


All you need to know about #Karate1Merida

The city of Merida in Mexico hosts the fourth Karate 1-Youth League event of the year. A series of events to give youngsters the possibility of competing at the highest level, the Karate 1-Youth League in Merida aims to continue the success of the competition, thus showcasing Karate’s positive impact at young ages.  

This is all you need to know about #Karate1Merida


  • The 2023 Karate 1-Youth League Merida is the fourth event of the season.
  • The tournament continues the successful events in Fujairah (UAE), A Coruña (Spain) and Porec (Croatia)
  • After the tournament in Merida, the season of the series of international Karate events for youngsters will conclude in Venice (Italy)
  • The Karate 1-Youth League is a competition conceived to highlight the impact of Karate at young ages. Established under the umbrella of Karate 1, the Karate 1-Youth League is a platform for the development of youngsters in their quest to progress in the sport.



  • The event will take place at the Century XXI Convention Centre in Merida, Yucatan.
  • Mexico have become a major hub of underage Karate in the Americas. The powerhouse nation has hosted several Karate 1-Youth League events over the last years including the tournaments in Acapulco in 2022, in Monterrey in 2019, and in Cancun-Quintana Roo in 2018.
  • Additionally, Mexico organised the PKF Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships in Mexico DF in 2022.



  • The tournament is scheduled for September 21 to 24.
  • Starting on Thursday, at 09:00 (local time GMT +1), the competition will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday.
  • The finals will be held at the end of each competition day.
  • This year marks the first time that the Karate 1-Youth League events start on Thursday. An extension of the days of the competition has been applied to accommodate the increasing number of competitors.



  • Over 700 athletes from 42 countries have registered to participate in the event.
  • The host nation of Mexico presents the largest delegation with 296 athletes, followed by the neighbouring country of the United States with 85 competitors and Chile with 58 athletes.
  • Leading nations of Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia topped the medal table of the opening event in Fujairah with five gold medals respectively.
  • In A Coruña, the big winners were athletes from the host country of Spain and Ukraine, with nine gold medals each.
  • Meanwhile, in Porec, the tournament concluded with France and Belgium heading the medal table with seven gold medals each.


  • The competition follows a knockout format.
  • The event comprises 46 categories, and it is destined for competitors aged 12 to 20.