Karate in times of coronavirus

2020-06-11

Karate in times of coronavirus

Let us show you how the best karatekas in the world are adapting to these uncertain times. Introducing “Karate in the times of coronavirus”, a space to share the most original, remarkable, and outstanding ideas from first-class karartekas to make the best of to the “new normal”.

Let us show you how the best karatekas in the world are adapting to these uncertain times. Introducing “Karate in the times of coronavirus”, a space to share the most original, remarkable, and outstanding ideas from first-class karartekas to make the best of to the “new normal”.

Karate fans with a unique story of Karate in times of coronavirus can now send their stories to worldkaratefederation2016@gmail.com to be featured in upcoming editions of “Karate in times of coronavirus”

MAY

MAY 31 – ANTONIO DIAZ

Antonio Diaz of Venezuela is not just one of the most beloved Karate Stars in the world. He is a two-time World champion and member of WKF’s Athletes’ Commission who is also well-known for his selfless acts to make the world a better place. As his birthday approaches, the Karate hero is calling all his fans to donate any amount of money to an organisation or foundation in exchange for an online session with the Kata master. This is a perfect example of Karate Values at their best and a case of Antonio Diaz’s kindness.

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MAY 29 – PKF


“Don't Let Your Guard Down”. This is the message that the Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) is giving us in a fantastic video showcasing some of the best karatekas in the continent. Stars such as Maria Dimitrova, Antonio Diaz, Sakura Kokumai and Douglas Brose are among the heroes of the sport participating in this campaign. OSS!!

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MAY 29 – WKF

The WKF Entourage Commission met Thursday via videoconference to discuss different updates in the application of Safe Karate policies and to analyse ways to continue WKF’s progress in guaranteeing the well-being of Karate athletes.

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MAY 28 – HANA ANTUNOVIC

With the 2021 European Championships to be held in Sweden passing the -365-day count, Swedish athletes are thrilled about hosting the event at home. “We haven’t had a championship (like this) in 40 years, so we are very excited. I am looking forward to competing in my home ground,” said Sweden’s Hana Antunovic.

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MAY 25 – WKF


WKF President Antonio Espinós met with representatives of national federations via videoconference to discuss the development and promotion of Karate around the world and to analyse the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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MAY 22 – GWENDOLINE PHILIPPE

Gwendoline Philippe of France endured one of the most heart-wrenching moments of the season of Karate 1-Premier League when she suffered a devastating knee injury. Now, after weeks of hard work and efforts, the promising karateka who is the current U21 World champion is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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MAY 21 – WKF

The WKF Referee Commission held a meeting via videoconference to analyse the situation of Karate’s referee body amid the current crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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MAY 21 – THE WORLD GAMES

The International World Games Association (IWGA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded on May 21st, 1980, the IWGA held the first edition of The World Games a year later in Santa Clara, USA. The World Karate Federation is a founding member of the IWGA, and WKF President Antonio Espinós acts as one of the members of the IWGA Executive Committee.

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MAY 20 – TOKYO 2020 – KARATE

After the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and in agreement with the International Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation has revised the Qualification System for the Karate competition at the Olympic Games.

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MAY 19 – EMIRI IWAMOTO

Emiri Iwamoto of Japan is one of the best competitors in the category of Female Kata. The athlete who takes the eighth position in WKF World ranking is making a name for herself in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. The winner of the 2017 AKF continental championships was featured in the main newspaper of the island, the Okinawa Times.

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MAY 13 – EKF

The Executive Committee of the European Karate Federation met via videoconference to discuss the future of the sport in the continent and the effects of the coronavirus crisis on European Karate.

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MAY 12 – WKF

The Executive Committee of the World Karate Federation met via a videoconference to discuss the prospects of the sport amid the current climate of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic of the coronavirus outbreak.

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MAY 8 – ANTONIO DIAZ

Antonio Diaz of Venezuela is featured on the official website of the International Olympic Committee as the two-time World champion balances keeping fit and form in times of lock-down while raising his new-born child.

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MAY 7 - ALTON BROWN

Alton Brown of Jamaica is putting his Karate skills to the service of those who need them the most: disadvantaged girls in India. First-class karateka Alton Brown of Jamaica is taking #KarateValues to a whole new level as he commits to becoming an ambassador for a project to teach girls from challenging backgrounds in India the benefits of Karate.

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MAY 5 – SAKURA KOKUMAI

Sakura Kokumai of the USA is making the best of these uncertain times; in cooperation with one of her sponsors, the current Pan American Games champion is teaching all her secrets on online sessions on Instagram.

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MAY 4 - STANISLAV HORUNA

Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine is demonstrating his status as one of the most popular Karate athletes in the world since the winner of the 2019 European Games is invited to be part of "Fight Back", a high-profile event featuring the world’s biggest Martial Artists to raise funds for American Red Cross relief efforts.

“Glad to be a part of this great initiative,” said the first-class karateka. 

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MAY 2 – DOUGLAS BROSE

Many first-class karatekas are taking new technologies to a new level in times of COVID-19. Brazil’s Douglas Brose is using new technologies to keep fans engaged as he is leading a successful series of online seminars.

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MAY 2 – ALEXANDRA RECCHIA

We all know who the real heroes of this crisis are. France’s Alexandra Recchia took the time to thank those who have worked so hard during these past months to fight the global pandemic. “You are the true samurais,” reads the sign she is holding in her post.

“THANK YOU, health workers, for your strength, your selflessness, your courage, your tenacity, your resilience despite the limited resources available, despite the appalling working conditions and despite the absence of adequate salaries. You are exceptional and essential,” the two-time World champion writes in her post.

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MAY 1 – TITTA KEINANEN

The popularity of Karate all over the world is being showcased extensively in these uncertain times. In Finland, first-class karateka and current European Championships bronze medallist Titta Keinanen is taking the status of Karate to another level since she is the star of the new and breath-taking advertising campaign of one of the main sponsors of the Finnish Olympic Committee.

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MAY 1 – SAJAD GANZJADEH

These difficult times are the perfect moment to show the many values of our sport. Karate’s first-class athletes are very much aware of the strength of Karate values and the tremendous impact that the crisis is having on the weaker groups of population; some of them continue making their best to help those in need. Sajad Ganzjadeh of Iran is part of the humanitarian project “Empathy Nights” aiming to bring food to those who need it the most.

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APRIL

 

APRIL, 30 – ALEXANDRA GRANDE

Hard work pays off, and more often than not, recognition comes for those who have put their heart and soul in making their best version of themselves. Peru’s Alexandra Grande received an outstanding recognition this month as she was included among the top 10 best Peruvian athletes of all times. ¡Enhorabuena Alexandra!

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APRIL 28 – SANDRA SANCHEZ

Some of our top athletes are making the best of these uncertain times and they are using all the resources at hand to become better versions of themselves. Sandra Sanchez of Spain does not just perform extenuating workout routines, as she is showing on her social media channels. She is also taking the time to learn sign language. Very impressive!

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APRIL 27 – DAMIAN QUINTERO

As stated in previous posts, Karate Stars are contributing to increase the popularity of our sport with their presence on TV, interviews on newspapers, participation in spots etc… Damian Quintero of Spain is taking these appearances to another level. The current World Championships runner-up is being featured on Spanish national TV in a kids show where the leader of WKF World ranking teaches karate for youngsters.  

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APRIL 26 – KIYOU SHIMIZU

As most of the world is still in confinement, some of our athletes are focusing on making life a little better for those who have more problems to go through the difficulties of lockdown. Kiyou Shimizu of Japan is taking her social media channels to teach kids how to train Karate at home.

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APRIL 24 – ANZHELIKA TERLIUGA

Since Karate events are being postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, karatekas are using their social media channels to exchange experiences and keep in touch with colleagues. Grand Winner Anzhelika Terliuga of Ukraine hosted a live chat session on her Instagram page together with five-time World champion and Karate legend Rafael Aghayev. Karate fans had the opportunity to see the two heroes of the sport talking about their ways to cope with the current situation.

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APRIL 23 – STEVEN DACOSTA

As the only French karateka who is thus far qualified to take part in the Olympic Games, Steven Dacosta is enjoying well-deserved attention at home. His popularity is reaching such heights that he was featured in France’s national TV contest show “Questions pour un champion”.

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APRIL 22 – STANISLAV HORUNA

Many of our top athletes have taken the opportunity of the confinement and the possibilities of new technologies to help Karate fans to make the most of these difficult times. Some of them, like Ukraine’s Stanislav Horuna are using social media to share their knowledge and experience. The fan favourite karateka from Ukraine is doing online seminars to engage with enthusiasts of the sport.

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APRIL 21 – WKF

While the Karate world continues getting ready to make its Olympic debut in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with the event in Tokyo starting in nearly 450 days, the Karate family maximises the opportunities around the Olympic status of the sport. No less than nine countries joined the Olympic Solidarity programmes in 2019 and nine athletes received the Tokyo 2020 Scholarship last year.

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APRIL 20 – BETTINA PLANK

Athletes and heroes of the sport such as our top karatekas have the responsibility to use their influence for the common good. Bettina Plank of Austria is helping the Austrian government to raise awareness around the necessity to wear masks. The current European Championships runner-up joins the campaign #wirtragenmaske to spread the use of masks.

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APRIL 20 – SANDRA SANCHEZ

We all know that every karateka in the world keeps a code of conduct following the values of our sport. Our top athletes are the leading force behind these values, and they do their utmost to help those in need. Spain’s Sandra Sanchez is joining a campaign to raise funds for the benefit of the Red Cross and the fight against coronavirus. The current World champion auctioned off the gold medal which she won in the 2005 Karate 1-Premier League in Egypt. She collected no less than €4800.

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APRIL 18 – HAMIDEH ABBASALI AND BAHMAN ASGARI GHONCHEH

In these difficult times, it is crucial to keep the spirits up. Iran’s Hamideh Abbasali and Bahman Asgari Ghoncheh are doing their best to help spread positive messages and are joining and initiative of the Peace Commission of the National Olympic Committee of Iran to share hope in these troubled moments.

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APRIL 16 – SARA CARDIN

Being in lockdown is not easy. However, confinement does have its perks. You have more free time to try all those things you normally put behind due to other responsibilities. Sara Cardin of Italy shows us what she is doing with her free time: learning to play guitar. It sounds great to us!

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APRIL 16 – WKF

Karatekas from all over the world have demonstrated their commitment and solidarity as they have massively participated in the #WhiteCard and #ReiForApril6 campaigns. Both initiatives were created to honour the power of sport on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which was celebrated on April 6.

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APRIL 15 – SERAP OZCELIK ARAPOGLU

How popular are our Karate stars? Some of them have earned well-deserved recognition due to their hard work and their success. Serap Ozcelik Arapoglu of Turkey has acquired such status after nearly 12 years of continuous achievements that she is a recognised figure in her country. The karateka who is the current leader of WKF World ranking in Female Kumite -50kg and defending Grand Winner is being featured on the cover of the Turkish edition of the magazine “Elle”.

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APRIL 9 – WKF

Play True Day is celebrated on April 9th, a WADA initiative that has been celebrating Clean Sport and raising awareness of its importance among athletes and beyond, for the last six years. Once again, the WKF, in collaboration with WADA, joins the global anti-doping community on this day to recognise the importance of protecting Clean Sport.

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MARCH

 

MARCH 23 – MATTIA BUSATO

As we could attest in the WKF’s series “Karatekas #StayActive”, our athletes are doing their best to keep fit in these difficult times. Top karatekas’ work out routines have caught the eye of several organisations and our athletes have been featured as examples of the best training routines. Italy’s Mattia Busato stars in one of the episodes of The World Games’ #Stayathome campaign.

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MARCH 19 – DAMIAN QUINTERO

One of the top competitors who is always ready to do his utmost to help others is Damian Quintero of Spain. During this time of confinement, the World Championships runner-up has not only donated masks and sanitary equipment to health centres in his hometown of Malaga. He has also joined Spanish superstars such as Pau Gasol and Rafael Nadal in a charity auction to raise funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Damian Quintero donated the karategi and belts he used in the last edition of the European Games in Minsk, where he won the gold medal.

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MARCH 16 – WKF

Karate has been included in the sports programme of the first Junior Pan American Games to be held in Cali (Colombia) in 2021. The Executive Committee of PanAm Sports announced during its meeting in San Jose (Costa Rica) the composition of the programme of the first Junior Pan American Games. Karate, in its modality of Kumite, is one of the 30 disciplines included in the list of sports of the inaugural edition of the event.

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MARCH 17 – JONATHAN HORNE

As the current World champion in Male Kumite +84kg, Jonathan Horne of Germany is a reference in Karate. His increasing popularity, especially in Germany is notable and as an example, the third-ranked athlete in WKF World ranking is being featured in the latest issue of the magazine “Sporthilfe”

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MARCH 6 – EKF

EKF Executive Committee member Sergii Levchuk has been appointed chief of Ukraine’s State Agency of Sports. Mr. Levchuk acted as President of the Ukrainian Karate Federation before being nominated as the head of the State Agency of Sports. Leader of the National Karate Federation for the past ten years, Mr. Levchuk had taken the Ukrainian Karate Federation to a bright period of accomplishments inside and outside the tatami. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Karate Federation since 2018.

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