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Para-Karate refers to a modality of Karate in which competition rules have been established in order to accommodate fair competitions among athletes with disabilities. Para-Karate is focused on developing the ancient discipline of “kata” for wheelchair athletes, visually impaired athletes and athletes with mental disabilities.

In 2006 the World Karate Federation created the Para-Karate Commission in an effort to develop and promote Karate among athletes with disabilities. Since then, Para-Karate is a fully integrated part of the operations of the World Karate Federation.

In 2015 the World Karate Federation became a recognized IF by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) , thus reflecting the organisation’s progress and ongoing work in developing Para-Karate.

In 2012 Para-Karate was presented to the public for the first time at the World Championships in Paris in a demonstration competition. 2014 and 2016 followed with the official Para-Karate World Championships in Bremen (Germany) and Linz (Austria). Participation in the Championships has been growing steadily since then. The year 2018 was a glorious year for the growing community of Para-Karate Athletes, since the first European Para-Karate Championships in Novi Sad (Serbia), and the World Championships in Madrid (Spain) were true milestones the development of the modality.

Go to the Calendar section on to find out more about upcoming events with Para-Karate competition.


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