Karate World Championship Tickets
Look Sharp! The Karate World Championships Have Arrived!
We all love The Karate Kid, right? We've all jump-kicked our way through the hallway, attempted a crane kick on the beach and Karate-chopped at least something in our lives. The point is, everyone loves Karate, and you can actually see it live in competition just like in The Karate Kid. All you need to do is get your Karate World Championship tickets, which are available to buy and sell via StubHub, now!
The Sacred Rules of Kumite
The Karate World Championships was first held in Tokyo in 1970 and is the highest level of Karate competition. Organised by the World Karate Federation, the event takes place in a different city every two years. Past hosts include the TIPSArena Linz, Rio de Janeiro and Maastricht in the Netherlands, which was the first year (1984) that women were allowed to compete in the championships. The tournament consists of two types of Karate: Kumite and Kata. Kumite, literally translated as "grappling hands", is a part of Karate that involves training with an opponent. Thus, in competition, it is a one-on-one bout. At the Karate World Championships, there is an individual Kumite or a team Kumite, where contestants must win by gaining a clear lead of eight points, having the most points at the end of the clock, obtaining a decision, or by a prohibited number of sanctions issued against their opponent. A score is earned by striking a punch or kick to the head (jodan) or abdomen (chudan). Unlike Boxing, different combinations give a different number of points. For example, a kick to the head is worth three points, whereas a punch to the abdomen is worth just one. Sanctions include feigning injury, attacks to the face and clinching/wrestling without attempting to score a valid point (as opposed to MMA). Sound like your kind of thing? How can it not! StubHub has Karate World Championship tickets available to buy and sell now, so think fast!
The Meditative Flows of Kata
The second event that comprises the Karate World Championship is Kata. In Japanese, the word Kata describes a detailed set of patterned movements practiced in tandem or solo. The aim of Kata is to teach the student correct form and transition from pose to pose. It is about discipline, the visualisation of self-defence and developing the ability to extract fighting techniques from the various Kata. In competition, the individual's form is judged, as well as synchronicity in team events. Perhaps quite obviously, it being a Japanese martial art, Japan has had the most success at the championships. With 86 Gold medals in total as of 2016, only France and England come anywhere close, with 53 and 24 Golds respectively. It's safe to say that's a worldwide domination of the sport! Yet who knows, there could always be a new star on the horizon ready to challenge the big dogs! To see for yourself, get your hands on World Karate Championship tickets, available to buy and sell via StubHub, now!
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