Although traditional karate is a serious self-defence discipline, and was traditionally developed as such, it wasn’t long after its introduction to Japan that the temptation and need arose for people to test themselves.

Over time, a system of rules was developed to ensure competitors’ safety in the arena, although there are still traditional competitions around the world, especially in Shotokan, where the risk of injury is very high. Nonetheless, serious and disabling injury is usually averted as competitors are taught control and respect in the dojo.

Please use the following links for information pertaining to our competitions and associated rules.

WKF official dress for coaches and competitors

WKF tatami layout for kumite and kata