Ayumi Uekusa earns Olympic spot in over-61-kg kumite

More Sports Mar 1, 2020

Ayumi Uekusa earns Olympic spot in over-61-kg kumite

Ayumi Uekusa qualified for Japan's Tokyo Olympic team Saturday after a quarterfinal berth in the women's over-68-kg kumite at the Karate 1-Premier League Salzburg. Despite losing her quarterfinal against Germany's Charlotte Grimm, Uekusa moved far enough ahead of her nearest competition in the Olympic rankings ...

Karate hoping to make mark at Tokyo Games

More Sports Dec 11, 2017

Karate hoping to make mark at Tokyo Games

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With its practitioners numbering over 130 million around the world and nearly 200 nations having become members of its international governing body, karate has become more of a global sport than Japan's own, traditional martial art. Yet men's kata champion Ryo Kiyuna insists the atmosphere ...