Japan Karate Federation to redo Olympic qualification in two classes

More Sports May 22, 2020

Japan Karate Federation to redo Olympic qualification in two classes

The Japan Karate Federation's head of development said Thursday he will instruct the governing body to "redo" Olympic qualification for two kumite weight classes following a decision by the sport's international governing body. The World Karate Federation on Wednesday outlined a revised qualification system for ...

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 ...

Miho Miyahara punches ticket to 2020 Olympics

More Sports Feb 29, 2020

Miho Miyahara punches ticket to 2020 Olympics

Miho Miyahara earned a spot on the Japan national karate team on the opening day of the Karate 1-Premier League Salzburg, one of the last chances to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, on Friday. By meeting the qualification criteria set by the Japan Karatedo ...

Ryo Kiyuna wins third consecutive karate gold at worlds

More Sports Nov 11, 2018

Ryo Kiyuna wins third consecutive karate gold at worlds

Karateka Ryo Kiyuna clinched his third consecutive world crown in the kata division for men at the world championships in Madrid on Saturday. All flags went Kiyuna's way in the final at the WiZink Center sports hall, giving him a 5-0 victory over Spain's Damian ...

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 ...

More Sports Jul 26, 2017

Kiyuna, Shimizu win gold in karate kata at World Games

Reigning world champions Ryo Kiyuna and Kiyou Shimizu won gold in the karate kata division for men and women, respectively, at the World Games on Tuesday. All flags went Kiyuna's way for the fifth time of the day in the final at the Gem Sport ...