Making its first appearance in the Olympics this year, Karate is a martial art from Okinawa dating back to the Ryukyu Dynasty.

Karate will be contested in two categories with kumite (sparring) and kata (forms). In kumite, athletes spar on an 8-meter by 8-meter mat each wearing a red or blue belt and attack by keri (kick), tsuki or uchi (both a type of punching).

From one to three points will be given based on each athlete’s form, placement of attack and power. A competitor who gains eight points more than their opponent, or the athlete with the most points at the end of the match (three minutes) is the winner.

For kata, athletes perform against a virtual opponent a set of offensive and defensive movements that are recognized by the World Karate Federation. Each athlete will be given points based on their fluidity and solidity of their movement.

Karate will be held from Aug. 6 to 8.

Venue and access information

Karate will take place at Nippon Budokan, a venue that was built for the 1964 Olympics and is the center of Japanese martial arts. The venue holds 11,000 people and is five minutes from Kudanshita Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai and Hanzomon lines and the Toei Shinjuku Line.