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What is Para-Karate?

Para-Karate is the name given to refer to a form of competition rules based adapted karate for athletes with disabilities (whether mental or physical).

The rules have been developed in such a way as to provide – where possible – a level playing field for all competitors regardless of their type or severity of disability. There are three categories of kata competition and these are; visually impaired, wheelchair and mental disability.

With its origins dating back to the dedicated and targeted work of the Para-Karate Commission set up by the World Karate Federation, Para-Karate has come a long way and in 2015 was formally recognised by the International Paralympic Committee – a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those working behind the scenes to make karate accessible to all. It was then in 2014 when the first Official World Championships were held in Germany. It has gone from strength to strength and the EKF stand steadfastly stand behind he aims and objectives of Para-Karate, now and always.

For some excellent examples of what can be achieved in karate despite disability, please see below for the EKF’s very own Ethan Simpson performing Unsu at a recent European Championships. Also, a demonstration from the JKS European Champion of 2014 performing an awe-inspiring demonstration.

For further detailed information on what this means for disabled athletes competing then please access the official website:


However, it is not all about competing. There are many karateka who love to train but do not compete.

Sport can (and does) have a very powerful and positive influence on people and fits with governmental policy of promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle. Not only can sport provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, but it can help to develop and enhance valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. Moreover, it is widely acknowledged amongst professionals that having access to leisure facilities and community groups can be key drivers in preventing and reducing social and physical isolation. We want everybody who wants to train karate to do so, regardless of any perceived barriers.

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