|Asian Continental countries/regions|
|40 Affiliated Countries|
|English is the official language. If any question in respect to the sport or technique of karate, it will be referred to the original Japanese text.|
The Asian Karatedo Championships are the highest level of competition for sport karate in Asia. The competition is held in a different country every two years organized by the Asian Karatedo Federation (AKF) under the supervision of World Karate Federation (WKF), the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 180 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than fifty million members. The AKF organizes the Junior and Senior Asian Karatedo Championships in every two years in between the Olympic and Asian Games and participates in WKF World Karate Championships which its member Japan play as a powerhouse country when it comes to sport karate vying for world titles with counterpart opponents from the powerful nations such as France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain and Italy in many world championships.
|Year||Edition||Date||City and host country|
|1993||1||23–24 November||Taipei, Taiwan|
|1995||2||18–24 September||Manila, Philippines|
|2001||5||2–4 November||Genting Highlands, Malaysia|
|2004||6||6–8 February||Taoyuan, Taiwan|
|2007||8||24–26 August||Seremban, Malaysia|
|2009||9||25–27 September||Foshan, China|
|2011||10||21–24 July||Quanzhou, China|
|2012||11||14–17 July||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|2013||12||5–7 December||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2015||13||4–6 September||Yokohama, Japan|
|2017||14||15–17 July||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|2018||15||13–15 July||Amman, Jordan|
|2019||16||19–21 July||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|2021||17||19–22 December||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Year||Edition||Month||City and host country|
|1992||1 AUKO||September||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|1994||2 AUKO||September||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|1996||3 AUKO||September||Taichung, Taiwan|
|2002||6 AKF||September||Tokyo, Japan|
|2006||8 AKF||October||Singapore, Singapore|
|2008||9 AKF||September||Sabah, Malaysia|
|2010||10 AKF||August||Hong Kong, Hong Kong China|
|2011||11 AKF||July||Quanzhou, China|
|2012||12 AKF||July||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|2013||13 AKF||December||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2015||14 AKF||August||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|2016||15 AKF||November||Makassar, Indonesia|
|2017||16 AKF||July||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|2018||17 AKF||May||Okinawa, Japan|
|2019||18 AKF||April||Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia|
|2021||19 AKF||19–22 December||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
Karate (空手) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts under the influence of Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).
The World Karate Federation (WKF) is the largest international governing body of sport karate with 198 member countries. It was formed in 1990, is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The WKF organizes the Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year. The President of the WKF is Antonio Espinos, and the headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain. All the styles are officially recognised by the WKF.
The Japan Karate Federation (JKF), a.k.a. Japan Karatedo Federation, is a national governing body of sport karate in Japan. The JKF is officially affiliated with the Japan Olympic Association (JOC), World Karate Federation (WKF), Japan Sports Association (JSA) and Japanese Budō Association (JBA). The styles recognized by the JKF are Wadō-ryū, Shotokan, Shito-ryu and Goju-ryu. The headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan.
Seigokan (正剛館) is the Goju-Ryu Karate-do organization founded in 1945 by Seigo Tada (1922-1997) Hanshi. With its Hombu Dojo (headquarters) in Himeji, Japan, the Seigokan All Japan Karate-do Association (SAJKA) — its official name — has branches in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, the Philippines, Portugal, Sri Lanka, the United States, England, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia and Venezuela.
The Asian Karate Federation (AKF) is the governing body of sport karate of about 44 countries of karatedo federation in Asia. The AKF is a non-profit organization and performs its activities on an amateur basis in compliance with the principles set forth in the Olympic Charter, duly recognized by the World Karate Federation, the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 198 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than fifty million members. The AKF organizes the Asian Karatedo Championships, the Junior and Senior AKF Championships in every two years in between the Olympic and Asian Games and participates in WKF World Karate Championships. The Current President of the Asian Karate Federation (AKF) is Major Gen Nasser Al Sayed Abdulrazak Alrazooqi of UAE and Mr. Kuong Im Che of Macau, China serves as the Secretary General.
The Panamerican Karate Federation (PKF) is the governing body of sport karate of about 37 countries of national karate federation in the Americas. The PKF was founded in 1975 with original name PUKO with 13 countries founder the PUKO in Long Beach, California, USA, and in 1995 it officially change the name to Panamerican Karate Federation. PKF is duly recognized by the World Karate Federation, the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 130 member countries. It is the only karate organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. The PKF organized juniors and seniors Championship in many countries in Panamerica and participates in WKF World Karate Championships. The President of the PKF is William Millerson.
The Philippine Karatedo Federation N.S.A., Inc. (PKF-NSA) is the governing body claiming jurisdiction over the sport of karate in the Philippines.
Atsuko Wakai is a Japanese practitioner of karate who has won many international and Japanese national competitions in kata (patterns), including unprecedented numbers of consecutive titles in World Karate Federation (WKF) and All Japan Karatedo championships. She holds the rank of 6th dan black belt from the Japan Karatedo Federation (JKF), training in Seigokan Goju-ryu karate.
José Martins Achiam (1944–2008) was a Portuguese born in Macau.
Australian Karate Federation is the governing body for the sport of Karate in Australia.
Karate began in the 14th century on the island of Okinawa. Karate as a word first emerged due to Gichin Funakoshi. Karate was introduced to mainland Japan in the 1920s.
Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation, Inc. is the local governing body for the sport of Karate in the Philippines. KP was formed in early 2018, and subsequently recognized by the World Karate Federation as a temporary member in July 2018, potentially replacing the embattled NSA for Karate, the Philippine Karatedo Federation–N.S.A., Inc. (PKF-NSA), which was withdrawn in April 2018 from WKF due to alleged malversation of training allowance of athletes competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. KP is also recognized by the Asian Karatedo Federation.
Wang Yi-ta is a Taiwanese karateka.
Melika Ahadi is an Iranian female karateka. She won silver medal of 2018 World University Karate Championships in Japan, bronze medal of Asian Junior Championships in 2014.
Hamoon Derafshipour is an Iranian karateka. He qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, where karate will be featured for the first time, as part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team, He started practicing karate when he was 7 years old. Previously, Derafshipour won a bronze medal in the Men’s Individual -67 Kg Kumite at the 2018 Senior World Karate Championships at Madrid, Spain and Two Asian Karate Championships titles, and several other medals, including three golds and three bronze in the World Karate Federation Karate1 Premier League Championship.
The African Karate Federation (UFAK) : This continental institution is named Union of African Karate Federations, The UFAK is the governing body of sport karate of about 50 countries of karatedo federation in Africa. The UFAK is a non-governmental continental organisation. It has legal personality and financial autonomy. It is non-political, non-profit, non-denominational and cannot accept any racial or other discrimination and performs its activities on an amateur basis in compliance with the principles set forth in the Olympic Charter, duly recognised by the World Karate Federation (WKF), Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC), Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and (WKF) is the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 198 member countries. It is the only karate organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee and has more than fifty million members.
The Karate Association of India(KAI) is incorporated on 26 September 2013 It is classified as Non-govt company and is registered at Registrar of Companies, Delhi and its only National Sports Federation for Karate Sports in India recognised by Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports affiliated with World Karate Federation (WKF), Asian Karate Federation (AKF), South Asian Karate Do Federation (SAKF) and Commonwealth Karate Federation (CKF) from September 2013 to September 2020.
Alexandrea Anacan is a Philippine-born New Zealand karate athlete. A resident of Auckland, Anacan represents New Zealand internationally. She is a four-time consecutive gold medalist in the World Karate Federation Oceanian Karate Federation (OKF), entering competition in 2016. Her achievements include finishing 2nd at the Commonwealth Karate Championships, 5th at the Karate World Games and 3rd place at the World University Games, the largest international multi-sport event other than the Olympics.
The 2021 Asian Karate Championships are scheduled to be the 17th edition of the Senior Asian Karate Championship and 19th edition of the Cadet, Junior & U21 Championships and will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 19 to 22, December 2021.