European Karate Championships

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European Karate Championships
Competition details
Discipline Karate
Type kumite and kata, Annual
Organiser European Karate Federation (EKF)
First edition1966 in Paris, France

The European Karate Championships are organised by the European Karate Federation each year. [1]



Events from 1966 to 1996 were organized by the European Karate Union. In 1961, Jacques Delcourt was appointed President of French Karate, which was at that stage, an associated member of the Judo Federation. In 1963, he invited six other known European federations (Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain) to come to France for the first-ever international karate event. Great Britain and Belgium accepted the invitation. [2]

By 1965, the European Karate Union was created with Jacques Delcourt voted in as President. [3] The following year the first European Karate Championships were held in Paris. The event drew roughly three hundred spectators and was shown live on television. It drew criticism for being too violent as there were many facial injuries. The EKU council had differing opinions about the cause(s) of the injuries. With opinions ranging from excessive violations of rules to lack of conditioning and blocking skill, this problem was addressed in some part, at the first referee course held in Rome. At that time, the refereeing rules were harmonised using the JKA rules as a basis. [4]


EKU Championships (1966–1992) and EKF Championships (since 1993). [5] Para Karate was added to championships since 2018. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

EditionYearHost CityHost CountryEvents
Organized by European Karate Union (EKU)
1 1966 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 2
2 1967 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2
3 1968 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 2
4 1969 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2
5 1970 Hamburg Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2
6 1971 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 2
7 1972 Brussels Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 5
8 1973 Valencia Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain 5
9 1974 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 5
10 1975 Ostend Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 5
11 1976 Tehran State Flag of Iran (1964).svg  Iran 7
12 1977 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 7
13 1978 Geneva Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7
14 1979 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 9
15 1980 Barcelona Flag of Spain (1977-1981).svg  Spain 12
16 1981 Venice Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 12
17 1982 Gothenburg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 15
18 1983 Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 15
19 1984 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 16
20 1985 Oslo Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 16
21 1986 Madrid Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 16
22 1987 Glasgow Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 16
23 1988 Genoa Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 17
24 1989 Titograd Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 17
25 1990 Vienna Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 17
26 1991 Hannover Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 18
27 1992 Den Bosch Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 17
Organized by European Karate Federation (EKF)
28 1993 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 17
29 1994 Birmingham Flag of England.svg  England 17
30 1995 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 17
31 1996 Paris Flag of France.svg  France 17
32 1997 Tenerife Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 17
33 1998 Belgrade Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Yugoslavia 17
34 1999 Euboea Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 17
35 2000 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 16
EditionYearHost CityHost CountryEvents
36 2001 Sofia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 17
37 2002 Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 17
38 2003 Bremen Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 17
39 2004 Moscow Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 17
40 2005 Tenerife Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 17
41 2006 Stavanger Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 17
42 2007 Bratislava Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 17
43 2008 Tallinn Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 17
44 2009 Zagreb Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 16
45 2010 Athens Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 16
46 2011 Zurich Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 16
47 2012 Tenerife Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 16
48 2013 Budapest Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 16
49 2014 Tampere Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 16
50 2015 Istanbul Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 16
51 2016 Montpellier Flag of France.svg  France 16
52 2017 Kocaeli Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 16
53 2018 Novi Sad Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 16+6
54 2019 Guadalajara Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 16+6
552020 Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Cancelled
56 2021 Poreč Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 16+8
57 2022 Gaziantep Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
58 2023 Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
59 2024 Split Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
60 2025 Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan


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