|Founders||Michael Depietro |
|Robert Bryan (CEO/Director)|
Adam S. Kovacs (COO/President)
Bas Rutten (League Ambassador)
Karate Combat is a brand which promotes the first professional, full-contact karate league, hosting worldwide events since April 2018. The private companyis headquartered in New York and was founded by Michael DePietro and Robert Bryan. The business also encompasses sports equipment, a worldwide Dojo network and mobile apps for viewers. Karate Combat was founded in order to promote karate as a sport and martial art. Former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten hosts Karate Combat venues alongside special guests.
Contestants compete in a seasonal championship in which the winner is awarded a golden belt.They consist of karateka from various styles of karate like Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Wado Ryu and American Karate, who are expected to abide by karate-do etiquette and specific tournament rules.
The organisation puts emphasis on innovation and technology with the use of video game-style analytics of fighter's biometrics, nutrition and DNA-based data in real-time. Fights regularly feature Mixed Reality environments created with the Unreal Engine as reported by NBC Sports.Marketing and promotion include appearances of Danny Trejo, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, former UFC two-division champion Georges St-Pierre and former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
In 2020 rights to Karate Combat have been acquired by beIN SPORTS. The media group broadcasts the Karate Combat seasons in 37 countries.
Fighting takes place in a 6,5m x 6,5m (21'4" x 21'4") square combat pit surrounded by 45° angled walls. A match consists of 3 rounds each lasting 3 minutes with the possibility of 2 additional rounds for championship fights.
Scoring uses a 10-point must system and is based on aggression and effectivity of attacks. Three judges evaluate each fight from a position around the combat pit. Scoring cards are omitted in case of a knock-out.
Equipment consists of 4oz gloves, mouthpieces, groin protectors for male contestants, karate belts and officially designed long karate trousers with national emblems or flags.
Wrestling, submissions, knees, elbows are not permitted. A grounded opponent may use upkicks while the standing opponent may use ground punches. After 5 seconds any grounded opponent will be brought back to a standing position by the referee.
Karate Combat events feature male and female karateka from a roster of over 100 professional fighters. The first five events were held in front of an invite-only audience. Later events incorporate CGI effects and original music in order to achieve a modern appearance and appeal to a younger demographic.Event locations favor optimal camera angles and cinematic scenery over a big live-audience. Thus locations like the 102nd floor of the One World Trade Center were chosen hosting a selected audience with black-tie dress code. The events attracted the notice of American television and newspaper. Recordings of all events can be accessed for free via the company's website. Past events have also been streamed via UFC Fight Pass.
|0||Karate Combat: Genesis||February 3, 2018||Secret Warehouse||Budapest, Hungary||Rafael Aghayev - Dionicio Gustavo|
Achraf Ouchen - Elhadji G Ndour
Luiz Victor Rocha - Reda Messaoudi
Lahad Cisse - Aykit Usda
Muslum Basturk - Joshua Quayhagen
Deivis Ferreras - Saeid Ahmadikaryani
Randy Cura - Alexandre Bouderbane
|1||Karate Combat: Inception||April 26, 2018||Miami Beach||Miami, U.S.||Elhadji Ndour - Andras Virag|
Alexandre Bouderbane - Dionicio Gustavo
Abdalla Ibrahim - Joshua Quayhagen
Spyros Margaritopoulos - Mohamed Salem Mohamed
Lahad Cisse - Adham Sabry
Pedro Roman Roig - Jerome Brown
|2||Karate Combat: Olympus||July 28, 2018||Zappeion Courtyard||Athens, Greece||Jerome Brown - Davy Dona|
Deivis Ferreras - Myrza-bek Tebuev
Achraf Ouchen - Franklin Mina
Fabiola Esquivel González - Sarah Ait Ibrahim
Fioravante Valentino - Igor De Castañeda
Wellington Barbosa - Yaser Sahintekin
Reda Messaoudi - Nikos Kosmas
|3||Karate Combat: One World||September 27, 2018||One World Trade Center||New York City, U.S.||Abdalla Ibrahim - Dionicio Gustavo|
Dimitrios Triantafyllis - Luiz Victor Rocha
Elhadji G Ndour - Adilet Shadykanov
Spyros Margaritopoulos - Jorge Perez
Joshua Quayhagen - Vitalie Certan
Adham Sabry - András Virág
Pedro Roman Roig - Jesus Paucarcaja Lopez
Gabriele Cera - Fernando Moreno Paz
Teeik Silva - Edgars Skrivers
|4||Karate Combat: Hollywood||January 24, 2019||Avalon||Los Angeles, U.S.||Luiz Victor Rocha - Myrza-bek Tebuev|
Elhadji G Ndour - Calum Robb
Igor De Castañeda - Milos Vukovic
Abdalla Ibrahim - Kevin Walker
Daniel Viveros - Ilies Mardhi
Alexandre Bouderbane - Willians Quirino
Nadege Ait Ibrahim - Ana Luiza Ferreira Da Silva
Teeik Silva - Kevin Kowalczik
Luis Diogo - Jonas Correia
|5||Karate Combat: Evolution||September 21, 2019||KC-1||Unknown||Luiz Victor Rocha - Edgars Skrivers|
Dionicio Gustavo - Joshua Quayhagen
Abdalla Ibrahim - Davy Dona
Jorge Perez - Shahin Atamov
Igor De Castañeda - Zsolt Habda
|1||Karate Combat: Anger Wat I||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Abdalla Ibrahim - Jerome Brown|
Maximilian Mathes - Stefanos Roupakas
Deivis Ferreras - Jesús López
|2||Karate Combat: Anger Wat II||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Ilies Mardhi - Pedro Roig Roman|
Reda Messaoudi - Joshua Quayhagen
Craig Ryan - Rida Boutadout
|3||Karate Combat: Anger Wat III||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Myrza-Bek Tebuev - Daniel Viveros|
Calum Robb - Franklin Mina
Vitalie Certan - Gabriele Cera
|4||Karate Combat: Scrap Punk I||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Luiz Victor Rocha - Ilies Mardhi|
Stefanos Roupakas - Daniel Viveros
Bruno Assis - Gergő Horváth
|5||Karate Combat: Scrap Punk II||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Jerome Brown - Joshua Quayhagen|
Bryan van Waesberghe - Lahad Cisse
|6||Karate Combat: Scrap Punk III||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Shahin Atamov - Franklin Mina|
Dionicio Gustavo - Reda Messaoudi
Gilmarcos de Bastos Jr. - András Virág
|7||Karate Combat: Neo Tokyo I||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Edgars Skrivers - Myrza-bek Tebuev|
Willians Quirino - Nikos Gikados
|8||Karate Combat: Neo Tokyo II||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Christina Kavakopoulou - Fabiola Esquivel|
Andrei Grinevich - Achraf Ouchen
|9||Karate Combat: Neo Tokyo III||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Bruno Assis - Teeik Silva|
Melinda Fabian - Ana Luiza Ferreira Da Silva
|10||Karate Combat: Valhalla I||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Davy Dona - Nikos Gidakos|
Igor de Castañeda - Shahin Atamov
Franklin Mina - Bryan Van Waesberghe
|11||Karate Combat: Valhalla II||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Vitalie Certan - Nikita Yanchuk|
Anna Laura Prezzoti - Omaira Molina
|12||Karate Combat: Valhalla III||2020||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Bruno Assis - Jesus Lopez|
Teeik Silva - Pedro Roman Roig
Willians Quirino - Vasilii Antokhii
|1||Karate Combat: Okinawa I||2021||Mixed Reality||Unknown||Myrza-Bet Tebuev - Teeik Silva|
Nikolasz Lukacs - Abdessalam Ameknassi
Edghan Chelmiah - Kevin Azouz
|Championship||Current Champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days held||Event||Venue||Location||Previous Champion(s)|
|Karate Combat Middleweight championship||Shahin Atamov||1||2 September 2021||1+||Karate Combat||Unknown||Unknown|
|Karate Combat Welterweight championship||Josh Quayhagen||1||9 November 2019||666+||Karate Combat||Unknown||Unknown|
|Karate Combat Lightweight championship||Edgars Skrivers||2||21 September 2019||550+||Karate Combat||Unknown||Unknown|
|Division||Upper weight limit|
|Light Heavyweight||93 kg (205 lb)|
|Middleweight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Welterweight||75 kg (165 lb)|
|Lightweight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Bantamweight||61 kg (135 lb)|
|Women's Bantamweight||no limit|
|Women's Flyweight||55 kg (121 lb)|
Honoring the japanese heritage of karate, combat techniques in Karate Combat are often referenced with original japanese terminology.
|Oss / Osu||Acknowledgement|
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