|Type||Kumite and Kata, biennial|
|Organiser||World Karate Federation (WKF)|
|Current weight divisions||Male -60Kg,-67Kg, -75Kg, -84Kg and +84Kg. Female -50Kg, -55Kg, -61Kg, -68Kg and +68Kg.|
|First edition||1970 in Tokyo, Japan|
|Final edition||2018 in Madrid, Spain|
|Most wins||188 medals Japan|
The Karate World Championships, also known as the World Karate Championships, are the highest level of competition for karate organized by the World Karate Federation (WKF).The competition is held in a different city every two years. Some of the most recent championships include Madrid in 2002, Monterrey in 2004, Tampere in 2006, Tokyo in 2008, and Belgrade in 2010. The competition was initially riddled with controversy regarding karate styles and the ruleset.
In 1980, women were first allowed to compete in the championships.
Martin Drew (United Kingdom) has the fastest K.O record with 4.8 seconds reaching quarter finals in 2012
The result of a bout is determined by a contestant obtaining a clear lead of eight points, having the highest number of points at time-up, obtaining a decision (hantei ), or by an accumulation of prohibited behaviors imposed against a contestant.
1. Conformity - with standards in form and style (Ryu-ha)
2. Technical performance:
3. Athletic performance:
|3||1975||Long Beach||United States||2|
|13||1996||Sun City||South Africa||17|
|14||1998||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||17|
|25||2021||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||16|
The following reflects the all-time medal counts as of the 2018 World Karate Championships:
|24||Serbia and Montenegro||2||0||6||8|
|41||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0||3||4||7|
|Totals (70 nations)||323||323||598||1244|
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