Only elaborate contest rules prohibiting dangerous throws and attacks to the sensitive parts of the body make the actual one-on-one combats between two athletes, “kumite”, possible. Lightning-fast speed, a wide variety of techniques and split-second timing are the essence of this martial art. The more laid-back contests known as “kata” – Japanese for forms – are performed at the highest level of perfection. Karate is highly dynamic and makes balanced use of many muscles working in coordination. This means it provides excellent all-round exercise and develops coordination and agility.
TWG 2017 Disciplines