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 great variety of techniques and split-second timing are the essence of this sparring. More pacific contests are held as “kata” – Japanese for forms – which are performed to the highest level of perfection. Karate is highly dynamic and makes balanced use of a large number of body muscles, it provides excellent all-round exercise and develops coordination and agility.
TWG 2017 Disciplines