European Karate Championships

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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]

List of tournaments[edit]

Edition Year Host City Country
1 1966 Paris  France
2 1967 London  United Kingdom
3 1968 Paris  France
4 1969 London  United Kingdom
5 1970 Hamburg  Germany
6 1971 Paris  France
7 1972 Brussels  Belgium
8 1973 Valencia  Spain
9 1974 London  United Kingdom
10 1975 Ostend  Belgium
11 1976 Tehran  Iran
12 1977 Paris  France
13 1978 Geneva   Switzerland
14 1979 Helsinki  Finland
15 1980 Barcelona  Spain
16 1981 Venice  Italy
17 1982 Gothenburg  Sweden
18 1983 Madrid  Spain
19 1984 Paris  France
20 1985 Oslo  Norway
21 1986 Madrid  Spain
22 1987 Glasgow  United Kingdom
23 1988 Genoa  Italy
24 1989 Titograd  Yugoslavia
25 1990 Vienna  Austria
26 1991 Hannover  Germany
27 1992 Den Bosch  Netherlands
28 1993 Prague  Czech Republic
29 1994 Birmingham  England
30 1995 Helsinki  Finland
31 1996 Paris  France
32 1997 Tenerife  Spain
33 1998 Belgrade  Yugoslavia
34 1999 Euboea  Greece
35 2000 Istanbul  Turkey
36 2001 Sofia  Bulgaria
37 2002 Tallinn  Estonia
38 2003 Bremen  Germany
39 2004 Moscow  Russia
40 2005 Tenerife  Spain
41 2006 Stavanger  Norway
42 2007 Bratislava  Slovakia
43 2008 Tallinn  Estonia
44 2009 Zagreb  Croatia
45 2010 Athens  Greece
46 2011 Zurich   Switzerland
47 2012[5] Tenerife  Spain
48 2013 Budapest  Hungary
49 2014 Tampere  Finland
50 2015 Istanbul  Turkey
51 2016 Montpellier  France
52 2017 Rome  Italy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karate: Ancient pursuit in need of new face: Whitney Limbaugh reports from Birmingham, U.. on a sport's desire to upgrade their image.". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  2. ^ "WORLD KARATE FEDERATION - WKF History". Wkf-web.net. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Arriaza, Rafael. "Chapter 16: Karate". In Kordi, Ramin; Maffulli, Nicola; Wroble, Randall R.; et al. Combat Sports Medicine. p. 288. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Black Belt". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "47th European Senior Karate Championships : MEDALS TABLE" (PDF). Rfek.es. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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