European Karate Championships

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European Karate Championships
Competition details
Discipline Karate
Type kumite and kata, biennial
Organiser European Karate Federation (EKF)
First edition 1966 in Paris, France
Final edition 2018 in Novi Sad, Serbia

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]

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  2. ^ "WORLD KARATE FEDERATION - WKF History". 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". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ "47th European Senior Karate Championships : MEDALS TABLE" (PDF). Retrieved 7 January 2015.

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