Para-Karate refers to a modality of Karate in which competition rules have been established in order to accommodate fair competitions among athletes with disabilities. Para-Karate is focused on developing the ancient discipline of “kata” for wheelchair athletes, visually impaired athletes and athletes with mental disabilities.
In 2006 the World Karate Federation created the Para-Karate Commission in an effort to develop and promote Karate to athletes of all disabilities. Since then, Para-Karate is a fully integrated part of the operations of the World Karate Federation.
In 2015 the World Karate Federation became a recognized IF by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) , thus reflecting the federation’s progress and ongoing work in developing Para-Karate.
In 2012 Para-Karate was presented to the public for the first time at the World Championships in Paris in a demonstration competition. 2014 and 2016 followed the official Para-Karate World Championships in Bremen (Germany) and Linz (Austria). Participation in the Championships has been growing steadily since then. The year 2018 will be a glorious year for the growing community of Para-Karate Athletes, since the first European Para-Karate Championships in Novi Sad (Serbia), and the World Championships in Madrid (Spain) will be true milestones the development of the modality.
The PKF created in 2016 the Para-Karate committee composed of Mr. Craig Vokey (Canada), Mr. Jeff Kohn (USA) and Mrs.Fariba Madani (USA)
RULES & REGULATIONS - DOCUMENTATION
- Para-Karate Rules 2021| ParaKarate Classification Rules | ParaKarate Info Sheet
- ParaKarate_Competition_Rules.pdf (650745)
Para_Karate_Info Sheet.pdf (191315)
- Download Forms:
Athlete Evaluation Consent Form
Consent form ENGLISH.pdf (222961)
Medical Diagnostic Forms for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments
INTELLECTUAL forms ENGLISH.pdf (229599)
Medical Diagnostic Form for Athletes with Visual Impairments
Visually impaired BLIND forms ENGLISH.pdf (258016)
Medical Diagnostic Form for Wheelchair Athletes