The Rules of Karate (WKF) – EXPLAINED!
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The Rules of Karate (WKF) – EXPLAINED!

November 29, 2019


Ninh explains, the Rules of Karate
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. Karate, sometimes referred to as ‘Olympic
Karate’ or ‘Sport Karate’, is a combat sport that is contested between two fighters,
in an area that measures 8m x 8m. This video covers the Kumite sparring rules
as set out by the World Karate Federation – which will be the same rules as contested
in the Olympic Games. The contest starts by bowing to the referee
and bowing to your opponent. When the referee tells you to go, the fight
begins. To score points, you must hit your opponent
cleanly and with good power and technique. Any punch to the torso or face, scores a Yuko,
which is worth 1 point. Any kick to the torso scores a Waza-Ari which
is worth 2 points. If you manage to land a punch to either the
back of the head or back of the torso, this also scores a two point Waza-Ari. Any kick to the face, scores an Ippon which
is worth 3 points. And any takedown or sweep that is followed
up with an attack whilst grounded, also scores a 3 point Ippon. Taking down the opponent without attacking
scores nothing. Once a technique has been scored, the referee
will stop the clock and the fight immediately. He will signal what he thinks the scoring
technique is, and will check with the judges. These judges are positioned in the corners
of the ring, and will signal their decision with flags. If they agree, the referee will officially
award points to the relevant fighter. The fight is contested in one three minute
round for men, and one two minute round for women and juniors. Whoever has the highest score at the end of
time … wins. That’s the bare basics of it all, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching Karate. For example. Penalties. As with most sports, there’s a few things
you cannot do in Karate. Here’s a list of things you cannot do, but
most of them are similar to most fighting sports. If you are found guilty of breaking the rules,
you are warned. If a fighter accrues 4 warnings, this equals
disqualification. Format
Most contests are individual contests, where one person fights against another. But there are also team competitions, 5 fighters
per team for men, and 3 fighters per team for women. They all fight each other and the team with
the most number of victories is the winner! If the number of wins are equal, the team
who has score the most points will take the victory. Tie
Individual contests cannot end in a tie, so if scores are even and time expires, the judges
will decide which fighter was superior and award them the win. Ties are permitted in the team competition. 8 point decision
If a fighter accrues an 8 point lead over their opponent at any point during the fight. The referee will stop the fight immediately
and award that fighter the win. If you have found this video at all helpful,
be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on Twitter also, but
in the meantime – enjoy Karate. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

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  1. Ninh explains the rules of Karate (Kumite) – as set out by the World Karate Federation. Learn all about this Japanese Martial art. Be sure to share this video and subscribe if you like my stuff.

  2. 1.I thought Karate and TaeKwonDo was the same thing.
    2. I thought Karate was just an umbrella term for all asian style martial arts
    3. I thought Karate was of chinese origin.
    4. AWESOME VIDEO!!! THANKS NINH

  3. Hey Ninh great video! I previously watched your taekwando video but was slightly sad to see it was WTF. As the ITF world championships are happening now could you please make an ITF video not just for sparring but patterns as well. ITF used to have been really popular but its never really been where it used to be but it is still an amazing sport. Thanks if you do!

  4. Awesome video, Ninh! I hold a brown belt in karate (I haven't done it in years, but I'm hoping to get back into it), but never actually knew the competition rules, so this was really interesting to me!

  5. hello big daddy ninh it is I that one guy who used to comment on all your videos by the name of horny pedo now I have returned to make your comment section more cancerous

  6. Ninh Ly You need to do the Scottish sport called Shinty. Same roots as Hurling, Ice hockey and Bandy. They even play an international game Vs Hurling every year.

  7. Hey ninh, since sport climbing is being added to the summer olympics in Japan 2020 can you do a video on the rules of the sport please?

  8. Is this based on a specific style of Karate or is it just a mixture of rules from different sport styles for the Olympics?

  9. I love this vide. I only did Karate Shotokan but not for long. But i still like it. Good to know the rules. Thanks.

  10. now do the rules of drumming
    its technically a sport since you use all your limbs
    and you have to be careful not going sergio ramos

  11. There is an updated rule in wkf kumite since this year, where in case of a tie, let's say they were both 4 points after the match, the first one who scored during the match called *senshu*, will be declared the winner :))

  12. Oh god at 1:04 i’ve seen “Federatie Romană de Karate” and i felt so proud because im from Romania, also thank you so much for the video, it helped❗️

  13. Can you please stop referring to fighters as players and bouts, matches, or fights as games? You do not play karate. You fight. You are not a karate player. You are a karateka or a fighter… you did this in tkd and judo too.

    Respectfully. I like your videos but it tends to irritate people who do combat sports.

  14. you cannot Judo your opponent in karate tournament?
    but you can grab them and knockdown on the floor but do not attempt to headbutt and stomp your opponent's toes

  15. You should do the international jujitsu federations fighting system. Its not common where I am in Ohio but i understand its pretty popular in Europe. Its a fun and pretty easy to understand competition thats pretty much a mix of karate, judo, and Brazilian jujitsu.

  16. Hey Ninh good vid but karate has waaaaaaaaaay more important things trust me I do karate and sparing is barley am requirement

  17. Any punch scored while stood up is 1 point. It doesn't matter if you land a punch at the back or the front of your opponent. It's still worth only 1 point. Please change it. Thanks

  18. I have been practicing shotokan karate for 8 years
    fights can feel eternal because they stop time every time a point is made, a foul, exit from the ring, anything stops the time
    It's exhausting sometimes, but it's a wonderful discipline

  19. Is there a video or so for penalties like the ones I watch look like a normal punch and kick. I might need help understanding better

  20. in other karate tournaments, organizations or other federations outside of the olympics like kyokushin, kudo, shidokan, shourin-ryu or kenpo/kempo, etc. you Can knee and elbow your opponent just like in muay thai
    but be careful. if you studied other karate and if you are competed in a kyokushin tournament. don't attempt to punch or elbow your opponent's face/head, it's not allowed. just like world taekwondo federation did. but be aware
    in olympic sport karate. wado-ryu, shito-ryu, goju ryu and shotokan are allowed. including no knee or elbow and no full contact karate

  21. And you aren't allowed to feint an attack psh.

    Also, do one on KYOUKUSHIN karate. It's style and rules are way different despite having the same name

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