Karate is a Japanese martial sport based in self-defensive and counter-attack training. Originating from the common fighting system known as “te,” Karate was created as a training routine for both mental improvement and physical performance. Karate is made up of various kihon, or basics, and modern karate utilizes a rank scheme of colored belts to signify advancement in the process. As a baseline to the mental improvement, the dojo is used as a philosophy for karate, with fundamental values such as respect of others, seeking perfection of character, being faithful, endeavor, and refrain from violent behavior.

Where did karate originate?


Karate originated in Okinawan Island. The Japanese word for Karate is “empty hands” which correlates with you learn the technique. Karate is a form of self-defense only using your fists and feet and no weapons to defend and strike against your opponent.

How many belts are there in karate?

There are 10 degrees of belts in which all of the belts have their special meaning during their training. From the first belt to the final belt: white, yellow, orange, purple, blue, advance blue, green, advance green, brown, advance brown, and black.

What is a karate uniform called?

The formal Japanese name for a karate uniform is “Karategi”. Karategi is used for practice, training, and competitions. The uniform is made up of lightweight and is loose-fitting so that students can perform to their full potential without any restrictions.

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Karate Competition Area - Judge Zone
Scaled side elevation illustration the Karate Competition Area with fighters, judges and measurements

The Karate Competition Area with Judges Zones, is an enlarged flat padded area that is used for Karate Competitions that involve seated judges. The contest area is usually indoors and consists of three internal lines: the two lines for the combatants and a referee line during the bout.

There are also four judges seated beyond the safety area and an arbitration committee supervising the bout, the judges and referees. They usually are seated outside the safety area and to the right or left of the referee. One the other side is the scorekeeper and timekeeper to monitor the game.

Karate Competition Areas have a competition length and width of 26.25’ (8 m) for a contest area of 689 ft² (64 m²). The Karate Competition Area with Judges Zone has a 39.37” (1 m) internal warning perimeter and a wider outer clearance area, designed to accommodate seated judges at all four corners, of 6.56’ (2 m) for additional safety and judging.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Karate Competition Area (Judge Area) measured with length and width
The Karate Competition Area with Judges Zones, is an enlarged flat padded area that is used for Karate Competitions that involve seated judges. The contest area is usually indoors and consists of three internal lines: the two lines for the combatants and a referee line during the bout.

Karate Competition Areas have a competition length and width of 26.25’ (8 m) for a contest area of 689 ft² (64 m²). The Karate Competition Area with Judges Zone has a 39.37” (1 m) internal warning perimeter and a wider outer clearance area, designed to accommodate seated judges at all four corners, of 6.56’ (2 m) for additional safety and judging.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Karate Competition Area (Judge Area) measured with length and width
Karate Competition Area - Judge Zone
Height:
2”-4” | 50.8-101.6 mm
Width:
26.25’ | 8 m (Contest)
Length:
26.25’ | 8 m (Contest)
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
689 ft² | 64 m² (Contest)

Competitor Spacing: 9.84’ | 3 m
Safety Area: 39.37” | 1 m
Clearance (Judge Area): 6.56’ | 2 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 1550 ft² | 144 m²
Surface Materials: Polyurethane or rubber foam

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Karate Competition Area
Elevation drawing of a Karate Competition Area with fighters and dimensions

The Karate Competition Area is a flat padded area devoid of hazard that is used for the various types of Karate Competition. The contest area is usually indoors and consists of three internal lines: the two lines for the combatants and a referee line during the bout.

There are also four judges seated beyond the safety area and an arbitration committee supervising the bout, the judges and referees. They usually are seated outside the safety area and to the right or left of the referee. One the other side is the scorekeeper and timekeeper to monitor the game.

Karate Competition Areas have a competition length and width of 26.25’ (8 m) for a contest area of 689 ft² (64 m²). The Karate Competition Area has a 39.37” (1 m) internal warning perimeter and an outer clearance area of 39.37” (1 m) for additional safety.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Karate Competition Area measured with length and width
The Karate Competition Area is a flat padded area devoid of hazard that is used for the various types of Karate Competition. The contest area is usually indoors and consists of three internal lines: the two lines for the combatants and a referee line during the bout.

Karate Competition Areas have a competition length and width of 26.25’ (8 m) for a contest area of 689 ft² (64 m²). The Karate Competition Area has a 39.37” (1 m) internal warning perimeter and an outer clearance area of 39.37” (1 m) for additional safety.

Dimensioned plan drawing of a Karate Competition Area measured with length and width
Karate Competition Area
Height:
2”-4” | 50.8-101.6 mm
Width:
26.25’ | 8 m (Contest)
Length:
26.25’ | 8 m (Contest)
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
689 ft² | 64 m² (Contest)

Competitor Spacing: 6.56’ | 2 m
Starting Box: 6.56’ x 3.28’ | 2 x 1 m
Safety Area: 39.37” | 1 m
Clearance: 39.37” | 1 m
Overall Area (Clearance): 1076 ft² | 100 m²
Surface Materials: Polyurethane or rubber foam

Drawings include:
Karate Competition Area plan, elevation (combatants)

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