The World Karate Federation (WKF) is the largest sport karate organization and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as being responsible for karate competition in the Olympic Games. The WKF has developed common rules governing all styles. The national WKF organizations coordinate with their respective National Olympic Committees. View The World Karate Federation (WKF) »

European Karate Championships

European Karate Championships is the Karate European Championship organized by the European Karate Federation each year.

European Karate Federation

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 the six other known European federations (Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain) to come to France for the first-ever international karate event, and Great Britain and Belgium accepted the invitation.

By 1965 the European Karate Union was created, with Jacques Delcourt was voted in as President. The following year the first European Karate Championships were held, in Paris. The event drew roughly three hundred spectators and was shown on live TV; however, it drew criticisms for being too violent as there were many face injuries. The EKU council had differing opinions about the source of the injuries, with opinions ranging from excessive rules violations to lack of conditioning and blocking skill. This problem was addressed in some part at the first referee course, held in Rome. Here, the refereeing rules were harmonised using the JKA rules as a basis.

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List of tournaments

Edition Year Host City Country  
1 1966 Paris France France
2 1967 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
3 1968 Paris France France
4 1969 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
5 1970 Hamburg Germany Germany
6 1971 Paris France France
7 1972 Brussels Belgium  
8 1973 Valencia Spain Spain
9 1974 London United Kingdom United Kingdom
10 1975 Ostend Belgium  
11 1976 Tehran    
12 1977 Paris France France
13 1978 Geneva Switzerland  
14 1979 Helsinki Finland  
15 1980 Barcelona Spain Spain
16 1981 Venice Italy Italy
17 1982 Gothenburg Sweden  
18 1983 Madrid Spain Spain
19 1984 Paris France France
20 1985 Oslo Norway  
21 1986 Madrid Spain Spain
22 1987 Glasgow France France
23 1988 Genoa Italy Italy
24 1989 Titograd Yugoslavia  
25 1990 Vienna Austria  
26 1991 Hannover Germany Germany
27 1992 Den Bosch Netherlands  
28 1993 Prague Czech Republic  
29 1994 Birmingham England  
30 1995 Helsinki Finland  
31 1996 Paris France France
32 1997 Tenerife Spain 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 Germany
39 2004 Moscow Russia  
40 2005 Tenerife Spain 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 Tenerife Spain Spain
48 2013 Budapest Hungary  
49 2014 Tampere Finland  
50 2015 Istanbul Turkey  


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