The Karate 1-Youth League Acapulco beings in one week. The event inaugurates the year of international Karate.
- The 2022 Karate 1-Youth League Acapulco is the opening event of the season and the first out of the four tournaments of the year of the 2022 Karate 1-Youth League.
- The Karate 1-Youth League is designed to become a platform for the development of youngsters in their quest to progress in the sport.
The event will take place in the idyllic city of Acapulco, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
- The competition will be held at the Expo Mundo Imperial sports hall.
- The tournament is scheduled for January 21 to 23.
- The event begins on Friday, January 21 at 09:00 (local time) and is set to finish on Sunday, January 23 around 20.00 (local time).
- Finals are scheduled for each of the three competition days.
After nearly two years of hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Karate 1-Series A returns to the international calendar with the anticipated event to be held in Pamplona (Spain) from January 28 to 30.
It will be the first tournament of its kind since the Karate 1-Series A Santiago in January 2020. The competition will be held at the magnificent Navarra Arena sports hall, a state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue with a capacity for 11,000 spectators and with the best conditions for a first-class Karate event.
WKF RANKING CHALLENGE
One of the main updates of the 2022 season of Karate 1-Series A refers to the inscription of competitors and the greater importance of the WKF Ranking.
The categories will be limited to a maximum of 96 competitors per division. Only competitors who are ranked from the position 33 will be allowed to participate at Karate 1-Series A events.
Athletes will be striving to earn the points that allow them to participate in Karate’s biggest event, the Karate 1-Premier League. As only 32 athletes per category compete in the Karate 1-Premier League, first-class karatekas hope to reach the positions in the ranking which may give them the right to register to participate in all the phases of the tournament.
Therefore, the challenge of the WKF Ranking begins for many athletes as they aim to reach each one of the top-ranking groups: G32 (from positions 1 to 32), G64 (33 to 64) and G100 (65 to 100).
The results of the Karate 1-Series A Pamplona will have an immediate effect on the WKF Ranking and on the inscription of upcoming events since the points will be effective for athletes to register to the Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon.
Pamplona reemplazará a Salzburgo (Austria) como ciudad que inaugurará la competición Karate 1-Serie A 2022. Será del 28 al 30 de enero. El cambio de sede de Salzburgo a Pamplona se debe al enorme aumento de los contagios por Covid en Austria, según informa la Federación Mundial de Kárate.
De este modo, el Kárate 1-Series A Salzburgo tendrá lugar del 1 al 3 de abril.
La fecha final se confirmará más adelante dependiendo del desarrollo de la pandemia en Austria. Con la celebración de esta competición en Pamplona, España vuelve a acoger un gran evento de este deporte tras dar la bienvenida al Karate 1-Premier League en Madrid en 2019 y al Karate 1-Serie A en Guadalajara en 2018, y en Toledo en 2017. Madrid también acogió el Campeonato Mundial Senior 2018.
Sandra Sánchez será proclamada en Pamplona ‘Gran Winner’ de la Premier League 2020-2021, lo que le permitirá utilizar el karategi con el bordado dorado en estas pruebas de 2022.
The Japanese Kata icon won the gold medal at the 2021 Karate World Senior Championships today and broke the record of World crowns won at Karate’s biggest event in Male Kata categories.
Ryo Kiyuna said:
“I feel happy for winning this World Championships. For me, it was like if I won my first World Championships.”
Kiyuna defeated Damian Quintero of Spain in the final of Male Kata of #KarateDubai2021. The current Olympic champion excelled in his performance of “Ohan Dai” kata outscoring Quintero by 28.38 points to 26.66 points.
“I did ‘Ohan Dai’ Kata today. I enjoyed how I felt doing this kata on top of the tatami. I have my teammates to thank because they helped me improve my Kata,” the World champion said.
With his triumph in Dubai, Kiyuna claims his fourth consecutive World crown after taking the titles in Bremen 2014, Linz 2016 and Madrid 2018.
The 31-year-old karateka joins Atsuko Wakai also from Japan as the athlete with the most medals won at World Championships in Kata. His victory today also makes Kiyuna exceed his own master Tsuguo Sakumoto as well as France’s Michael Milon who have three crowns each. Only Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan has won more World titles with five.
Ryo Kiyuna said:
“I am World champion, and I became this good at kata because of Sakumoto sensei. All my titles are thanks to him. Sakumoto sensei helped me to continue training. He gave me the possibility to train with him and I am honoured to have him as my sensei»
“I got all my power, all my heart from Sakumoto sensei”
Native from Okinawa, Kiyuna has mastered the traditional Karate style of the original birthplace of the sport.
“My intention has always been to showcase Okinawa Karate around the world,” said Kiyuna.
The highlight of his title-filled career was in August when he became Karate’s first Olympic gold medallist of the birth nation of the sport and Okinawa’s first Olympic medallist.
Kiyuna defeated Spain’s Quintero in the final of the Olympic Kata competition and he starred in the most emotional moment of Karate at the Games.
“The Olympic Games were a good experience for me. I wanted to spread all the values of Karate and show the world the best of our sport. I wanted to show all our tradition, all the budo of Karate, especially to kids,” said Kiyuna.