Sport Overview

Postponement has been decided for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai.
The new dates are being arranged.
Please note that the followings are the information before the postponement was confirmed.

Karate is a martial art that was developed in Japan for the purpose of defending yourself unarmed against an assailant by using your whole body and employing techniques such as takedowns, thrusts, blows and kicks. Karate consists of two disciplines: in “kumite”, competitors actually engage in a fight that is regulated by rules and try to win more points than the opponent; in “kata”, competitors perform movements according to a designated form and are evaluated based on the tempo, power, speed, accuracy and other aspects of their techniques.

 Friday, 20th May - Sunday, 22nd May 2022

 Kyoto City Budo Center <Kyoto City, Kyoto>


 [Kumite Category 1] (40 - 49)
 [Kata Category 1] (40 - 49)
 [Kumite Category 2] (50 - 59)
 [Kata Category 2] (50 - 59)

 [Kumite Category 3] (60 - 69)
 [Kata Category 3] (60 - 69)

 [Kumite Category 4] (70+)
 [Kata Category 4] (70+)

 [Kumite Category 1] (35 - 44)
 [Kata Category 1] (35 - 44)

 [Kumite Category 2] (45 - 54)
 [Kata Category 2] (45 - 54)

 [Kumite Category 3] (55+)
 [Kata Category 3] (55+)


[Athletes in Japan]
 (1) Those whose age, as of 31st December 2021, and that corresponds to item “6. Events”
 (2) Athletes must be members, registered with the All Japan Karatedo Federation.
 (3) Athletes must be certified rank holders.

[Athletes in other countries]
 (1) Those whose age, as of 31st December 2021, and corresponds to item “6. Events”
 (2) Athletes need to be a member of NF in their country.
 (3) Athletes must hold a NF rank in their own countries.

Age Requirement

Male: Minimum age is 40 (born on or before 31st December 1981)
Female: Minimum age is 35 (born on or before 31st December 1986)

Sport News

[16th July 2021] Updated “World Anti-Doping Code” and “the rules of the International Masters Games Association” of Sports Information Guide.
[1st March 2021] We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Kyoto City Budo Center

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.


Kyoto City Budo Center

Location 46-2 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access 10 minutes walking from Jingu-Marutamachi Sta.
Official Homepage http://www.kyoto-sports.or.jp/facilities/detail.php?id=15

Sport Check-in

As a general rule, Sport Check-in must be completed at the venue by the day before the competition.

[Date and Time]
 19th May, 2022 (Thurs) 13:00 - 17:00
 20th May, 2022 (Fri) 9:00 - 17:00

 Kyoto City Budo Center

 Planned to hand out bibs and programmes etc.

Nearest Village

Masters Village Kyoto
(Porta Underground Shopping Mall – Kyoto Station)

Location 902 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access ・From JR Kyoto Station, take the central exit and go down to the basement level using the escalator. Turn right at the first passage and proceed straight ahead. The next square is “Porta Plaza”.
・From the airport bus drop-off location “Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi”, proceed to “Hachijo East Exit” of Kyoto Station and go down to the 2nd basement level. Please proceed straight through the underground passage. “Porta Plaza” is on the left at the north gate of Subway Kyoto Station.
Official Homepage http://www.porta.co.jp/floor




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