Problems with rules of karate competitions

World Karate Federation (WKF) is working hard to get Sports Karate into Olympic Games.

There is a serious problem with quality of judging of Karate Kumite (Sparring) tournaments: Unclear Rules of competition.

Rules can be found here http://www.wkf.net/pdf/wkf-competition-rules-version9-2015-en.pdf.  Despite pages and pages of instruction, there is fair amount of subjectivity.  The phrases like, “Zanshin is that criterion most often missed when a score is assessed” do not help in lending the objectivity.

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