The Koshiki Karate translated from Japanese as «rigid karate». You can also translate and how «traditional karate». This phenomenon in the world of martial arts emerged in the late 70s of the last century. On the initiative of the leading Japanese masters was attempted to create a modern competitive system of the fights, that could unite all schools and trends of the modern karate.
In 1977, to bring together all organizations developing multiple destinations karate to promote karate as a new sport in the Olympic Games was created by the World Union of Karate-do Organizations, or WUKO. In the composition of the governing bodies of the new organization were invited to almost all the leading karate masters of the time.
The main objective of WUKO — is the unification of all types and styles of karate-do and promotion the karate to the Olympics. The main problem in dealing with such a difficult task was the development of uniform rules of competition in the karate, satisfying the requirements of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In relation to existing competitive systems of modern karate, practiced by various organizations (eg, such as the World Karate Federation, or WKF).
Some excerpts from the rules of the World Karate Federation:
- Rules of the fights in Koshiki karate allow to apply any punches from the arsenal of modern karate-do. The combination of the application of punches, kicks, punches in the pole throwing techniques allows athletes to work on virtually any distance.
- Competition Rules also provide for the assessment of mutual attacks athletes (simultaneously, or with a small time interval).
- The fighters must use the special protective equipment. It consists of head protection — helmet equipped with a protective shield of optically transparent plastic housing and protection — chest plate.
- The clothing for the sporting judges working on the tatami, are the traditional black hakama. A shoe for the sports judges don't allowed.
For today, the World Koshiki Karate Union has some really complex problems. One of the main, of course, is restoration of the authority Koshiki Karate in the world as one of the competitive forms of modern karate-do. Authority, which was largely wasted in recent years.
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