The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre
Two girls practicing high kicks in a karate gym with flags in the background.

Karate is a traditional Japanese sport that originated on the island of Okinawa in the 17th century. It will be making its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 with two types of events. Kata features solo demonstrations of offensive and defensive movements that are judged, and Kumite is a sparring event in which athletes are awarded points for attacking with style and power.