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Karate has been around for hundreds of years. It is one of the oldest and
most practiced martial art in the world. But, why isn't it an approved
sport in the Olympics? Currently, Tae Kwon Do and Judo are the only two
martial arts that are official events of the Olympic games. Karate, on the
hand, has been reviewed several times, but was never passed by the IOC
(International Olympic Committee). Let's take a look at Olympic review
process, past considerations of karate by the IOC, and reasons why it may
not have been approved.

_*How are Sports Evaluated and Approved by the IOC?*_

According the Olympic Guidelines, there are several criteria for a sport to
become a part of the Olympics. First, the sport must be widely practiced
around the world. Second, the sport need to be overseen by a International
Federation. This federation will determne the competitions rules and ensure
that the guidelines are followed properly. There are also several other
criteria determined by the IOC (depending on the type of sport) to help
establish the sport's credibility.

_*HIstory of Karate's Evaluation by the IOC
Karate has been voted on a several times by the IOC. In 2005, Karate was
approved during the first voting round. However, it was booted from the
evaluation process at the last minute. In 2009, Karate was once again
denied access to the games.

The evaluation of Karate as a potential Olympic sport began a long time
before it

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This article is about the martial art. For other uses, see Karate

Hanashiro Chomo.jpg
Hanashiro Chomo
Also known as /Karate-dō/ (空手道)
Focus Striking
Hardness Full contact, Semi contact, Light contact
Country of origin Ryūkyū Kingdom Ryukyu Kingdom / Japan Japan
Creator Sakukawa Kanga; Matsumura Sōkon; Itosu Ankō; Arakaki
Seishō; Higaonna Kanryō
Parenthood Indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands, Chinese kenpo^[1]^[2]
Olympic sport No

*Karate* (空手^?) (/kəˈrɑːtiː/; Japanese
pronunciation: [kaɽate] ( listen)) is a martial art developed in the
Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially
from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands (called /te/ (手^?),
literally "hand"; /tii/ in Okinawan) and from Chinese kenpo.^[1]^[2] Karate
is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and
open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel
strikes. In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and
vital point strikes are also taught.^[3] A karate practitioner is called a
*karateka* (空手家^?).

Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was brought to the Japanese
mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges
between the Japanese and the Ryukyuans. It was systematically taught in
Japan after the Taisho era.^[4] In 1922 the Japanese Ministry of Education
invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924
Keio University established the first university karate club in Japan and
by 1932, major Japanese universities had karate clubs.^[5] In this era of
escalating Japanese militarism,^[6] the name was changed from 唐手
("Chinese hand" or "Tang hand")^[7] to 空手 ("empty hand") –
both of which are pronounced /karate/ – to indicate that the

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate

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