Olympic Martial Arts – Tokyo Olympics 2020

This page provides details for the Olympic martial arts events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Olympic martial arts include BoxingKarateTaekwondoWrestlingJudo and Fencing. These martial arts will be participating as Olympic sports in 2020. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan and will run from July 24 to August 09, 2020. Historically, Karate has not been part of recent Olympics. However, Karate was approved for the 2020 Olympics because the events are being hosted by Japan. At the 2020 Olympics, the Karate events will include kumite (sparring) and kata.

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Karate at the Olympics

Karate participants at the Tokyo Olympics will be able to participate in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) events. According to the Tokyo Olympic website, for the Karate kata segment, athletes can choose from “75 types designated by the WKF. At the tournament, competitors are required to demonstrate a different kata for each match, including the final”. In addition, the Karate kumite at the 2020 Olympics will be non-contact. “Competitors send tsuki, or punches, and keri, or kicks, with explosive force at the prescribed regions of their opponent’s body. However, a tsuki or keri never actually hits the opponent because competitors perform every tsuki and keri with absolute control, enabling them to stop the motion suddenly only millimetres before coming into contact with their opponent”. For more information, please visit our page on Karate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Taekwondo at the Olympics

Taekwondo has participated in many of the recent Olympics. This Korean martial arts focuses on Taekwondo sparring and participants do not compete with forms & patterns. The Taekwondo sparring weight classes include men’s under 58 kg, 58-68 kg, 68-80 kg, 80+ kg and women’s under 49 kg, 49-57 kg, 57-67 kg, 67+kg.

According to the Tokyo Olympic website, “Points are awarded for landing an attack to the protector. Three points are awarded for a straight kick to the head, and five points for a spinning kick to the head; two points are awarded for a straight kick to the torso, and four points for a spinning kick to the torso; and one point is awarded for a punch to the torso”.

Archery at the Olympics

Currently, we are not listing Archery as an Olympic martial arts because it does not compete as a combative one-on-one Olympic event.

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Martial Arts Gold Medal Results at Past Olympics

Boxing Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics – Uzbekistan – 3, Cuba – 3, France – 2, Kazakhstan – 1, Russia – 1, UK – 1, USA – 1 and Brazil – 1.
  • 2012 Olympics – UK – 3, Ukraine – 2, Cuba – 2, Russia – 1, Ireland – 1, Kazakhstan – 1, China – 1, Japan – 1 and USA – 1.

Fencing Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics – Russia – 4, Hungary – 2, Italy – 1, France -1, S. Korea – 1 and Romania – 1.
  • 2012 Olympics – Italy – 3, S. Korea – 2, China – 2, Ukraine – 1, Hungry – 1 and Venezuela – 1.

Judo Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics – Japan – 3, France – 2, Russia – 2, Italy – 1, USA – 1, Brazil – 1, Slovenia – 1, Argentina – 1, Czech Republic – 1 and Kosovo – 1.
  • 2012 Olympics – Russia – 3, France – 2, S. Korea – 2, Japan -1, Cuba – 1, Brazil – 1, USA – 1, Georgia – 1, N. Korea – 1 and Slovenia – 1.

Taekwondo Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics – S. Korea – 2, China – 2, UK – 1, Azerbaijan – 1, Ivory Coast – 1 and Jordan – 1.
  • 2012 Olympics – Spain – 1, China – 1, S. Korea – 1, Turkey – 1, UK – 1, Italy – 1, Argentina – 1 and Serbia – 1.

Wrestling Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics – Russia – 4, Japan – 4, Cuba – 2, USA – 2, Turkey – 1, Iran – 1, Armenia – 1, Georgia – 1, Canada – 1 and Serbia – 1.
  • 2012 Olympics – Russia – 4, Japan – 4, Iran – 3, Azerbaijan – 2, United States – 2, Cuba – 1, Uzbekistan – 1, South Korea – 1

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References

  1. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Karate, https://tokyo2020.jp/en/games/sport/olympic/karate
  2. Toyko 2020 Olympic games, Taekwondo, https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/sport/olympic/taekwondo
  3. Rio 2016 Olympic Games, http://www.rio2016.com/en