Local athletes win big at 2021 National Karate Championship | Entertainment

USA Karate is the National Governing Body (NGB) of Karate for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and, as such, is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF). The organization has complete authority over all decisions regarding the selections of the United States Junior and Senior National Teams for international events. The tournaments organized by USA Karate are big national events in which many famous martial artists have participated in the past. The Junior International Cup and USA Open, held annually in Las Vegas, NV, are one of the largest international karate events in the world. Every year, USA Karate hosts its National Championship for all ranks and ages in various locations across the country, where athletes who have qualified at a nationwide national qualifying event compete against each other for a place in the junior or senior team as well as the title of national champion.

Karate has been part of the Pan American Games since 1995, but was recently added to the 2020 Olympics which took place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8, 2021, postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19. Olympic karate consisted of two events, Kumite and Kata. Four Americans, Sakura Kokumai, CA (Female Kata), Ariel Torres, Florida (Male Kata), Tom Scott, Texas (Male -75kilo Kumite), & Brian Irr, Texas (Male + 85Kilo Kumite) represented the United States at this prestigious sport an event. Of the four athletes, Ariel Torres won the bronze medal for the United States, an impressive feat for karate’s first Olympic. Additionally, Colorado resident Fariba Madani, a member of the United States Karate Referees Committee, was the only United States member selected to officiate at the Olympics.

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