JKA World Cup

The World Cup – the Japan Karate Association's Premier Event

What is the World Cup?

The JKA World Cup – also known as the "Shoto Cup", the "Shoto World Cup", and the "Funakoshi Gichin World Cup" – is the equivalent of Olympic competition for members of the JKA. Every three years, the global Shotokan community comes together to compete at this event, to which each country sends a select national team. Selections take place at a national tournament which draws athletes from dojos all over the country, all vying for a spot on either the kumite or kata squads.

To get a feel for the outstanding level of competition, watch this video from the 2014 World Cup held in Tokyo, Japan:

For more video examples, watch this Shotocup playlist on YouTube.

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