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Using Karate To Live Healthy  WGN TV Chicago

Sometimes the best way to pick up a healthy habit is to find out what works for others! In our latest 'Healthy You' a local business owner is sharing with Jane ...

WGN TV Chicago
Karate Champion Fights for Victims of Sexual Violence  Voice of America

Three-time world champion Laurence Fischer is teaching women karate in an effort to help them overcome sexual violence.

Voice of America
'The Karate Kid' Returning To Theaters For Its 35th Anniversary  Forbes

Thirty-five years after first hitting theaters, The Karate Kid is returning to the big screen for a limited engagement - and it is going to look better than ever.

New karate studio can teach you how to defend yourself -- Chuck Norris-style  My Buckhannon

BUCKHANNON – What does the opening of Mountain State Martial Arts and Fitness signify? It's simple – it means teaching the Chuck Norris System of martial ...

My Buckhannon
Referees from Oman take part in West Asia karate tournament  Times of Oman

MUSCAT: West Asia fifth karate championship for men and women and the second for youth were conducted on Friday and Saturday by the Sharjah Club For ...

Times of Oman
Exclusive: The Karate Kid returning to theaters for its 35th anniversary  Entertainment Weekly News

It's time to wax on, wax off. In honor of its 35th anniversary, The Karate Kid is returning to movie theaters for two days only as presented by Fathom Events.

Entertainment Weekly News
‘The Karate Kid’ (1984) celebrates 35th Anniversary with 4k Blu-ray Release  HD Report

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of Oscar-nominated The Karate Kid on Tuesday, April 16. The release of the film to ...

HD Report
European Karate Federation commits to further growth of sport on continent  Insidethegames.biz

The European Karate Federation (EKF) Executive Committee met in Aalborg to analyse the situation of the sport on the continent, with the governing bod...

Karate Champ Takes On New Foe in France, DRC: Sexual Violence  VOA News

Women's marches last weekend in cities around the world show just how much attention the #MeToo movement has drawn to the issue of sexual violence.

VOA News
Vacaville’s Kiera MacKenzie earns spot on karate Team USA  TheReporter.Com

Here is an important thing to know about karate Team USA's Kiera MacKenzie: At age 9, after a year of instruction with Jim and Kathy Ernest at their Ramtown ...

Police looking for ‘Karate Kid’ thief in South Carolina  WGN TV Chicago

SWANSEA, S.C. — Police are trying to find a man with what they're calling a "unique ritual he uses before he commits a larceny." The man, caught on camera ...

WGN TV Chicago
The Guardian wins Gyaku Ryu karate-Do award  Guardian Nigeria

For selflessly promoting Gyaku Ryu Karate-Do, a school of martial art and physical fitness, The Guardian Newspapers Limited was at the weekend given...

Guardian Nigeria
Purse snatcher strikes ‘The Karate Kid’ crane kick pose on camera before crime  WYFF4 Greenville

A purse snatcher with a flair for the dramatic is getting a lot of attention for striking a pose made famous in “The Karate Kid” movie.

WYFF4 Greenville
Woodland Park karate instructor plans new gym to give kids confidence to stem bullying, suicide  Colorado Springs Gazette

WOODLAND PARK • A Woodland Park karate center owner has a new take on stemming the tide of bullying and teen suicide.

Colorado Springs Gazette
Great Neck karate medalist working toward 2020 Olympic dream  News 12 Long Island

The 23-year-old's journey began 20 years ago, when her father signed her up for karate lessons.

News 12 Long Island
American Family Karate holds fundraiser for ill teen  MyTwinTiers.com

Locals young and older showed support at a fundraising event for a local teen battling Lyme disease.

Karate grand master wants to give defense power to girls, women  The Robesonian

LUMBERTON — A local martial artist wants to give females the power to fight back.Grand Master Lacy Green, owner of Thunderzone Karate, is holding a free…

The Robesonian
‘The Karate Kid’ Returning To Cinemas In Celebration Of 35th Anniversary  The Inquisitr News

It was June of 1984 when the original film The Karate Kid was released in theaters. The film, featuring Ralph Macchio as Daniel, quickly became a cult classic ...

The Inquisitr News
Karate School saved from Fire  LoveFM

The North Side of Belize City has experienced grief on Monday with the highway accident; shoot out excitement on Wednesday with the Allen cousins, a murder ...

Africa: Karate Champ Takes On New Foe in France, DR Congo Sexual Violence  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Women's marches last weekend in cities around the world show just how much attention the #MeToo movement has drawn to the issue of sexual violence.

AllAfrica - Top Africa News
Watch Davido's daughter and Tiwa Savage's son fight karate in school  Pulse Nigeria

The cutest video you'd see on social media today is that of Davido's daughter, Imade and Tiwa Savage's son, Jamal take karate lessons together in school.

Pulse Nigeria
Fire Dragon Launches at Springbok Casino  Business Wire

Fans of martial arts movies, thrilling stunts, high-speed car chases will love Fire Dragon which launches at Springbok Casino later this month.

Business Wire
Elite karateka renew focus  South Coast Herald

It seems interest in karate in the region is growing and nine dojos are currently affiliated to Wkf Ugu.

South Coast Herald
Was The 'Karate Kid' A Bad Guy? Ralph Macchio Loves That People Are Talking About It  Hollywood Outbreak

It's a good thing that the saga of The Karate Kid has continued with Cobra Kai. Why? Because, with the rise of the Internet, the original movie has become a bit ...

Hollywood Outbreak
An alleged kidnapper followed a woman into a karate studio. It didn't go well  USA TODAY

A man in North Carolina allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman but she led him somewhere he couldn't fight his way out of – a karate studio.

How Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better  The New York Times

The ancient Greek karate style known as pankration offers time-tested lessons on aging well.

The New York Times
Karate owner nominated for national award | News  Weatherford Democrat

For the parents of children who take Bob Nuttall's karate classes, the activity means more than self-defense.

Weatherford Democrat
The Wasp Wants a Zombie. The Cockroach Says ‘No’ With a Karate Kick.  The New York Times

Scientists documented the fancy footwork that helps some cockroaches fend off a wasp's paralyzing sting.

The New York Times
Man allegedly chased woman into karate studio  CNN

A man allegedly tried to kidnap a woman by forcing her into his car, in north Charlotte, North Carolina. She broke free, and ran into a nearby karate studio ...

Cinnaminson's Action Karate teaches confidence, anti-bullying values  Burlington County Times

At Action Karate on Wednesday night, kids learned self-defense, and how that goes well beyond physical intervention.

Burlington County Times
‘I just threw him’: 22-year-old woman uses karate training to take down home intruder  WTKR News 3

Meeting Hannah Hughes, one is struck by how reserved the young woman is, polite and quiet. But Hughes is also someone you just don't want to mess with.

WTKR News 3
Negligence lawsuit filed against Pak's Karate facilities over sexual abuse claims  FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX

The lawsuit says that the karate school "failed to implement even the most basic institutional safeguards" to prevent sexual abuse.

FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX
The Karate Girl | Magazine  Harvard Crimson

“The Dangerous Book for Boys” was bound in red cloth, larger than a spiral-bound notebook and much thicker. It was a 10th birthday gift for my friend, which I ...

Harvard Crimson
Fitchburg High junior giving back through 'Karate for Kids'  Sentinel & Enterprise

FITCHBURG -- A love for karate movies as a kid got Ethan Chandler interested in training in the martial art. Now as a junior at Fitchburg High School, he is ...

Sentinel & Enterprise
Suspect got more than he bargained for after chasing woman into north Charlotte karate studio  WSOC Charlotte

Police said a karate instructor stepped in to help a woman after a man tried to force her into his car outside a north Charlotte karate studio Thursday night.

WSOC Charlotte
Cockroaches deliver karate kicks to avoid being turned into “zombies”  Ars Technica

If you ever want to witness just how horrifyingly "red in tooth and claw" nature can be, you only have to look to the emerald jewel wasp. The female of the species ...

Ars Technica
Karate instructor thwarts kidnapping attempt  WOAI

A North Carolina woman's quick thinking, combined with a perfectly placed karate dojo, helped keep her safe when she was recently chased by a would-be ...

From hobby to passion: Karate has helped Lakota East graduate grow into a national champion  Hamilton Journal News

Growing up as an individual with autism and Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, Jamie Druhan Green struggled fitting in and often was picked on at school. The 2005 ...

Hamilton Journal News
Karate Combat Announces Major Expansion and Championship Structure  PRNewswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Karate Combat announced a comprehensive expansion today following the success of its first four events with ...

Midland Park's 'karate kid' stars in sport-themed Christmas movie  NorthJersey.com

NORTH HALEDON — The bright-red karate gi complete with yellow belt is his own. The starring role in a new film, “A Karate Christmas Miracle,” filming in ...

Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow  Vanderbilt University News

Rick Grimes has nothing on the humble American cockroach when it comes to avoiding zombification. Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the ...

Vanderbilt University News
Alleged kidnapping thwarted after suspect chased victim into a karate dojo  Bloody Elbow

Last week an alleged attempted kidnapping was thwarted in Charlotte, NC after a suspect chased their target into a karate studio. The ill-conceived pursuit ...

Bloody Elbow
Everything You Need to Know About Martial Arts Before Signing Your Kid Up  Fatherly

Navigating the world of kids karate can be tricky. Not only is there a seemingly endless number of styles from which to choose ⏤ Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jujutsu ...

Buenos Aires 2018 karate party comes to an end - Olympic News  Olympics

The inaugural Olympic karate competition came to a conclusion on Thursday 18 October, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

Karate skills help Pa. woman, 22, capture burglary suspect  Allentown Morning Call

A woman's 10 years of karate lessons are being credited with helping her subdue a man suspected of breaking into her western Pennsylvania home just after ...

Allentown Morning Call
‘I Just Threw Him’: Woman, 22, Uses Karate Training To Take Down Man Who Broke Into Her Home  CBS Pittsburgh

Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter. NEMACOLIN, Pa. (KDKA) — Meeting Hannah Hughes, one is struck by how reserved the young woman is, polite and quiet ...

CBS Pittsburgh
Family of cabdriver who died after ‘karate kick’ wants Uber driver charged  Chicago Sun-Times

The family of a cabdriver who died nearly three months ago after a traffic dispute ended with him being kicked in the head now wants criminal charges filed.

Chicago Sun-Times
Thieves take more than $7,000 in equipment from karate instructor who relies on donations  WREG NewsChannel 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Karate instructor who relies on donations to keep his classes going was robbed. Robert Blackstone teaches martial arts for little or nothing ...

WREG NewsChannel 3
Meet the karate cockroach and other hard-kicking animals  National Geographic

From kangaroos to kiwis, animals have found that a swift kick is often the best defense.

National Geographic
Karate studio run by admitted rapist now empty  WSMV Nashville

Four months after the News4 I-Team exposed how a man who'd pleaded guilty to rape of a child was teaching children at a Portland karate studio, that building ...

WSMV Nashville
NFL Week 5 Celebration Grades: A big weekend for karate, but Linval Joseph takes top honors  CBSSports.com

It was quite an odd (but strong) week for celebrations across the NFL.

Summerlin teen keen on Olympics’ newest sport: Karate  Las Vegas Review-Journal

Trinity Allen is the top-ranked American in her age group and 59-kilogram weight class, ranked No. 22 in the World Karate Federation. In December she will ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ryo Kiyuna wins third consecutive karate gold at worlds  The Japan Times

Karateka Ryo Kiyuna clinched his third consecutive world crown in the kata division for men at the world championships in Madrid on Saturday. All flags wen.

The Japan Times
Midnight Mania! Alleged kidnapper chases woman into karate studio, leaves on stretcher  MMA Mania

Bringing you the weird and wild from the worlds of MMA each and every weeknight.

MMA Mania
Lyoto Machida believes his Karate beats Rafael Carvalho’s Muay Thai at Bellator 213  Bloody Elbow

Lyoto Machida bets on his Karate skills to surpass former Bellator champ Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 213, on December 15.

Bloody Elbow
Karate students awarded black belts in Wellington  Sun Sentinel

Three adults students at Genbu-Kai Karate in Wellington recently earned their rank of black belts.

Sun Sentinel
Karate Combat tries to raise profile from high above NYC  The Japan Times

Bruce Lee never dodged a shattered champagne flute. But one of the earliest KO's suffered at Karate Combat's debut card in New York came when broken ...

The Japan Times
What owners of Karate Academy have to say about a bitter billing battle  WOAI

SAN ANTONIO - A local karate school is taking a beating on social media. Former customers of Karate Academy are accusing the business of over-billing, then ...

Cockroaches Karate-Kick Wasps to Avoid Becoming Zombies  HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks looks at a study determining how cockroaches defend themselves from jewel wasps.

Led by a spirited sensei, Pine Forest Karate marks 20 years in Florence  GazetteNET

Thirty years ago, Daniel Gobillot was working as a real estate broker when a man came into his office looking to rent a space for a dojo, the Japanese term for a ...

Karate students pile up the trophies  Record Bee

From left, Kayla Ward of Clearlake, Charlie Crawford of Lakeport and Madison Banuelos of Clearlake combined to win seven trophies and a medal Saturday ...

Record Bee
Pasco sensei blends karate and faith  Tampa Bay Times

Mark Pinner Karate School has led programs in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Tampa Bay Times
Danny Trejo To Test Ring Announcer Chops For Karate Combat’s Hollywood Premiere  Deadline

Danny Trejo has been set to take the mike to be ring announcer for Karate Combat: Hollywood on January 24.

Chandler's karate passion making an impact in the community  Sentinel & Enterprise

By Chad Garner Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg High soon-to-be junior Ethan Chandler has been learning karate since he was 6 ...

Sentinel & Enterprise
Live streams of karate and niche sports are terrifying major sports leagues  TechCrunch

Of the 100 most-watched live telecasts in the US in 2005, 14 were sporting events; in 2015, sporting events comprised 93 of the top 100 telecasts. That shift ...

Canton's 'Karate Kid' earns berth in world championships  Hometownlife.com

Ever since he was 7, Canton's Logan Stacey has been captivated by karate, a sport that will take him to Dublin, Ireland, for the world championships.

How To Play Karate Chess  Chess.com

In one of my recent articles I shared a story of how I became a lucky owner of an amazing book that really helped my chess development. This is how that article ...

Korean Karate Academy of Allen Park celebrates 50 years  Southgate News Herald

Originally started by Edward Ormanian in 1968, the Korean Karate Academy just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Southgate News Herald
Damir Kreilach like Karate Kid? Epic goal memorialized by Real Salt Lake  MLSsoccer.com

After winning on the field Thursday night, Real Salt Lake has been winning the internet. They poked fun at LAFC after the game then followed that up by ...

Karate class with Bob Nuttall  Weatherford Democrat

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Weatherford Democrat
Victim’s mother heartbroken after Orem karate instructor ruled incompetent  Daily Herald

Devastated and heartbroken after learning a karate instructor had molested her daughter, the girl's mother carefully kept track of every court document and ...

Daily Herald
Medways karate kid gets gold  MetroWest Daily News

Medway resident Gabby Smith is the first member of the Seishin Martial Arts Studio to win an international competition.

MetroWest Daily News
Learn karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu at new martial arts school in New Tripoli  Allentown Morning Call

Build strength in body, mind and spirt while learning how to kick, block, punch and grapple at the Lehigh Valley's newest martial arts school. Mike's Karate ...

Allentown Morning Call
Karate school, former instructor named in civil suit  Brunswick News

The parents of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a karate school instructor have filed a civil lawsuit against him and his employer for not taking precautions to ...

Brunswick News
Lansing's octogenarian karate master Seikichi Iha does not miss a day at the dojo  City Pulse

At 86 years old, Sensei Seikichi Iha leads a seasoned troupe of blackbelts and amateurs through their exercises at Lansing's Original Okinawa Karate Dojo.

City Pulse
Jordan's karate hopeful - Olympic News  Olympics

Abdallah Hammad qualified to compete in karate. Currently, he's training in Santiago de Chile while dreaming about a historic performance at Buenos Aires ...

Long Island karate instructor accused of sexually abusing 14-year-old girl  WABC-TV

A Long Island karate instructor is under arrest, accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in September, and authorities fear they may be more victims.

Naples High junior Cody Lam making a name for himself in karate  Naples Daily News

A member of the U.S. national team the last two years, Cody Lam of Naples High making presence felt at international tournaments.

Naples Daily News
Karate Combat Hosts First-Ever Sports Event Atop The Freedom Tower in New York City  PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Karate Combat, the first mainstream, professional, full-contact karate league, announced the date and location for ...

PR Newswire
Karate Combat's Potential Displayed at 'One World' Event  Sports Illustrated

Potential for the future of Karate Combat was on full display during the full-contact karate league's third-ever event, "One World," hosted in New York City.

Sports Illustrated
Check Out an Exclusive First Look at The Karate Kid Picture Book :: Books :: Features :: the karate kid :: Paste  Paste Magazine

The Karate Kid is getting the picture book treatment in time for its 25th anniversary, and the crane kick has never looked cuter.

Paste Magazine
Franklin woman charged with assault on police officers with 'karate kicks'  New Jersey Herald

FRANKLIN -- A borough woman has been arrested and charged with assaulting two police officers after aiming karate kicks at them when they responded to a ...

New Jersey Herald
Kellyanne Conway: Jim Acosta’s ‘karate chop’ clip wasn’t altered, but it was ‘sped up’  MarketWatch

The White House took some heat last week after it shared an edited video of CNN's Jim Acosta refusing to hand over the microphone during President Trump's ...

Karate kid Gabby Viola kicks back at bowel disease  Tribune-Review

Her blonde ponytails and bare feet flying, the purple belt she's earned in karate cinched at her waist (the same belt dad Bill Viola Jr. earned many years ago), ...

Pennsylvania Karate Championships at Valley to draw elite competition again  Tribune-Review

With the WPIAL football postseason in full swing, PIAA girls and boys soccer postseason in high gear and just before high school coaches start rolling out ...

Karate instructor beats down kidnapping suspect  WKRG News 5

Charlotte, NC Police say a would-be kidnapper was hospitalized after chasing a woman into a karate studio in North Carolina. The head instructor at the studio ...

WKRG News 5
Longtime karate grandmaster dies after cancer battle | Local News  Victoria Advocate

A shiny, 10-foot-tall trophy stood at the corner at Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday afternoon, where sensei grandmaster Ralph Jaschke's 120th and final ...

Victoria Advocate
Knockout-karate fights are coming to the top of the Freedom Tower  New York Post

On Thursday, Karate Combat, the first professional full-contact karate league, is bringing martial art battles to new heights: the observatory deck of One World ...

New York Post
Local Karate Dojo Performed Well At AOK State Championship  San Angelo LIVE!

SAN ANGELO,TX-- The Karate Institute of San Angelo competed in the Amateur Organization of Karate (A.O.K.) in Galveston the weekend of Dec. 16, 2018.

San Angelo LIVE!
Fitness to play music from debut album 'Karate' at KAABOO -  KUSI

Kenny Carkeet and Max Collins of the musical group Fitness joined Good Morning San Diego to perform “Matter of Time” from their debut album “Karate.”.

Thomas Müller Sent Off For Karate-Kicking Opponent Upside The Head Like A True Maniac  Deadspin

Bayern Munich will advance into the Champions League knockout rounds atop their group after a wild draw with Ajax today that saw two red cards within eight ...

WTOC’s Hometown Heroes: Pooler Karate  WTOC

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - Martial Arts can be an activity for all ages and for people of all abilities. Wednesday's WTOC Hometown Heroes who teach karate - and ...

Karate School Delivers $15K In Christmas Cheer To Brick Family  Brick, NJ Patch

Karate School Delivers Christmas Cheer To Family - Brick, NJ - Paul Prendergast Karate raised funds for a local business owner who has battled health issues ...

Brick, NJ Patch
The 40th International Shotokan Karate Federation Tournament  KDLT News

SIOUX FALLS, SD- The 40th International Shotokan Karate Tournament invites all levels and ages of karate to compete. People travel from across the United ...

Local karate champion brings home two gold medals from international competition on Coast Live  WTKR News 3

Glen Spence from Applied Martial Arts Academy in Virginia Beach just returned from Europe where he became the Global Stick and Blade Alliance World ...

WTKR News 3
Local 8-year-old takes home gold at the National Karate Championship -  KUSI

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This past weekend, July 13-15, over 1,600 athletes competed at the 2018 USA Karate National Championships at the Reno-Sparks ...

Car smashes into karate studio in Ocala  Ocala

Business co-owner Deanna Bonnell said classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays and she was grateful no was inside at the time.

Karate, other classes set for YMCA | News  The Montgomery Herald

MONTGOMERY — The man most associated with martial arts in the Montgomery area will soon be bringing his expertise to the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA.

The Montgomery Herald
East Rockaway resident qualifies for Brazil karate tournament  liherald.com

Rather than spend his summer soaking up the sun, Frank Passanisi, 12, spends hours each week training indoors at Lynbrook Ultimate Martial Arts, where he ...

Unforgettable day as first Olympic karate medals awarded - Olympic News  Olympics

17 October 2018 is a date that will go down in karate history, as the discipline made its Olympic debut, with three gold medals awarded in all on the penultimate ...


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Karate (空手) (; Japanese pronunciation: [kaɾate] (listen); Okinawan pronunciation: [kaɽati]) is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts (called te (手), "hand"; tii in Okinawan) under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. Karate is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital-point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka (空手家).The Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed by Japan in 1879. Karate was brought to Japanese archipelago in the early 20th century during a time of migration as Ryukyuans, especially from Okinawa, looked for work in Japan. It was systematically taught in Japan after the Taishō era. 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 mainland Japan and by 1932, major Japanese universities had karate clubs. In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from 唐手 ("Chinese hand" or "Tang hand") to 空手 ("empty hand") – both of which are pronounced karate in Japanese – to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style. After World War II, Okinawa became an important United States military site and karate became popular among servicemen stationed there.The martial arts movies of the 1960s and 1970s served to greatly increase the popularity of martial arts around the world, and in English the word karate began to be used in a generic way to refer to all striking-based Oriental martial arts. Karate schools began appearing across the world, catering to those with casual interest as well as those seeking a deeper study of the art.Shigeru Egami, Chief Instructor of Shotokan Dojo, opined that "the majority of followers of karate in overseas countries pursue karate only for its fighting techniques ... Movies and television ... depict karate as a mysterious way of fighting capable of causing death or injury with a single blow ... the mass media present a pseudo art far from the real thing." Shōshin Nagamine said, "Karate may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one's own creative efforts."On 28 September 2015, karate was featured on a shortlist along with baseball, softball, skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics. On 1 June 2016, the International Olympic Committee's executive board announced they were supporting the inclusion of all five sports (counting baseball and softball as only one sport) for inclusion in the 2020 Games.Web Japan (sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) claims there are 50 million karate practitioners worldwide, while the World Karate Federation claims there are 100 million practitioners around the world.