The inclusion of karate in the 2020 Games for the first time will highlight both the similarities and differences of karate and taekwondo.
However, the karate competition will rather excitingly consist of both kumite and kata, of both fighting and patterns. Maintaining the integrity of the martial art in this way – in a way that taekwondo has failed to do – is a bold step. There are a lot of taekwondo clubs now referring to taekwondo as a “sport” rather than a “martial art”, solely because of its inclusion in the Olympics. Will karate be able to resist?