Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best karatekas from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Karate is a martial art characterized by the use of blocks, punches and kicks, which can receive several names according to the direction of the turn. When blocking or punching, karatekas use strength, agility, breathing, balance, tension and relaxation with a very precise connection or synergy between the body weight and the center of gravity, transferring a large part of these two elements to the point of impact (kime).
At the last Pan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015, 17 countries won 230 medals: Brazil, Venezuela, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Canada, Mexico, and Chile. Among the talents who will represent us at Lima 2019, are: Alexis Carbajal, who won the kumite gold medal at the Santo Domingo 2003 Pan Am Games; Alexandra Grande, proud Lima 2019 Sports Ambassador and gold medalist in the 61 kg category at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games; as well as Alessandra Vindrola, who won the bronze medal in the 55 kg category. Besides promoting the Lima 2019 values of excellence, friendship and respect, our athletes will undoubtedly give their all in order to reach a spot on the podium.
Karate dates back to 17th century Okinawa where its inhabitants, who were forbidden to bear weapons by their Japanese rulers, developed fighting skills that incorporated striking and kicking using only their body. The word karate means “empty hands” in Japanese.
Kata: Kata: Simulated fight against several opponents.
Bunkai: Application of the techniques used in kata.
Kumite: Fight with a real opponent.
Gi or Karate gi: The karate uniform.
Obi: The belt.
Ritsurei: A standing bow.
Sensei: A karate teacher/instructor.