FISU Karate Technical Regulations (pdf)


The Karate competitions shall be organised in accordance with the most recent technical rules of the World Karate Federation (WKF) unless otherwise stated. In case of disagreement in the interpretation of these rules, the English text shall be regarded as authoritative.

The programme and duration of competitions are fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. The competitions shall last four (4) days and include:

20.1.1 KUMITE

I. Individual events

Bouts duration: generally three (3) minutes and four (4) minutes for finals
-60kg, -67 kg, -75 kg, -84 kg, +84 kg

Bouts duration: generally two (2) minutes and three (3) minutes for finals
-50kg, -55kg, -61kg, -68kg, +68kg

II. Team events

20.1.2 KATA

Men and woman
- Individual events
- Team events

Each country is authorised to enter a maximum of twenty-nine (29) competitors (sixteen (16) men and thirteen (13) women) and five (5) officials. Each country may enter in:


Individual events:
A maximum of one (1) competitor in each category

Team events:
Three (3) competitors


Men: a team is composed of a maximum of seven (7) and a minimum of five (5) competitors Women: a team is composed of a maximum of four (4) and a minimum of three (3) competitors.

The team events shall take place after the individual events.

Each athlete and official must be able to provide evidence of WKF membership.

At the first General Technical Meeting, the Head of Delegation or his/her representative shall confirm and sign the official list of competitors accredited by the CIC.


Three (3) months before the Championship, the Organising Committee has the right to collect 25% of the total cost of stay per athlete and official from participating countries.

The OC shall conduct the draw directly after the official registration in the presence of the FISU Technical Delegate (or his/her representative). Each completed master sheet shall be signed by the Technical Delegate.

The draw shall be carried out using the WKF-approved computerised random process, with the exception that the corresponding finalists of the previous Championships are separated as widely as possible.

Entries for the draw shall come from the FISU online registration system.

After the draw is completed and signed by the FISU Technical Delegate, copies for each participating country shall be made available.


20.3.1 Nomination and cost:

Referees shall be appointed jointly by WKF and the FISU Technical Delegate. The participating delegations shall bear their costs of travel, board and lodging in proportion to the number of athletes registered (from two (2) days before the opening ceremony to one (1) day after the closing ceremony).

Other costs are referenced in the FISU – WKF partnership agreement. The Organising Committee shall announce the exact sum shortly after the closing date for nominative entries (one (1) month before the beginning of the World University Championship).

20.3.2 Number of technical officials needed:

A minimum of 24 ITOs shall be appointed.

FISU WUC General Regulations (pdf)