It’s possibly the best-known martial art around the world thanks to the popularity of karate movies in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet, surprisingly, there’s never been a professional karate league. That is, until now.
Karate Has Roots In China
Karate traces its origins to the Ryukyu Kingdom of China. However, Japan annexed that kingdom back in 1879. Probably for this reason, many people consider karate to be a Japanese martial art.
Karate was the first popular martial art of the 20th century in Japan, where it was taught in universities throughout the country.
Popularity And Timing Led To Movies
When Japan was defeated in World War II, the U.S. established military bases in the country. At a base in Okinawa, U.S. servicemen were inspired when they saw practioners of this martial discipline.
They took karate back home with them to the States. From the 1960s onward, karate was featured in many martial arts films, both in the U.S. and in East Asia.
Now It’s Finally Going Professional
On April 4, 2018, Karate Combat announced plans to introduce a professional karate league. The organization aims to revitalize the sport as well develop its future potential. This will be a full-contact league in a similar vein as other popular mixed martial arts (MMA) and ultimate fighting championship (UFC) leagues.
World Karate Federation
The league’s supporters believe this kind of fighting is likely to thrill audiences and to make them feel like fighters are truly invested in the outcome of each match. The first event will be Karate Concept: Inception and will air live from Miami on April 26. There will also be a USA vs. Iran national match in Dubai during May. The rest of the year, the tour will go global under the Karate Combat: Genesis banner.
You can watch the league on TV or via Karate Combat apps available for both iOS and Android. We can’t wait.