The world's first Karate-Do Championship Tournament was held in Tokyo's Budokan Hall on Saturday (October 10).
The world's first Karate-Do Championship Tournament was held in Tokyo's Budokan Hall on Saturday (October 10). Representing 33 countries were 320 champions of the sport which originated in Okinawa about 300 years ago. The Team Match Tournament was won by Japan's "C" team after a day which saw some of the world's finest karate exponents in action.
The origin of Karate derives from the time when the people of Okinawa were banned from possessing weapons. They developed the deadly art of self-defence using only their hands and feet.
Now it is has developed as an international sport. There were 37 teams in competition from countries as widespread as the Argentine, Austria, Australia, France, England, the United States, South Africa, Thailand, Yugoslavia, italy and Syria.
After several hours of keen combat in the hard-fought rounds of the competition, the final was between two Japanese teams. The eventual winner was Japan's "C" team led by Mr. Ihiida, who was acclaimed as the first champion of the World Karate-Do Championship Tournament.