Karate on the Internet

Martial Arts are on the Web in abundance, a high percentage of sites are labours of love from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan wannabes who are keen to share video clips of themselves pulling off high kicks and nifty capoeira moves or offer their thoughts about the touch of death and secret ninja societies.

At the other end of the spectrum, coverage of competitions is catered for, generally on a sport-by-sport basis. The World Karate Federation is the obvious site, in theory, to go to check out that sport. In practice, its server last week was on a go-slow, taking so long to load the front page, that only the highly motivated would have waited. It covers the world championships with a calendar going up to 2005, although the default setting is, unhelpfully, 1999.

Even more unhelpfully, its Javascript rollovers do not work properly with the latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows - the labels that pop-up to explain the purpose of navigation buttons come complete with lines of text that fail to scroll, but overwrite each other in an illegible black mess instead. If you have the patience, or its servers get better soon, the newsletter and news pages should help keep you abreast of developments in the sport and its attempts to gain recognition as an Olympic event.

The English Karate Governing Body site is the place to go for a calendar of domestic events and international fixtures with domestic interest. It doesn't run event results, being largely dedicated to the governing body rather than the day-to-day aspects of competition but, if you want to check out the pages of different karate styles, its links pages are comprehensive, pointing to appropriate English and world pages. It's quick to use, even the good-looking Shockwave version works fine, the standard Web version flies.

If you have a wider interest in martial arts as a whole, the number of sites catering to your interest plummet. This Saturday, for instance, sees the 15th Bercy Martial Arts Festival in Paris. It's a high-profile event, but not on the Web - unless you visit the Website of Karate Bushido.

Although it is the Website of a monthly print magazine, Karate Bushido acts as more than a glorified ad for subscriptions. It has articles about martial arts in general and specific techniques which are translated from the French by Alta Vista's automatic translator - there are fewer howlers than you might expect.

It has a links section to French and English sites, while its news and results pages are informative and include links to new sites and tournament details. There's a detailed outline of the programme for the Bercy Martial Arts festival where it describes the demonstrations of martial arts from different periods in history and different countries. Kung fu, Taekwondo, Samurai techniques, Ju-Jitsu, Shaui Jiao and pure karate are all on the bill. You can print out and fax an order-form for tickets - or you can just watch it live in the evening on Eurosport.

Site Addresses

World Karate Federation www.wkf.net/

English Karate Governing Body www.ekgb.org.uk/

Karate Bushido www.karatebushido.com/indexen.html

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Product Manager / Product Marketing Manager / Product Owner

COMPETITIVE: Guru Careers: A Product Manager / Product Owner is required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Marketing Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a fast growing ...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: As an Associate Recruitment C...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - PHP

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This exciting startup disruptin...

Day In a Page

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'
Singapore's domestic workers routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals

Singapore's hidden secret of domestic worker abuse

David Cameron was shown the country's shiniest veneer on his tour. What he didn't see was the army of foreign women who are routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals
Showdown by Shirley Jackson: A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic

Showdown, by Shirley Jackson

A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic
10 best DSLRs

Be sharp! 10 best DSLRs

Up your photography game with a versatile, powerful machine
Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash