Para-karate is a parallel form of karate for athletes with a disability. Since 2015, Karate Canada has added para-karate at its National Championships which now include 4 kata divisions for Junior and Senior participants:
- Intellectually Impaired
- Wheelchair User
- Blind & Visually Impaired
- Standing Mobility Impaired
The World Karate Federation (WKF) recognizes the first three divisions.
Karate Canada has a Senior Para National Team and a Developmental Para National Team. The Senior Para National Team athletes represent Karate Canada at WKF-sanctioned international competitions. The Developmental Para National Team athletes are invited to training camps and provided developmental opportunities until they are of age to be on the Senior Team or their division is recognized by the WKF.
Para-karate is available throughout Canada at every level. Contact your Provincial Karate Organization or Karate Canada’s Program Manager to find a club/dojo.
- World Karate Federation: Para-karate WKF rules
- Canadian Sport for Life: Resources Athletes With Disabilities
- Coaching Association of Canada: Coaching Athletes With a Disability
- Rick Hansen Foundation: Disability and Inclusion
- Association for Applied Sport Psychology: Tips for Including Athletes With a Disability
- Shape America; Society of Health and Physical Educators: Coaching Athletes with Hidden Disabilities