Karate 1-Premier League: Preview And Where To Watch Info

The third installment of the Karate 1-Premier League for 2023 will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, from June 9th 2023, until June 11th.

The Karate 1-Premier League is set to be the first major global event to be held in Japan since Karate joined the Olympic roster in Tokyo in 2021.

Over 300 athletes from 47 countries have registered to participate. The host nation of Japan has 49 athletes. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has 25 athletes and Ukraine with 17.

Nine of the 12 Grand Winners will take part in the event. Yorgelis Salazar (Venezuela), Hikaru Ono (Japan), Dionysios Xenos (Greece), and Kakeru Nishiyama (Japan) are among the Grand Winners competing.

The finals will be held on June 11th, 2023. The competition follows a Round Robin format in the eliminations, and the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and medal bouts follow a knockout system.

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The event will be crucial in the quest for the Grand Winners award, and with that, there are many exciting clashes.

Irina Zaretska (Azerbaijan) and Elena Quirici (Switzerland) will fight to become number 1 in the Standings in the Female Kumite -68kg.

In Male Kata, Kakeru Nishiyama (Japan) and Damian Quintero (Spain) will battle it out.

“I hope the Karate 1-Premier League in Fukuoka will be a good opportunity for everyone to learn about the martial art of Karate, and that as many people as possible will be interested (in the sport) and start training Karate,” Miho Miyahara.

“I want to show my best Kumite to my friends and local fans who will come to the venue to support me

“Although Japan is the birthplace of Karate, foreign competitors are very strong, especially in Kumite. By hosting the event in Japan, morale will be raised, and the Japanese style of the sport will be highlighted for the whole world to see,” Tsubasa Kama.

“I want to show the characteristics of the Ryuei-ryu (Okinawan style) and focus on these techniques that I can use to defeat my opponents,” Ryusei Ikeda.

Where To Watch

You can watch the finals live on June 11th, 2023, right here on FIGHTSPORTS in the countries below:


Pan-Asia-Pacific (excluding China)

India + Sub-Continent






Sub-Saharan Africa



Czech Republic

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Ex-Yugoslavia (excluding Croatia)


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