Recently proposed to concur to a place among the sport disciplines in the Tokyo Olympic Games, karate is one of the oldest and most popular combat sports in the world.
This chapter has as main goal to present data concerning performance analysis during karate kumite competitions.
Establishing the main physiological attributes of karate kumite is of high practial relevance for coaches, strength and conditioning specialists as well as sport scientists to better structure karate kumite training.
In order to prescribe a specific karate kumite training program, together with an understanding of the physical demands of the competition, it is of importance to assess the different physical characteristics of well succeed athletes.
Actually, monitoring both training and competition loads have been identified as fundamental performance tracking indicators. For that reason, appropriate monitoring methods play an important role in the development of karate athletes’ skills.
The purpose of the current chapter is to present and summarize data about physical and physiological testing relative to karate kumite practitioners. General and specific testing related to strength, power, aerobic/anaerobic level, and motor ability have been discussed.
National Center of Medicine and Science in Sports (CNMSS), Tunis. Tunisia, Boucha/Azmour/Kélibia/Nabeul 8035 Tunisia
Helmi Chaabene is a former karateka and a specialized researcher in the physiology of karate. He is an accredited fitness trainer coach. He worked as a technical director of the Tunisian karate Federation. He conducted many studies in the area of combat sport and particularly karate published in the most leading scientific review. He has written and edited more than 60 scientific papers.