An imaginary rival, three minutes, seven judges and a ruling: This is the kata, the modality of Karate in which Spain swepts

"It's not fair that the Olympic story of Karate ends here," protest Sandra Sánchez, with gold around the neck. "We have shown the world that we have abili

An imaginary rival, three minutes, seven judges and a ruling: This is the kata, the modality of Karate in which Spain swepts

"It's not fair that the Olympic story of Karate ends here," protest Sandra Sánchez, with gold around the neck. "We have shown the world that we have ability to spare, give us another opportunity," Jesus asks of the Moral, the coach of her. Because at the Nippon Budokan is born and killed the Kárate, so fleeting and so precious for Spain. Yesterday the medal of the talavera, this Friday with many possibilities that of Damián Quintero, also favorite, also with a Japanese as a great rival.

It is the great crusade of the Spanish karatecas, their great sleeplessness, by which they trembled doubly when the pandemic put into doubt the celebration of Tokyo 2020. Because although he was born on the island of Okinawa in the 14th century, "Continental Japan has already been. XX and in the 1960s it had already spread all over the world - the Kárate has long has Spanish accent, power with champions from both curriculum as little impact.

Karate, emerged after prohibition of the use of weapons to samurai-the natives of the island created it to defend itself - is a martial art that is based on blockages, punching, kicking and launches that are carried out with hands and the feet. It has two Olympic modalities, the Kumite, the fighting -worthy Spain did not bring any representative to Tokyo-, three minutes for men and two for women. And the kata, "an imaginary combat", also three minutes, a series of offensive and defensive movements directed at a virtual opponent.

Seven judges value the perfection of the Kata-The two worst are discarded and the two best notes - with 70% is for the technical part and 30% physics. Participants must choose between the 102 options recognized by the World Federation and execute them in such a way as to value strength, speed, balance and power of punches and kicks, as well as the execution of movements and the beauty of the art . That, the subjective plane, can decant the balance. "Put heart in the tatami. That you do not be a robot, which looks like the explosive part, but also the technique and feeling," explains Quintero, which highlights the ability of abstraction and the level of mental concentration that he should do Gala Karateca: "Here we do not have a margin of error".

But the karate, one of the martial arts with more practically from all over the world - there is 198 national federations on the five continents and more than 100 million practically in the world - will not be in Paris 2024, excluded by baseball and softball (As a relief, the Breakdance appears). "We still have not had the opportunity to show our value as an Olympic sport and we are not proposed for Paris 2024. Why not wait for the debut?", Quintero himself complained when the decision of the Organizing Committee was known in February 2019 .

"We have adapted our competition system in the two modalities of Kata and Kumite. We have adapted our arbitration system to be more equal and just as seen by these gentlemen. We have changed our classification system. We have demanded more from our athletes, to Our technicians, to our referees, to our hobby ... what more is needed? "He played bitterly in a statement Antonio Moreno, president of the Spanish Federation.

And they know the colossal difference between being an Olympic sport or not. Scholarships, recognition, exposure ... There were Spanish global champions in anonymity. "José Manuel Aegea, Iván Leal, Óscar Vázquez ... have been the ones who have opened the way. Because for the 90s it was already talked about that the karate was going to be Olympic and look at what has cost. The medal will be for all They ", challenged Quintero.

Updated Date: 05 August 2021, 13:18

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