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The 1st European Fullcontact Karate Championship

Dear Presidents, Country Representatives, WKO Branch Chiefs, National Coaches, Dear Shihan, Sensei, Senpai, Dojo Leaders and Karateka’s!
On behalf of The EFKO European Fullcontact Karate Organization, We are very honoured to invite you to the 1st European Fullcontact Karate Championship. The selection Championship for the 1st World Fullcontact Karate Championship (WFKO) in Japan – Osaka, May 2020

The 1st European Fullcontact Karate Championship will take place on Saturday, January 18th  and Sunday 19th in the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

The tournament is open to all Fullcontact Karate organisations.

EFKO Board, Organising committee

We are very proud to welcome the presence of the President of WFKO Shihan Midori Kenji, the WFKO secretary Shihan Yasukazu Koi and two times WKO World Champion Sensei Tsukamoto Norichika. Furthermore from Europe we welcome the full EKO board with European president Koen Scharrenberg and Vice president Romas Vitkauskas.

We are very sure that the family feeling of all karateka combined with the “Never Give Up Spirit” , will deliver a successful event, giving Fullcontact Karate the attention it deserves! We are very honoured to enjoy the finest competitors of Europe and the world together with you! Friendships will be strengthened and unified through our Fullcontact karate.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is a city in Belgium, and is the capital of Antwerp province in Flanders. With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city in Belgium, and with a metropolitan area housing around 1,200,000 people, it’s the second largest metropolitan region after Brussels in Belgium.

Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the river’s Westerschelde estuary. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and about 15 kilometres south of the Dutch border. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally. The city is also known for its diamond industry and trade.

Both economically and culturally, Antwerp is and has long been an important city in the Low Countries, especially before and during the Spanish Fury (1576) and throughout and after the subsequent Dutch Revolt. Antwerp was also the place of the world’s oldest stock exchange building, originally built in 1531 and re-built in 1872.

Sporthal Arena

Sporthal Arena is an indoor arena in Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium. Built in 1966, it has a capacity for 2,100 people, 1,196 of which are seating capacity. An 800,000 Euro renovation works took place between April 2008-February 2009. The basketball club Antwerp Diamond Giants used the arena before moving to Lotto Arena, and the club junior squad as well as practice sessions of the senior squad still take place at the arena.

The arena hosted the 1971 FIBA European Champions cup final in which CSKA Moscow defeated Ignis Varese and the 1975 final of the same competition in which Ignis Varese defeated Real Madrid.

The last few years, the international Diamond Cup tournament for (Shin)Kyokushin has been organised at the Arenahal

Deadline: December 18th, 2019
After this date no more applications or cancellations will be accepted. Registrations can only be accepted when all required documents and payments have been received and processed on time.
Short schedule of the event
Friday: January 17, 2020
10:00 – 18:00
Weight and medical control
11:00 – 18:00
Referee course
Saturday: January 18, 2020
Opening tournament
Preliminary rounds
Sunday: January 19, 2020
Quarter finals
To view the full schedule of events, please click on the link below.
Our contacts
The head referee - Shihan Mickael Soderkvist
Championship venue
Arenaplein 1, 2100 Antwerp, Belgium
Ramada Plaza Hotel Antwerp
Desguinlei 94, 2018 Antwerp, Belgique