100 Kata Challenge events

This international martial arts event led from Okinawa, the home of kobudo and karate, consists of performing 100 kata in sequence.

The 100 Kata Challenges are a celebration of our passion for martial arts and our connection with Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. Every year more and more people around the world take up the challenge and join our worldwide community of karate and kobudo fans.

The rules of the event are simple. Participants are free to choose a preferred kata, and progress at their own pace. Participation is open to all ages and levels. Even if you are not sure you can complete 100 repetitions we warmly encourage you to take on the next challenge event and do your best. The only way you can fail is by not taking part!

As always we invite everyone to take part from wherever you are – at home, your dojo, an outside location or wherever. 

Next event: October 25th, 2020 – 100 Kata for Karate Day Challenge

This event is FREE to enter and we ask that participating dojo and groups around the world open participation to everyone at their locations.

2020 100 Kata for Karate Day Challenge registration form

Name of Dojo Representative (required)

Your Dojo (optional)

Names of Participants (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Location (required)

The list of registered participants and dojo is updated regularly. The link will be posted here.

Follow the event on Facebook here –


This year we will also add a Facebook Live stream from Okinawa (if we are allowed to congregate here to do it), and a Zoom session (or maybe several sessions during the day of the 25th to accommodate time zones and regions around the world).

Check out our video report from the 2018 event here in Okinawa – a great day was had by all at Naminoue shrine and beach in Okinawa!

The 100 Kata Challenge event is an ideal opportunity for experienced practitioners and those with an interest in taking up traditional karate and kobudo practice to watch and try out kata practice. There is simply no better way to start learning your first kata than doing 100 repetitions of that kata!

Choose a karate kata (preferably a karate form based on an Okinawan style) and complete 100 repetitions. Traditional karate in Okinawa includes Shorin-ryu, Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Ryueiryu and many more and is related to Shotokan, Shito-ryu, Kyokushin among many others.

If you want to try Karate for the first time at this 100 Kata event but don’t know where to go to participate then please email us at info@challengeokinawa.com and we will try to find a participating dojo close to you.

In addition, we will host a friendly online Karate Kata Taikai (tournament) in advance, with the winners being announced live by a panel of distinguished teachers here in Okinawa on Karate Day October 25th. Details of entry, categories, dates for submission will follow soon!!

Free download – get the 2020 Participation Certificate template here soon

Free to download Participation Certificates will be available for this event. We ask that the template is used on a not-for-profit basis, in keeping with the spirit of event. The link will be posted here soon.

100 Kata for Karate Day Teeshirts will be available online

The 100 Karate Kata Challenge teeshirt will be available in our online store!
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Kids sizes and hoodies will also be available in the new 100 Kata design.

Event report: the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge 2019

On Sunday 31st March 2019, 90 dojos located in countries all around the world took part in the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge. In Okinawa the event attracted around 40 participants and supporters and was held for the first time at Sakiyama Park in Shuri, a site full of history of karate and kobudo.

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