Since the new WKF 2023 rules changes are published for the public, below are 60 summary slides as presented by the World Karate Federation in November 2022.
3 key points;
ONE. The 2023 rule changes are probably the biggest in number since its large 1999 updates.
TWO. Different 2023 rules changes affect 3 separate competition levels;
a) WKF world level events only (i.e. red, blue & gold branded uniforms, electronic scoring)
b) WKF & national and/or continental levels (i.e. new video review)
c) All levels: local, provincial, national, continental and various WKF world levels (i.e. return to almost the original kata scoring system, new approach to kumite penalties & warnings)
THREE. Sometimes the reason for a rule change is obvious, but sometimes the reason for a change is not clear and an explanation is actually needed.
My suggestions for the WKF;