One of the oldest martial arts in the world, karate, or 空手 in Japanese, means “empty hand.” Developed under the influence of Chinese martial arts, the physical practice teaches the development of defensive and counter attacking body movements, where the moral and mental aspect of the discipline seeks to improve the individual practitioner.

The object of karate is to defeat your opponent by scoring points through punches, kicks and throws. Predominantly a striking art, various locks, restraints and strikes are also taught in modern styles of the practice. A winner is declared through the most points, or the first to gain an eight point lead.

Karate is a popular sport throughout the world, and the same rings true in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. where several karate studios and dōjōs offer the sport for all ages and levels, including amateur to professional athletes.

Our team at the 2024 Pan-American Masters Games is honored to offer karate as a part of our sports program during Summer 2024.

Age Categories

Kata & Kumite
  • Men’s: +35, +40, +45, +50, +55, +60, +65 (Kata)
  • Women’s: +35, +40, +45, +50, +55, +60, +65 (Kata)
Kobudo Kata
  • Men’s: +35, +45, +55, +65
  • Women’s: +35, +45, +55, +65


  • Kata
  • Kumite


  • Kata
  • Kobudo Kata
  • Kumite

Weight Categories

  • Men (kg): -60, -67, -75, -84, +84
  • Women (kg): -50, -55, -61, -68, +68

Looking for a team or partner? Check out the Official 2024 PAMG Team/Partner Finder Facebook page.


Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Tatami, or karate mats, will take over the Grand Ballroom at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland during Summer 2024. This will provide plenty of space for practitioners to strike their opponent on their way to victory.

Cleveland’s convention center is located a close walk to many downtown shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. It’s also close to Lake Erie and some of our favorite outdoor parks and grassy areas.


Karate Event Details

Event Location: 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44113

Event Dates: 07/20 – 07/21

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