Combat Sports Events
Throw Down the Action


Cuba’s Maylin Del Toro, top, competed against the United States’ Hannah Martin during a judo match at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Judo became an Olympic sport for men in1964 and for women in 1988.
Photo courtesy of Julio Cortez/AP Images

By Zoie Clift

Taekwondo, judo and karate feature dozens of marquee events that can be held in a range of venues, offering attendees an exciting look at sports with long traditions.

Combat sports encompass a broad range of fighting styles, including those of taekwondo,​ judo and karate. Though all three fall under the martial arts category, each has a distinct form that separates itself from the pack. Taekwondo is known for its powerful kicks, judo for its focus on self-defense and throws, and karate for its footwork and punching. And each is responsible for a schedule of big events that have found homes in a wide range of venues.

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