The “2nd European Fullcontact Karate Cup 

Selection Championship for “1st World Fullcontact Karate Championship” In Japan – Tokyo, May 2025

The “2nd European Fullcontact Karate Cup will take place on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday 24th in the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

The tournament will take place in the Arenahal, Arenplein 1, 2100 Antwerp/Deurne. The Antwerp Diamondcup, well known in Europe, is also held in this venue.


Open and fair championship: This championship is open for all Fullcontact karate organizations and styles. We work under the guidance of the “World Fullcontact Karate Organization” (WFKO) and the “European Fullcontact Karate Organization” (EFKO). The championship will be equal and fair for all fighters. This tournament wants to connect people, organizations, styles and countries. The only way to make it a big success is to work together as one team for the benefits of Fullcontact Karate.


European Countries: The following countries are part of  the European region and people from these countries are able to participate in this selection tournament: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Check Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Moldavia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Servia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City.  Cyprus, Macedonia, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey.  All other countries can join the selection tournament in their own respective regions.


Honoured guests: We are very proud to welcome the presence of the President of WFKO, Shihan Midori Kenji, the WFKO secretary Shihan Yasukazu Koi and three times WKO World Champion Shihan Tsukamoto Norichika. Also from Europe, we welcome the president from KWF Shihan Antonio Pinero, the president from IFK David Pickthall, the president of WKO Remigiusz Karpinski, the president of Ashihara Nicu Dascalu, Shihan Semmy Schilt, Sensei Jonathan Tineo and more.


This document will provide more information on the 2nd EFKO Championship. As we’re nearing to the event itself, more information will be provided to you by e-mail and through our website Registration for participants and officials will open officially on March 23rd, 2024. Please visit the Kumite technology site to register for participants, referees, coaches and officials. Payments have to be done on the EFKO website:

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


Who can participate

Every fighter of 18 years and up, who is part of a dojo, group and/or organisation in a European country can participate. In the future we plan to organise a selection tournament in each European country, to make a united national team to participate in the EFKO selection tournament. 

The EFKO selection tournament is a high-level tournament. So only fighters with extensive fighting experience and who have experience at fighting on an international level are allowed to participate, we’re asking you to make select your best fighters and we require a minimum grade of 4th kyu for participants.  

Participants who will reach the first or second place in their category, automatically qualify for the WFKO world championship in Japan. Participants who reach the 3rd place will be a back-up fighter and will be qualified for the WFKO world championship in case of an injury with any of the other already qualified participants or when an additional spot is being made available to European Fighters.



All fights will be under the WFKO rules, tournament rules are available on the website and in the attachments to this letter.

Registration for fighters and officials

Registration for participants, referees, officials officially opens on March 15th 2024 and can be done by yourself on the Kumite Technology platform.

Deadline for national teams, officials, referees and others is October 5th, 2024. 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.

All participants are requested to present the following documents which are included in the attachments to this letter.

  • A written medical certificate (English or Dutch), not older than 3 months.
  • A written certificate of non-pregnancy for all female participants.
  • A signed Participant state of health.


Tournament categories

Weight classes men: - 60, -70, -80, -90 and +90kg

Weight classes woman: -50, -54, -59, 65 and +65kg



Protection men: Groin protection and Mouth protection (optional)

Protection women: Breast protection (only the cup type is allowed),  Shin protection and Mouth protection (optional)


EFKO board,

Shihan Koen Spitaels (Tournament chairman)

Organizing committee


Inventation EFKO selection championship