All you need to know about Karate-1 Premier League Matosinhos

The second Karate 1-Premier League event of the season takes place in Matosinhos (Portugal) from April 22 to 24.


  • The Karate 1-Premier League Matosinhos continues the season of Karate’s first-class series of international tournaments in 2022 after the opening event in Fujairah (UAE)


  • The tournament takes place in Matosinhos, in the north of Portugal. The event is held at the Matosinhos Sport and Congress Center.
  • It is the second time that a Karate 1-Premier League event travels to Portugal after the successful Karate 1-Premier League in Lisbon last year.


  • The event is scheduled from April 22 to 24.
  • The eliminations will be held on Friday and Saturday (from 09.00 to 20.30 local times GMT+0).
  • The bronze medal bouts are scheduled on Sunday, from 10.00 to 14.00. The finals will be held on Sunday from 15.30 to 18.30
  • CLICK HERE to go to the full competition programme.


  • Over 300 athletes from 58 countries are registered to participate in the event.
  • The participation in Karate 1-Premier League is limited to a maximum of 32 athletes per category.
  • Italy is the country with a greater representation in Matosinhos with 30 athletes, followed by Spain with 28, and Turkey and Ukraine with 18 athletes each.
  • Despite the conflict in their country, 18 Ukrainian athletes have managed to travel to Matosinhos to compete, including Olympians Stanislav Horuna, Anzhelika Terliuga, and Anita Serogina.


  • The competition follows a Round Robin format in the eliminations. The quarterfinals, semi-finals, and medal bouts follow a knockout system.
  • The Round Robin system has been introduced this year in Karate 1-Premier League events.
  • The introduction of Round Robin gives athletes more opportunities to compete at the highest level. With the previous system, 50% of competitors went home after the first bout. Now athletes need to fight a minimum number of bouts to move to the final stages.


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