Photo/Text: Jesper F. Andersen


Ystad, Sweden – September 30, 2023


The Ystad International JKA Cup 2023 played host to a remarkable gathering of karate enthusiasts, with a strong contingent from Shobu Ippon Danmark clubs making their mark at this prestigious event. The tournament saw participation from numerous JKA (Japan Karate Association) clubs across Sweden, creating an atmosphere brimming with competition and camaraderie.

Leading the charge from Denmark were Hørsholm Karate Klub and Taifu, collectively bringing nearly 50 competitors, coaches, and parents to the competition. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as Danish clubs secured an impressive total of 11 medals.

One of the notable aspects of this event was the collaboration between Shobu Ippon Danmark and JKA Sweden, as they demonstrated their commitment to supporting each other’s tournaments and fostering the growth of Shobu Ippon Karate. This partnership also extends to the joint organization of the Nordic Open in Shobu Ippon, showcasing the shared dedication of both countries to promote traditional karate among the Nordic contries.

The tournament featured a wide range of age groups and was spread across four separate areas, with matches taking place from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The high level of competition was evident in the exceptional kata performances, highlighting the dedication and skill of the participants.

The event’s success is attributed not only to the participants but also to the diligent organizers who ensured its smooth execution. As the tournament concluded, many competitors look ahead to the upcoming Nordic Open in Oslo and the highly anticipated 6th Shobu Ippon Tournament scheduled for February 24, 2024, at Hørsholmhallen.

6th Shobu Ippon Tournamt 2024

The Ystad International JKA Cup 2023 was a testament to the vibrant karate community’s dedication to their sport and their commitment to forging international connections that strengthen their shared passion.


Results Denmark


Jonas Cohn Frederiksen gold kata

Ines Toran gold kumite

Matas Buivydas silver kata

Emil Tessum bronze kata

Jens Mouritsen bronze kata

Eva Sadauskaite bronze kata

Jonas Gaarn bronze kata

Claus Sejr Nielsen bronze kumite

Rune Zimsen bronze kumite

Frederic Amour bronze kumite

Rune Zimsen bronze kumite/Open

Big congratulations to everyone