Guardian Girls Karate Demonstration Unveiled in Spain

During the final bouts of the European Karate Federation Senior Championships on Saturday afternoon and broadcast live on a number of TV networks around the world and the WKF YouTube Channel, the Guardian Girls Karate Demonstration was featured with Karate self-defense techniques and their application before live international audience who have participated from around the world.

The demonstration was conducted by Guardian Girls-certified WKF Instructor Teresa García Pérez and assistant Sonia Buitrón, with the cooperation of Agustin García, Héctor San Miguel, and Jesús Rodríguez.

Through a display of some of the most frequent situations of violence against women, the efficiency of Karate was showcased as the participants demonstrated simple but effective solutions to confront these acts of violence.

The Guardian Girls Karate Demonstration is part of the Guardian Girls Global Karate Project, launched by the World Karate Federation (WKF), Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

WKF President Antonio Espinós said:

“The Guardian Girls Global Karate project is one of our most ambitious initiatives, and we are very pleased to note the tremendously positive feedback that we are receiving from all levels of society. We truly believe that Karate can make a real contribution to the betterment of society. This week in Madrid and Guadalajara, we were able to confirm, once again, that Karate has a positive impact on the fight against Gender-Based Violence, and that women all over the world can benefit in many ways from the practice of Karate.

“I want to thank our partners in this project, UNFPA and KIF, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, through its Embassy in Spain, and the Spanish Karate Federation for their cooperation to make this initiative a success.”

After the events in Cairo (Egypt) and Guadalajara (Spain), the “Guardian Girls Global Karate Project” will continue being introduced at Karate’s major events in 2023: the Karate 1-Premier League events in Rabat (Morocco) from May 12 to 14, Fukuoka (Japan) from June 9 to 11, and Dublin (Ireland) from September 8 to 10. The last event of the year will take place in Budapest (Hungary) from 27 to 28 October during the Senior World Championships.

The project was initiated in October 2022 in Los Angeles (United States) where the Memorandum of Understanding of the programme was signed at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles by the three creators, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), and the World Karate Federation (WKF).