Sixty competitors from around the world will compete in the Kumite competition and twenty will compete in the Kata competition. Both divisions of the competition will be split 50/50 between men and women.
In Kumite or combat, the winner of the three-minute fights is the athlete (karateka) who obtains a clear lead of eight points, or the karetaka who has the highest number of points at time-up. If the fight is a draw, then the winner is determined by the first unopposed point advantage (Senshu) or in the case of a scoreless result, by a majority decision of the judges (Hantei). Points are scored according to correctly-executed techniques of controlled punches, strikes and kicks.
In Kata, karetaka execute a set of pre-approved choreographed movements, with the winner being declared by a pool of judges using an electronic voting system. Karateka are evaluated according to technical and athletic performances.