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The 16th Edition of the WKF Youth Camp: A Resounding Success in Porec, Croatia

Porec 2024 - Croatian Karate Union

The picturesque city of Porec, Croatia, has been buzzing with energy and excitement as over 4,000 young karate enthusiasts from 85 countries converged to participate in the 16th edition of the WKF Youth Camp. This annual event has once again proven to be a monumental success, reinforcing the World Karate Federation’s commitment to nurturing the future of karate.

Intensive Training with World-Class Instructors

The camp featured intensive training sessions led by some of the world’s top karate instructors, ensuring that participants received high-quality guidance and inspiration. This year’s esteemed list of instructors included:

  • Luigi Busa (Italy, Kumite): An Olympic medallist renowned for his exceptional skills and dedication.
  • Anzhelika Terliuga (Ukraine, Kumite): Another Olympic star who brought her expertise and passion to the camp.
  • Damian Quintero (Spain, Kata): A world-class kata specialist who shared his deep knowledge and technique.
  • Ali Sofuoglu (Turkiye, Kata): Known for his precision and artistry in kata, he was a significant influence on the young athletes.
  • Andjelo Kvesic (Croatia, Kumite): The European Champion and local hero, who added a special touch to the camp with his presence and expertise.

The Highlight of the Week: The 2024 Karate 1-Youth League

As the WKF Youth Camp concluded, the focus shifted to the 2024 Karate 1-Youth League, which began immediately in Porec. This event saw young karatekas from around the world compete at the highest level, showcasing their skills and determination.

Medal Table Highlights

The competition was fierce, and several countries emerged as top performers in the medal tally. Here are some highlights:

  1. Ukraine: Dominating the competition with a total of 29 medals (9 Gold, 7 Silver, 13 Bronze), Ukraine showcased their depth of talent and preparation.
  2. Italy: Securing 18 medals (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 13 Bronze), Italy’s strong performance was a testament to their robust karate program.
  3. Egypt: With 14 medals (7 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze), Egypt proved to be a formidable competitor.
  4. Spain: Winning 10 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze), Spain continued their tradition of excellence in karate.
  5. France: France’s athletes earned 9 medals (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze), reflecting their competitive spirit and skill.
  6. Montenegro: Achieving 9 medals (3 Gold, 0 Silver, 6 Bronze), Montenegro made a significant impact.
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina: With 8 medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze), they demonstrated their growing prowess in karate.
  8. Turkiye: Also earning 8 medals (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 5 Bronze), Turkiye’s athletes performed admirably.
  9. Germany: Germany’s karatekas won 8 medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze), showcasing their consistency and talent.
  10. Kazakhstan: Securing 6 medals (0 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze), Kazakhstan’s young athletes showed great potential.


The 16th edition of the WKF Youth Camp and the ensuing 2024 Karate 1-Youth League in Porec have been a testament to the dedication, skill, and passion of young karate practitioners worldwide. These events not only highlight the incredible talent present but also the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship that defines karate. As the WKF continues to foster the growth of karate through such initiatives, the future of this martial art looks brighter than ever.

Photos by Croatian Karate Union

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