Wrestling is one of the self defence martial arts and also a game where audiences sit and watch them. Even karate is same , but why karate is not considered as a game and only in martial arts .?

  • Karate is slated to be in the 2020 Olympics. Does that change your question? – mattm Oct 7 '18 at 12:49
  • Taekwondo is also both a Martial Art and an Olympic sport. – Daniel Reis Oct 8 '18 at 10:04
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    Why did I get negative marks for my question . Was my question wrong? – azhagan Oct 9 '18 at 3:19
  • @azhagan - most likely because the question appears to be easily answered, what prior research did you do? – JohnP Oct 9 '18 at 14:12
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    As with ALL of your prior questions, commenters have requested clarification of your questions, and you have provided none. The standard guidance for a downvote is "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful." I have not personally downvoted, but your questions are definitely unclear. – mattm Oct 9 '18 at 14:43

TL; DR: It has to do with the fact that they have separate international governing bodies (See breakdown below).

The Olympics have a tiered classification system, that can be a bit confusing if you look at each different thing as a "sport", like you would for general consideration. These tiers are:

  • Sport - Top tier, and there are limitations on the number of sports that can be in an Olympics. A sport is governed by a single international federation.
  • Discipline - A classification underneath a sport.
  • Event - Competition that leads to awarding of medals.

So, for example, take the sport of Cycling. It is structured as follows:

  • Cycling - Top level sport, governed by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale, or International Cycling Union), which governs all cycling worldwide. The sport of cycling includes 4 disciplines (See next)
  • Disciplines - Track cycling (Men and Women), Mountain Biking (Men/Women), Road cycling (Men/Women), BMX (Men/Women) Individual races in these disciplines are events (See next)
  • Events - Road race, Road Time Trial, 3000m pursuit, etc etc. Each of these events will lead to a medal ceremony.

The key points of the above, is that every aspect of the above is governed by the UCI. There are individual governing bodies within the nations (USA Cycling for the USA in this example), but they all are under the umbrella of the UCI.

If martial arts wanted to be listed as a sport, and encompass wrestling, boxing, karate, tae kwon do, etc., then the governing bodies for these would need to either dissolve and reform or otherwise belong to a single international governing body. This in fact is how snowboarding was included in the Olympics, the Olympic Committee mandated that their international governing body dissolve and become part of the FIS, so that adding snowboarding would not increase the number of sports, just the number of disciplines.


Wrestling is a game because it is a competitive sport.

As to karate, there are two kinds:

One kind of karate is a martial art - and such styles and schools which teach this kind do not focus on the competition - they focus on self-defense (occasionally, they may use sport as a means to that end).

Another kind of karate is purely a sport - a game. Just like wrestling.

And like karate, the same is true with Kung Fu. Some is sport, some is not.

And as has been pointed out, karate enters its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. So, that kind of karate is probably sport. It remains to be seen what that will look like, but if it looks like a lot of flashy stuff, doesn't incorporate weapons, and its sparring looks more like a match than a self-defense exhibition, then it won't be applicable to self-defense, making it a game.

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