Tournament Info & Rules 

Divisions & Events:
In addition to traditional competition, this year we plan to have a separate open kata and weapon division

Individual Kata Competition: Individual kata competition will be judged on the point system.  It is recommended that intermediate and advanced students perform a kata up to their belt level; advanced must perform a black belt kata. Any Japanese or Okinawan katas may be performed. Male and female divisions may be combined (divisions are subject to change).  In the case of a draw, a rematch may be performed.

Individual Kata Competition
Individual kata competition will be judged on the point system with each competitor in the division completing one kata for kyus 10-4 and two katas for 3rd kyu and up.  It is recommended that intermediate and advanced students perform a kata up to their belt level; advanced levels must perform a black belt kata. Any Japanese or Okinawan katas may be performed. Male and female divisions may be combined (divisions are subject to change).  In the case of a draw, a rematch will be performed

Kihon
There will be a Kihon competition for 10 through 7 kyu.  The competition will consist of stepping forward punch to the face, stepping back rising block, stepping forward  punch midsection, stepping back middle block, stepping forward front kick, stepping back downward black.
Please note: All divisions and procedures are subject to change.

Team Kata Competition
Team Kata competition will be judged on the point system with each team performing one kata. In the event of a tie, the teams will be required to perform a second, different kata. There will be only three age groups for team kata competition; ages 11 and under, ages 12-17 and ages 18 and up. Teams may include men, women, or both.

Individual Kumite
Jyu kumite.  ITKA rules similar to Japan Karate Association rules.

Teens and adults, male and female divisions are separate.  Contact to the face and excessive contact to the body is prohibited.

Individual Kumite Rules

Rules will be as follow:
Elimination and semi final rounds:  2 minutes, 8 points.
In case of draw, there will be a Sakidori (sudden death) rematch, or the match will be completed by the judge’s decisions.  There will be a kumite match for third and forth place, three (3) awards will be awarded.

Team Kumite
Competiors will consist of 3 individuals.
Excessive contact is not permitted and is likely to result in disqualification.
Criteria for awarding ippon shobu points in kumite matches is as follow
For a technique to be awarded wazaari (half point), the following criteria must be met:

  • Please note: technique must have proper distance, timing and focus.
  • The technique must be delivered clearly to the appropriate target area: head, neck, chest, abdomen or back.
  • The technique must be delivered in good form.  Proper posture, attitude, reaction and decisiveness is essential.
  • The technique must be executed before or immediately with the sound of the time limit signal.
  • The athlete executing the technique must be within the boundary of the match area at the time the technique is executed.

Criteria for awarding Ippon in kumite matches

  • A technique or combination of techniques having near perfect form and meeting all other criteria above may be awarded Ippon if:
  • Combination of techniques with good form along with focus, timing, power, and spirit.
  • A controlled and clear jodan geri with no contact.
  • Execution of a technique when the opponent moves in proper timing.
  • A contestant takes down an opponent and immediately follows up with an executed technique.  Timing is the key factor, if there is a delay an Ippon will not be awarded.
  • If a combination of techniques are used, such as punching (zuki) and kicking (geri) or a combination of zuki and throwing (nage).
  • When an effective technique is executed against the opponent’s unprotected back (not direct contact) or an undefended target.

Criteria for awarding penalties
The following acts are prohibited and constitute the basis of a foul:
Jogai: escaping out of bounds by the defensive side will result in the following:
1st time:                Jogai keikoku                       – out of bounds – no influence
2nd time:               Jogai chui                              – half point to opponent
3rd time:                Chui                                       – disqualification

  • Open hand techniques to the face or neck using spear hand.
  • Direct contact to the groin area, hip, back, knee joints and the instep.
  • Violations, such as grapping, wrestling, head butting, etc.
  • Showing lack of spirit, wasting time and avoiding combat.
  • Bad sportsmanship, lack of respect towards the opponent, referee or judges.

The following actions will result in Hansoku and may result in Shikaku:

  • Disobeying and disrespecting the referee’s instruction or orders.
  • A competitor being a threat or endangering their opponent due to aggressive behavior.
  • A purposeful malicious attack.
  • Disrespecting of the kumite and tournament rules, showing lack of respect and karateka charater.

The following actions will result in disqualification of the contestant and result in Kiken:

  • A contestant failing to appear during a match when called up.
  • A contestant leaves a match or is told to leave by a team member for inexcusable reasons viewed by the referee.
  • Basis for deduction in kata competitionUnder the following conditions, points will be deducted from the point score:
    1.  Performer makes mistake and smoothly continues                                     0.1-0.3
    2.  Performer makes mistake, hesitates, and smoothly continues                      0.3-0.5
    3.  Performer skips, falls, recovers and continues                                            0.3-0.5
    4.  Performer omits techniques and smoothly continues                                   0.3-0.5
    5.  Performer makes mistake and discontinues – disqualification                       0Rule no. 5 applies only for 6th kyu and up.
    ***Please do not coach your students or team members while they are competing.  This is disrespectful to others and we would like to highly respect you***

Additional Tournament Rules
All events that take place during this competition will be subject to the rules and regulations of the International Traditional Karate Association.
Age and divisions are subject to change.
The characteristics of a good karate-ka are friendship, good manners, respect and discipline.  This should be evident by the conduct throughout the contest.  Bad manners or poor attitude will not be acceptable and in some cases may lead to expulsion from this event.