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KATA COMPETITION RULES

Official Uniform:
  • Competitors, referees, and judges must wear the traditional white karate gi. The gi should have the country flag patch on the left breast of the jacket. The gi must be in good repair. The pants must reach the ankle and the sleeves must be no shorter than 1" before the wrist.
Organization Of Competition:
  • The individual kata match consists of individual performance in separate male and female divisions.
  • There will be a separate competition for each kata in each division.
  • The competitor must hold a dan ranking (adult competition).
  • The competitor must be an adult 18 years or older as of the day of the tournament.
  • There must be a minimum of ten participants per kata event. In the event of too few participants, the competitor will be placed in another kata event.
  • The number of rounds will be based on the number of contestants in each kata competition.
Referee Panel:
  • The panel of three to five judges for each first round match will be designated by the Director of the Association.
  • The final match will consist of five to seven judges, designated by the Director of the Association.
  • In addition, for the purpose of facilitating the operation of kata competition, callers, announcers, and tournament log keepers will be appointed.
Criteria For Decision:
  • In assessing the performance of a competitor, the following criteria must be adopted:
  • Kata must be performed with competence and must demonstrate a clear understanding to the principles it contains.
  • The kata performance must have demonstrated correct focus of attention (Chakugan), use of power, good balance and proper breathing.
  • The performance should also be evaluated with a view of discerning other points.
  • A competitor is disqualified if they interrupt or vary the kata, or performs different from that drawn or announced. If the performance is brought to a halt, or the kata is varied, the competitor will be disqualified.
Other criteria includes:
  • Correct breathing, good demonstration of power, speed, timing, balance and kime ( concentration or focus).
  • Consistency and correctness of stance.
  • Correct weight distribution according to the kihon being demonstrated.
  • Smooth and even transition ( hara remaining "weighted down" ) between stances.
  • Correct tension in stance.
  • Feet edges firmly on floor.
Techniques demonstrate:
  • Accuracy.
  • Correct and consistent kihon with the style being demonstrated.
  • Correct tension, focus and kime.
  • Proper understanding of the kata bunkai.
Kata must uniformly demonstrate:
  • Unwavering concentration.
  • Contrast in tension, breathing and movement.
  • An understanding of those techniques being demonstrated.
  • A realistic, rather than theatrical, demonstration of the kata meaning.
Operation Of Matches:
  • The contestant will respond to the calling of their name by going directly to the competition area. They will stand on a designated line to bow to the panel. They will announce clearly the name of the kata which is to be performed and then begin. On completion of the kata, the competitor will return to the designated line and await an award from the panel.
  • The referee will call for a decision (Hantei) and blow a sharp blast on the whistle. The judges will, in unison, decide if the contestant advances or not. After the final match for each kata in each division ( male and female ), a champion will be awarded.

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