Karate Tournaments

Why do we have karate tournaments?

Com­pe­ti­tion increas­es indi­vid­ual effort when a spe­cif­ic date is approach­ing. Tour­na­ments pro­vide a chance to build school spir­it and team­work. Also, tour­na­ments give a bench­mark to see how you’re improv­ing by test­ing you against stu­dents you are unfa­mil­iar with.

What happens at tournaments?

Hope­ful­ly you have fun! Stu­dents are divid­ed by belt and age. Par­ents are not per­mit­ted on the floor dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion. You will com­pete in kata, kumite (spar­ring), and/or bo kata (depend­ing on your belt lev­el). Judges tal­ly points and award tro­phies or medals.

When are the tournaments?

David Deaton Karate Stu­dios holds two annu­al karate tour­na­ments;

  • The Karate Chal­lenge is our first all school func­tion of the year and gen­er­al­ly takes place in April.
  • The Karate Olympics is gen­er­al­ly held in Octo­ber.

Procedure for entering the ring

  1. Bow to enter the back of the ring
  2. Move to front of the karate ring and announce the name of your kata
  3. Bow to thank judges
  4. Back up (fac­ing judges), bow to begin your kata
  5. Bow after you have fin­ished your kata
  6. Back up and bow out of the ring

What are judges looking for?


Kata & Bo Kata

Kiai! The spir­it yell should be incor­po­rat­ed into katas at a few key points of attack.

Use the cor­rect stances, keep them low, moves crisp, accel­er­ate into the moves; pause between. Keep your gaze steady and look con­fi­dent — even if you’re ner­vous on the inside! Con­trol your breath­ing and pace your­self.

Judges will be scor­ing based on what they see, not what they think you should do. Some stu­dents will be doing par­tial katas.

Each of the three judges will give the com­peti­tor a score between 8.5 — 10.0.
“C” = 8.5 — 9.0
“B” = 9.1 — 9.5
“A” = 9.6 — 10.0

If a stu­dent starts over, judges will score the sec­ond kata as deserved (as if it was the first attempt) and the score­keep­er will deduct .5 points from the over­all score for each time the stu­dent starts over.

Kumite (Sparring)

Match­es are 2 min­utes. Time runs con­tin­u­ous­ly unless the ref­er­ee specif­i­cal­ly calls for time to be stopped.

One point is award­ed for hand tech­niques.

Two points award­ed for kicks.

Punch­ing with the lead hand to the body does not count.

Attacks must be con­trolled and vis­i­ble to the attacker’s line of sight (no blind attacks).

Touch con­tact to the face is allowed in the adult black belt divi­sion ONLY. A point can be scored to the face with a con­trolled tech­nique.

No hit­ting below the belt or to the face (under black belt lev­el).

Exces­sive force is not allowed. If the head moves due to the force of the blow, a penal­ty point should be award­ed.

A com­peti­tor with one foot out of bounds can be scored on — but can­not score. If both feet are out of bounds, the ref­er­ee calls stop.

Win­ner is deter­mined by the first com­peti­tor to reach five points, or high­est score at the end of the 2-minute round.

Rules for Family and friends

No shoes are allowed on the gym floor. Com­peti­tors and offi­cials only in com­pe­ti­tion area! Spec­ta­tors must stay in the bleach­ers.

Above all, remem­ber to enjoy your­self — karate tour­na­ments are a chance to be reward­ed for all your hard work!

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