• Competitors are allowed to use the same kata in the same or all rounds, even in a tie-breaker 
  • Kata competition will be be conducted using the flag system of judging. 
  • Kata competition for all ages: There are no specific deviations from the standard rules, but a limitation to the kata list to less advanced kata may be used. 
  • Participants failing to complete their kata should be given the option of a second attempt without reduction of score.


The World Karate Federation (WKF) Kata rules govern the performance of traditional karate forms in competitions. Key elements include the execution of precise and well-defined movements, proper breathing, and the demonstration of martial spirit. Competitors are judged on factors such as technique, balance, timing, and the overall presentation of the kata. Kata must adhere to traditional forms recognized by the WKF, and participants are typically categorized by age, gender, and skill level. Emphasis is placed on the artistry, focus, and authenticity of the kata, with competitors aiming to convey the essence and principles of karate through their performances.


The World Karate Federation (WKF) Kobudo Kata rules outline the regulations for traditional weapon forms in karate competitions. These rules specify the permissible weapons, choreography, and techniques within each kata. Participants are judged based on their mastery of weapon handling, precision in movements, and overall performance. Scoring is subjective, with emphasis on technical proficiency, martial spirit, and the traditional aspects of kobudo. Competitors are also evaluated on their ability to convey the essence and historical significance of the chosen kata. Adherence to safety protocols and proper use of traditional weaponry are paramount in WKF Kobudo Kata competitions.




The World Karate Federation (WKF) Kumite rules govern the sparring aspect of karate competitions. Key elements include controlled strikes, designated target areas, a point-based scoring system, time limits for matches, penalties for rule violations, mandatory protective gear, and the authority of the referee. Matches are categorized by age, gender, and skill level to ensure fair competition, and sportsmanship is emphasized throughout, with bowing and respect being integral to the karate etiquette.


Scores are as follows:

  • IPPON Three Points
  • WAZA-ARI Two Points
  • YUKO One Point 

A score is awarded when a technique is performed according to the following criteria to a scoring area: 

  1. Good Form
  2. Sporting Attitude
  3. Vigorous Application
  4. Awareness (Zanshin)
  5. Good Timing
  6. Correct Distance

IPPON is awarded for:

  • Jodan kicks
  • Any scoring technique delivered on a thrown or fallen opponent while the torso (upper body or trunk) is on the tatami

WAZA-ARI is awarded for:  

  • Chudan kicks

YUKO is awarded for:

  • Chudan or Jodan Tsuki
  • Chudan or Jodan Uchi (ie. blows with the bottom or back of the fist) 

Attacks are limited (controlled) to the following areas:

  1. Head
  2. Face
  3. Neck
  4. Abdomen
  5. Chest
  6. Back
  7. Side
  • A victory over an opponent who has been given a Hansoku (penalty) or Shikkaku (disqualification) shall be worthKiken (forfeiture).

  • An effective technique delivered at the same time that the end of the bout is signaled is considered valid. A technique, even if effective, delivered after an order to suspend or stop the bout shall not be scored and may result in a warning or penalty being imposed on the offender.

  • No technique, even if technically correct, shall be scored if it is delivered when the two contestants are outside the competition area. However, if one of the contestants delivers an effective technique while still inside the competition area and before the Referee calls “Yame”, the technique shall be scored.

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Kumite for all ages (Silverado Cup modified):

  • Non-injurious, light controlled “touch” contact to the face, head and neck is allowed (but not to the throat) with the hand and foot
  • Conventional Karate leg sweeping or takedown techniques will be allowed.
  • The bout duration is two minutes.


  • Mouthguard, fist guards, helmet (ages 17 and under; can be purchased at this link or can be borrowed at the tournament, cup (for males).
  • Notes: Competitors using Helmets with faceshield don't required to use mouthguards


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