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Karate competition is an easy to understand sport. While there is a huge number of techniques, any new practitioner or follower can now enjoy the greatness of this sport by knowing its basic and common rules. 


  • Competitors are allowed to use the same kata in the same round, 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.





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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