Judge and Referee Regulations

Criteria for Judgment

Article 1
The referee and judges shall evaluate the performance of each competitor from the viewpoint of the traditional Okinawa karate and kobudo by the following criteria.
  • (1) Characteristics of Okinawa karate and kobudo (ATIFA, MUCHIMI, CHINKUCHI, etc.)
  • (2) Movement and sequence of Kata, accuracy of technique
  • (3) Understanding of Kata
  • (4) Appropriate speed fluctuation
  • (5) Breathing, strength, speed, timing, balance, and technique
  • (6) Consistency and accuracy of footwork
  • (7) Basic movements (posture, stance, etiquette, etc.)

Judgment in the Scoring System

Article 2
In the scoring system, the referee and judges will evaluate the competitor’s performance according to the criteria of the preceding article on a 10-point scale (up to the second decimal place, in increments of 0.05).

Declaring Kata

Article 3
  • 1. Competitors shall select the Kata to be performed based on Article 7 of The 1st Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament Competition Rules and Regulations (hereinafter referred to as “Competition Rules and Regulations”), and a prescribed report form shall be submitted to the score-keeper’s table before the performance.
  • 2. Changing the Kata after submission will not be accepted. However, if the competitor declared a Kata that cannot be selected according to the Competition Rules and Regulations, he/she can correct it based on instructions by the score-keeper.

Calling out the Kata

Article 4
  • 1. Competitors shall clearly call out the name of the Kata before performing.
  • 2. If the name of the Kata is called out incorrectly, it shall be accepted if correction is made immediately, however correction after the performance starts is not permitted.
  • 3. If it is difficult to hear the name of the Kata, the referee shall reconfirm with the competitor.

Deduction of Points

Article 5
The following acts are subject to point deduction.
  • (1) Overacting
    • a. Making excessive sounds, such as beating the chest, arms, or uniform; stomping of the feet
    • b. Excessive, unnecessary breathing
    • c. Taking long pauses between each movement, and movement to stop the flow of the Kata
  • (2) Competitor performs a different Kata from the declared Kata
  • (3) Competitor performs without calling out the name of the Kata
  • (4) A belt falls off during the performance
  • (5) Errors in movement or sequence of the Kata
  • (6) One hand is removed from the bo during a kobudo performance (except when changing the hand), or the bo being used touches the floor.
  • (7) If a competitor appears in the court wearing a uniform with violation of Article 2 of the Competition Rules and Regulations, he/she will be given two minutes to correct their uniform. Nevertheless, if deficiencies are ascertained, he/she will have points deducted.
  • (8) Falling of eyeglasses during the performance
  • (9) Any other violations of these Regurations and /or Competition Rules and Regulations

Disqualification

Article 6
  • 1. Competitors will be disqualified in the following cases.
    • (1) Abandoning a performance in the middle of the competition
    • (2) Using a non-approved weapon without a seal of examination in the kobudo performance
    • (3) Dropping a Bo in the middle of the kobudo performance
    • (4) When a competitor disobeys a referee's instructions, or interferes with the progress of the competition by verbal abuse, assault, or other unreasonable language or behavior, or when he/she significantly damages the prestige of the tournament
  • 2. Disqualification under each of the preceding articles will only apply in the categories in which the disqualification occurred.

Abstention

Article 7
The competitor is deemed to have dropped out when he/she does not appear in the court after being called twice.

Interruption

Article 8
In the event that a competitor feels unwell, falls, injured by a Bo, etc. during a performance, the referee will interrupt the performance and direct the competitor to the tournament doctor. In this case, continuation and judgment of the competition will be decided by the referee panel after consultation.

Filing an Objection

Article 9
  • 1. Competitors cannot appeal against the judgment of the referee panel.
  • 2. In case of suspected violation against these Regulations and/or Competition Rules and Regulations, only a coach can file an objection to the auditor.
  • 3. Generally, a coach must file an objection before judgment. However, if an appeal is made immediately after judgment, the referee panel may accept an appeal upon affirmation by the auditor.
  • 4. If an appeal is made during a performance, the auditor shall suspend the competition by whistle and the referee panel shall verify the complaint. Continuation and judgment of the competition in that case will be decided by the referee panel after consultation.
  • 5. If an appeal is made between the end of the performance and judgment, the auditor shall suspend the judgment by whistle and the referee panel shall verify the complaint. In this case, the referee panal shall make a decision after consultation.
  • 6. If an appeal is made immediately after the judgment, the referee panel shall verify the complaint. If the opposition is deemed valid, the referee shall make a decision again.

Others

Article 10
  • 1. If a coach, guardian, etc. of a competitor uses abusive language or other unbecoming behavior that interferes with the progress of the competition or significantly damages the prestige of the tournament, the referee panel will take the necessary measures such as a stern warning, ejection, or disqualification of the competitor, upon consultation with the referee panel.
  • 2. When problems occur other than the matters stipulated in these Regulations and/or the Competition Rules and Regulations, it shall ultimately be left to the judgment of the Chief Referee.