Rules and Regulations

The 1st Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament Competition Rules and Regulations

Competition Court

Article 1 The competition court must be a matted square or a wooden flat square with sides of 8 meters in length.

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Official Uniform

Article 2 Competitors, coaches, referees, and judges must wear the official uniform as prescribed in each of the following items.

 

(1) Competitors must wear a plain white karate-gi, however kobudo competitors are also allowed to wear black or brown karate-gi. Hakama (divided skirt used in other martial arts) are not permitted.

 

(2) It is permitted to bear ryuha/kaiha emblems, country flags (excluding the prefectural emblem of Okinawa), and national emblems on only left chest of karate-gi. Any other letters, emblems, labels, etc. are not allowed on other parts. However, trademark labels of manufactures already processed on the karate-gi are allowed.

 

(3) A competitor number issued by The 1st Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as “Executive Committee”) must be put on the back.

 

(4) Men are not allowed to wear a T-shirt under their karate-gi. However, women must wear a plain white or plain t-shirt or inner wear of the same color as the top part of the kimono.

 

(5) The jacket, when tightened around the waist with the belt, must be no longer than mid-thigh length.

 

(6) The maximum length of the jacket sleeves shall be up to the wrist and shall not be shorter than up to half-way between the elbow and the wrist. The sleeves must not be folded to the outside of the sleeve. If they need to be folded, they must be folded and sewn to the inside of the sleeve.

 

(7) Bottom piece of the jacket should be long enough to cover at least two-thirds of the shins and should not cover the ankles. The legs must not be folded to the outside. If they need to be folded, they must be folded and sewn to the inside.

 

(8) The belt should be the standard blue belt distributed by the Executive Committee. In tournament competitions, a red or white cord prepared by the organizing committee is used as a signaling sign.

 

(9) If you wear glasses, you must take measures to prevent them from falling.

 

(10) No jewelry (bowls, hair clips, mishanga, earrings, etc.) may be worn. However, non-distracting hair ties are allowed.

 

(11) The use of bandages or braces because of injuries must be approved by the Executive Committee with the diagnosis of the doctor.

 

(12) The coach shall, at all times during the tournament, wear a karate-gi and arm band on his/her left or right bicep.

 

(13) Referees shall wear a black or dark blue blazer, black indoor shoes and socks, gray pants, and a short-sleeved white shirt with a tie as designated by the organizing committee. The blazers distributed by the organizing committee shall be worn during the overseas and out-of-prefecture qualifying rounds and this tournament.

 

2. Those who fail to comply with the regulations up to the preceding paragraph may be disqualified from entry qualifications.

 

Organization of the Competition

Article 3 1. The competition consists of five individual Kata performances separated by Boys and Girls I, Boys and Girls Ⅱ, Boys and GirlsⅢ, boys and girls separately Boys I, Girls I respectively.

 

2. The competition will be carried out in four categories consisting of Shuri-te/Tomari-te, Naha-te, Uechi ryu, and Kobudo (Bo).

 

The Referee Panel

Article 4 1. The panel of six judges (1 referee, 4 judges, and 1 auditor) or eight judges (1 referee, 6 judges, 1 auditor) for each match will be designated by the chairman of the Referee Council before the match.

 

2. The chief referee may appoint several score-keepers, callers and announcers to facilitate the smooth operation of the competitions.

 

Competition Procedure

Article 5 The competition shall be conducted by scoring.

 

2. In the scoring system, each competitor performs Kata and the ranking is determined according to the score indicated by the referee panel.

 

3. The preliminary rounds in Okinawa will be implemented as follows.

 

(1) The first round decides the ranking as the scoring system, and the high score competitors will advance to the second round.

 

(2) From the second round onward, the tournament will be a group tournament based on the scoring system. The number of top finishers whom shall advance to the main competition will be determined separately.

 

4. Overseas and out-of-prefecture qualifying rounds shall be held as follows.

 

(1) The first round decides the ranking as the scoring system, and the high score competitors will advance to the second round.

 

(2) From the second round onward, the tournament will be a group tournament based on the scoring system. The number of top finishers whom shall advance to the main competition will be determined separately.

 

5. This tournament shall be a score-based tournament.

 

Scoring System

Article 6 In the scoring system, the scores and rankings of each competitor are determined according to the following items.

 

(1) The score of each competitor shall be the total of scores indicated by the referee and the judges, excluding the highest and lowest scores.

(2) In the event that plural competitors are aligned at the same score on the entry line of the next match advancement, the lowest point excluded in the previous issue is added to the score of the competitor and the rank is determined at the total point. Nevertheless, if several competitors are aligned at the same score, the highest points excluded in the previous issue shall be further added and the ranking shall be decided at the total point.

(3) In the previous issue, in case plural competitors still ranks at the same score, the competitors will perform play-off, and the ranking will be decided based on the rules up to the 2nd issue. In this case, it is not allowed to select the same Kata as the ones previously performed.

(4) Nevertheless, if more than one competitor still rank at the same score according to the method up to the previous issue, the ranking shall be decided by consultation of the referee panel.

 

2. The procedures of the competition in the scoring system are as follows.

 

(1) The competitor stands at the boundary line of the competition court, bows to the front, and then advances to the starting position.

(2) Reaching the starting position, the competitor bows, then gives the name of Kata to be performed, and starts the performance. After the performance ends, the competitor bows, turns over and exits the court, stands at the boundary line of the court, then waits for judgment by the judges.

(3) The referee and the judges shall simultaneously show the scoring boards based on the whistle signal of the referee.

(4) After the caller announces the score and confirms that it was recorded, the referee and the judges raise down the scoring boards based on the whistle signal of the referee.

Kata Selection

Article 7 1. The Kata to be performed in each section shall be the traditional Okinawa Karate and Kobudo Kata acknowledged by the Executive Committee and selected from the following.

 

(1) Shuri-te kei/Tomari-te kei: Appendix 1

 

(2) Naha-te kei: Appendix 2

 

(3) Uechi ryu-kei: Appendix 3

 

(4) Kobudo (Bo): Appendix 4

 

In the Shuri-te kei/Tomari-te kei section, Naha-te kei section, and the Uechi-ryu kei section, competitors in the Boys and Girls I & II categories are allowed to perform the same kata in consecutive rounds. Competitors in the Boys and Girls III, Boys I, and Girls I categories are only allowed to select the kata performed during the first preliminary round in Okinawa for their next round in the first round of the tournament, or select their final kata performed during the preliminary round in Okinawa or during the preliminary round for overseas/mainland Japan for the first round of the main tournament, but are otherwise not allowed to perform the same kata in consecutive rounds.

 

In the Kobudo (Bo) section, competitors in the Boys and Girls II & III categories are allowed to perform the same kata in consecutive rounds. Competitors in the Boys I and Girls I categories are only allowed to select the kata performed during the first preliminary round in Okinawa for their next round in the first round of the tournament, or select their final kata performed during the preliminary round in Okinawa or during the preliminary round for overseas/mainland Japan for the first round of the main tournament, but are otherwise not allowed to perform the same kata in consecutive rounds.

Criteria for judgment

Article 8 The referee makes an evaluation based on the judgment criteria prescribed separately from these rules and regulations.

Others

Article 9 In the Kobudo (Bo) section, the Bo used in the Boys and Girls II & III categories shall be made of wood (excluding bamboo), round in shape, at least 180 cm in length or at least 10 cm taller than the competitor, and with no limit on their weight. The Bo used in the Boys I and Girls I categories shall be made of hardwood (such as oak or ebony), round in shape, at least 180 cm in length or at least 10 cm taller than the competitor, and at least 750 g in weight.

 

2. No modifications are permitted for Bo, such as engraving for slip prevention and embedding the iron core for gravitational movement.

 

3. Athletes must go through an inspection of Bo to be used beforehand; once they pass the inspection, a seal indicating the inspection will be stuck on the weapons.

 

Supplementary Rules

Article 10 In addition to what is specified in this regulations, the Executive Committee sets necessary matters separately.

Appendix 1 Shuri-te kei/Tomari-te kei

No. Kata Names Boys and Girls I Boys and Girls Ⅱ Boys and Girls Ⅲ Boys I Girls I
1 FUKYUGATA I
2 FUKYUGATA II
3 PINAN Sho Dan
4 PINAN Ni Dan
5 PINAN San Dan
6 PINAN Yon Dan
7 PINAN Go Dan
8 NAIHANCHI Sho Dan
9 NAIHANCHI Ni Dan
10 NAIHANCHI San Dan
11 ANANKU
12 SESAN (SEISAN)
13 WANKAN × × ×
14 WANSU (WANSHU)
15 ROHAI × × ×
16 PASSAI × × ×
17 PASSAI DAI (MATSUMURA) × × ×
18 PASSAI SHO (ITOSU) × × ×
19 SOCHIN × × ×

* "○" indicates a selectable Kata, and "×" indicates an unselectable Kata.

 

Appendix 2 Naha-te kei

No. Kata Names Boys and Girls I Boys and Girls Ⅱ Boys and Girls Ⅲ Boys I Girls I
1 GEKISAI I
2 GEKISAI II
3 SAIFA ×
4 SEYUNCHIN (SEENCHIN) × ×
5 SHISOCHIN × × ×
6 SANSERU × × ×
7 SEPAI × × ×

* "○" indicates a selectable Kata, and "×" indicates an unselectable Kata.

 

Appendix 3 Uechi-ryu kei

No. Kata Names Boys and Girls I Boys and Girls Ⅱ Boys and Girls Ⅲ Boys I Girls I
1 KANSHIWA
2 KANSHU
3 SECHIN ×
4 SESAN (SEISAN) × × ×

* "○" indicates a selectable Kata, and "×" indicates an unselectable Kata.

 

Appendix 4 Kobudo (Bo)

No. Kata Names Boys and Girls Ⅱ Boys and Girls Ⅲ Boys I Girls I
1 UFUGUSHIKU NU KUN
2 CHOUN NU KUN (朝雲)
3 SHUSHI NU KUN
4 SHUSHI NU KUN (SHO)
5 TOKUMINE NU KUN
6 KUBO NU KUN
7 KASSHIN BO
8 SAKUGAWA NU KUN × ×
9 SAKUGAWA NU KUN (SHO)

* "○" indicates a selectable Kata, and "×" indicates an unselectable Kata.