Kata Judging Criteria

Additional Divisions

The following changes will be made to the listed divisions:

Due to the forecasted size of the 8 – 9 years M & F division, we will now be running a separate Male and Female division for this age group. For now, this change will only apply for the 2017 World Cup.

Due to the size and grade range of the 35 years and over 3rd kyu + divisions, we will be dividing these groups into 2 separate grade categories i.e.

  • 35 – 44 years 3rd – 1st kyu & Black Belt
  • 45 – 54 years 3rd – 1st kyu & Black Belt
  • 55 + years 3rd – 1st kyu & Black Belt

Changes to Team Kumite

At the 2017 World Cup, all team kumite teams will comprise of 3 men and 3 women competitors. In the event of a draw after 6 bouts, then the following will apply:

  • 3 – 3 draw: The competitors from each team who fought in the first bout will fight again. If Hikiwake, then the bout will continue until the first technique is scored.
  • 2 – 2 draw: The first 2 competitors to have a drawn bout, will re-fight in a deciding bout. If Hikiwake, then same rules apply as above.

Changes to Kata Competition

At the 2017 World Cup, ALL Kata age and grade divisions will be judged using a flag system (not on a scorecard system). This will mean that 2 competitors will compete against each other by conducting their kata at the same time in the same ring. Kata ring sizes will be increased to accommodate this. Upon the completion of both katas, the kata judges will indicate their choice of winner by raising their flag to either the red (aka) or white (shiro) side. The winner of each kata ‘bout’ will progress into the next round in the same way they would for a kumite division. This judging system creates a number of benefits:

  • Judges only assessing 2 kata at a time, rather than remembering scores for up to 12 kata.
  • Can create a more competitive environment and reduce nerves (not alone in the ring).
  • Creates more excitement for spectators.

Please note that the team kata divisions will also be judged using the flag system i.e. two teams will perform their kata simultaneously and judges will indicate their winner using the red or white flags.

Kata Requirements

As part of the above changes, there will be specific kata requirements for each grade division. This is to ensure that all competitors perform a common kata for the 1st round of competition. From the 2nd round onwards, competitors will perform katas according to the following guidelines:

8th – 7th kyu Division
First round kata – Taigyoku Shodan
Second round onwards – Either Taigyoku Shodan or Nidan, Saifa, Bassai Dai
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

6th – 4th kyu Division
First round kata – Saifa
Second round onwards – Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin, Empi
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

3rd – 1st kyu Division (14 yrs & over only)
First round kata – Bassai Dai
Second round onwards – Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin, Empi, Sanseru, Sepai, Hangetsu,
Kanku-Dai, Kururunfa
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

3rd kyu + division (5 – 13 yrs only)
First round kata – Bassai Dai
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus from Saifa upwards
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

Black Belt Divisions (35 yrs +)
First round onwards – Either Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin or Empi
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus
Competitors must perform a different kata in each subsequent round.
Competitors who reach ‘finals’ rounds may repeat a kata they’ve already performed.

Open Divisions (Jnr & Snr)
First round kata – Either Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin or Empi
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus
Competitors must perform a different kata in each subsequent round.
Competitors who reach ‘finals’ rounds may repeat a kata they’ve already performed.

Note #1: There will be no repechage system for Jnr or Snr Open divisions at WC 2017.

Note #2: None of the above conditions apply to team kata. Any kata may be performed in all team kata divisions, and may be repeated each subsequent round.

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