3 to 5 judges will judge Katas.

Participant must announce prior to his/her Kata:
  1) Name
  2) Dojo or style
  3) Name of the Kata or form

Katas will be judged according to:
  a) Strength, movement and balance of stances
  b) Knowledge of their respective Kata or form
  c) Overall presentation and confidence

A score will be given by each judge, which will be added with the other marks to give a final score. Please note: In the event of a tie between competitors anywhere in the top three places, the tied competitors will be asked to perform another Kata to break the tie. Preference will be given to the competitor who performs a higher Kata or form that exhibits a higher degree of difficulty for their respective level in the tiebreaker. No coaching or instruction* will be permitted during the performance of the Kata; point deductions or disqualification may result at the discretion of the judges.

*With the exception of the 6 and under category, the head judge only is permitted to give timing if requested, without penalty to the competitor.


All matches are using standard Kyokushin semi-contact rules. A competitor may win with points (wazari or ippon) or by decision, showing superior technique and/or fighting spirit. Full explanation of the rules will be done prior to the matches for all competitors. Kumite matches will be have 2 or 4 corner judges with a center referee (Sushin) who will have the final say in any bout.

The Sushin may disqualify any participant as a result of poor sportsmanship, foul language, or disrespectful behaviour exhibited by any competitor, their coach or a parent. What will not be tolerated in the dojo, will not be tolerated at the tournament. 


Duration of bouts:

Ages 5 and under:
2 minutes with no extensions in the preliminaries. Maximum of (1)-1 minute extension (if necessary), only if it is to decide a top 3 placing in the category (semi-final or final). 

Ages 6-17:
2 minutes with no extensions in the preliminaries. Maximum of (2) 1 minute extensions (if necessary) only if it is to decide a top 3 placing in the category (semi-final or final).

Legal Techniques: 

Head (Jodan):
Round kicks/circular (Mawashi) with control. Excluding the face.

Torso (Chudan):
1) Straight or round kicks to the front of the torso. Knee kicks allowed for ages 13 & up only.
2) All punches to the front of torso.

Legs (Gedan):
Round kicks (Mawashi) to the legs, above the knee on the outside or (inside of the legs, 13 & up).

Illegal Techniques:

Head (Jodan):
1) ANY hand or arm techniques to the head
2) Knee techniques
3) Straight kicks (Mae, Yoko, Ushiro Geri)
4)Downward heel kick (Oroshi Kakato Geri)

Torso (Chudan):
1) Open hand techniques (Shuto, Shotei...)
2) Strikes of any kind to the back

Legs (Gedan):
1) ANY straight kicks (Mae, Yoko, Ushiro Geri...)
2) Strikes to or sides or below the knees.
3) Leg sweeps of any kind.

Striking the groin is illegal. No grabbing, holding, pulling or pushing of any kind is permitted. Full explanation will take place prior to the Kumite competition.

Size of Tatamis:
Each tatami or court (competing area) will be 12x12 feet. There will be 4 courts to ensure that we can have as many divisions as possible working at a time.

No chest protectors allowed in Knockdown division for Men or Women !