The 2nd Okinawa Karate World Tournament 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 movement (posture, stance, decorum, etc.)

Judgment in the Scoring System

Article 2
In the scoring system, the referee and judges will evaluate the competitors’ 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 2nd Okinawa Karate World 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 a 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 Kata, the referee shall reconfirm with the competitor.

Deduction

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 Kata
(2) Competitor performs a different Kata from the declared Kata
(3) Competitor performs without calling out the name of the Kata he/she is to perform
(4) Competitor’s belt or bib falls off during the performance
(5) Errors in movement or sequence of Kata
(6) One hand is removed from the bo during a kobudo performance (except when changing the hand), or the bo or sai being used touches the floor (except when sai touch the floor when being thrown)
(7) If a competitor appears in the court wearing a uniform in violation of the Competition Rules and Regulations Article 2, he/she will be given 2 minutes to correct their uniform. Nevertheless, if deficiencies are ascertained, he/she will be disqualified 
(8) Competitor violates any other provisions in these regulations and the Competition Rules and Regulations

Disqualification

Article 6
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 a kobudo performance
(3) Dropping a bo or sai in the middle of the kobudo performance
(4) Competitor refuses to follow referee instructions, uses abusive language, acts violently or inappropriately to interrupt the tournament, or severely hurts the dignity of the tournament

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
1. In the event that a competitor feels unwell, falls, injured by a bo or sai, 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.
2. Eyeglasses can be worn during the performance if the competitor has taken steps to prevent them from falling off. However if they fall during the performance, the Chief Judge shall suspend the performance to allow the performer to secure their glasses. The panel of judges will discuss and decide on whether to allow the performer to resume.
3. If it is suspected that the competitor is in violation of these regulations and/or the Competition Rules and Regulations before or during a performance, the referee will suspend the competition and confirm with the judge. 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 audit.
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 audit.
4. If an appeal is made during a performance, the audit shall suspend the competition by bell signals 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 audit shall suspend the judgment by bell signals and the referee panel shall verify the complaint.
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.

Other

Article 10
If the competitor’s coach, parents, or other related parties use abusive language, act violently or inappropriately to interrupt the tournament, or severely hurt the dignity of the tournament, the panel of judges will discuss and decide on the necessary actions, such as giving out strict warnings, ordering them to leave the venue, or disqualifying the competitor.
2. When problems occur other than the matters stipulated in these regulations and the Competition Rules and Regulations, it shall ultimately be left to the judgment of the referee.