The 2nd Okinawa Karate World 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.

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 2nd Okinawa Karate World 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) Red / red & white belts are not allowed (white belts are allowed). 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 four individual Kata performances separated by male and female in Juniors, Adults I, Adults II, and Seniors respectively.
2. The competition will be carried out in five categories consisting of Shuri-te/Tomari-te, Naha-te, Uechi ryu, Kobudo (Bo), and Kobudo (Sai).

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
(5) Kobudo (Sai): Appendix 5
2. In the tournament, a competitor must not repeat the same Kata continuously. However, for the Okinawa preliminary tournament, a competitor can perform the same Kata in the first round of the next round of the tournament that he/she performed in the preliminary rounds. Also, a competitor can repeat a Kata in the first round of the main tournament which he/she performed for the last performance in preliminary rounds in Okinawa and mainland Japan/overseas.

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
1. The Bo used in Kobudo must be made of hardwood such as oak and ebony. The length is 180cm or more, the weight is at least 900 grams for male and 800 grams for female in round shape.
2. The Sai used in Kobudo are made of iron (chrome is also possible) or stainless steel, the length is longer than the length of the elbow of the performer, the weight is at least 650 grams each for male and 550 grams for female. Also, the shape should be a traditional Okinawa Sai shape.
3. The action of throwing a Sai or piercing the floor with a Sai during the performance is prohibited.
4. No modifications are permitted for Bo and Sai, such as engraving for slip prevention and embedding the iron core for gravitational movement.
5. Athletes must go through an inspection of Bo and Sai 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 Name Juniors Adults I Adults II Seniors
1 PINAN Sho Dan
2 PINAN Ni Dan
3 PINAN San Dan
4 PINAN Yon Dan
5 PINAN Go Dan
6 NAIHANCHI Sho Dan
7 NAIHANCHI Ni Dan
8 NAIHANCHI San Dan
9 ANANKU
10 SESAN
11 WANKAN
12 WANSU (WANSHU)
13 ROHAI
14 PASSAI
15 PASSAI DAI (MATSUMURA)
16 PASSAI SHO (ITOSU)
17 CHINTI
18 JITTI (JITTE)
19 SOCHIN
20 NISESHI (NISESHI)
21 SUNSU
22 JION
23 WANSU (WANSHU)
24 GOJUSHIHO(USESHI) ×
25 CHINTO ×
26 KUSANKU ×
27 KUSANKU DAI ×
28 KUSANKU SHO ×

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

Appendix 2 Naha-te kei

No. Kata Name Juniors Adults I, Adults II Seniors
1 GEKISAI I
2 GEKISAI II
3 SAIFA
4 SEYUNCHIN (SEENCHIN)
5 SHISOCHIN
6 SANSERU
7 SEPAI
8 KURURUNFA ×
9 SESAN
10 SUPARINPE(PETTURIN) ×

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

Appendix 3 Uechi ryu-kei

No. Kata Name Juniors Adults I, Adults II Seniors
1 KANSHIWA
2 KANSHU
3 SECHIN
4 SESAN
5 SERYU
6 KANCHIN
7 SANSERYU ×

* “○” indicates a selectable Kata, and “×” indicates an unselectable Kata.
*Performing DAINI SESAN is not allowed in this tournament.

Appendix 4 Kobudo (Bo)

No. Kata Name Juniors Adults I, Adults II Seniors
1 UFUGUSHIKU NU KUN
2 CHOUN NU KUN (朝雲)
3 SHUSHI NU KUN
4 SHUSHI NU KUN (SHO)
5 SHUSHI NU KUN (DAI)
6 SAKUGAWA NU KUN
7 SAKUGAWA NU KUN (SHO)
8 SAKUGAWA NU KUN (DAI)
9 TOKUMINE NU KUN
10 CHIKIN NU KUN
11 SHIISHI NU KUN ×
12 SHIROMATSU NU KUN ×
13 SHIROTARO NU KUN ×
14 KUBO NU KUN
15 KATIN NU KUN
16 UFUTUN BO ×
17 KASSHIN BO

* “○” indicates a selectable Kata, and “×” indicates an unselectable Kata.
*Performing YONEGAWA NU KUN, CHINEN SHIKIYANAKA NU KUN, SHIRATARU NU KUN, UEHARA NU KUN, SESOKO NU KUN, SHUKUMINE NU KUN, CHIKIN SUNAKAKE NU KUN, CHIKIN UFUKUN, RUFA NO KON, HASSO NU KUN, CHOSHI NU KUN, URASHI NU KUN, CHIKIN BO, CHATAN YARA NU KUN, CHOUN NU KUN is not allowed in this tournament.

Appendix 5 Kobudo (Sai)

No. Kata Name Juniors Adults I, Adults II Seniors
1 CHIKIN SHITAHAKU NU SAI
2 CHATAN YARA NU SAI
3 HAMAHIGA NU SAI ×
4 TAWATA NU SAI ×
5 SAI Ⅰ
6 SAI Ⅱ
7 SAI Ⅲ
8 ISHIKAWAGWA NU SAI
9 NICHO SAI
10 SANCHO SAI
11 SHINBARU NU SAI

* “○” indicates a selectable Kata, and “×” indicates an unselectable Kata.
*Performing KUGUSHIKU NU SAI, YAKAA NU SAI, UFUCHIKU NO SAI, TOKUYAMA NU SAI, HANTAGAWA KORAGWA NU SAI is not allowed in this tournament.