TOURNAMENT KATA

In all tournament divisions, kata is to be run before kumite.

IMPORTANT POINTS FOR TOURNAMENT KATA

Judges' positions:

Kata is scored by three Judges who are positioned at various points around the ring. One of the Judges is to be positioned directly in front of the scoring table and the other two are positioned at the far corners of the ring. (refer to diagram of competition area).

A Judge must at no time, once the competitor has entered the ring or during the course of any performance of the kata in his/her ring, be seen to concentrate on anything else other than the event taking place in his/her ring.

Competitor's entry:

1. When announced, the competitor is to move to the bottom right comer of the ring (see diagram).
2. Once composed, he/she will walk along the base line to the centre of the ring. Make a right hand turn then bow and move three paces to the line marked "KATA".
3. The competitor will then bow to the Head Judge and announce the kata he/she is going to perform.
4. The Head Judge will repeat the name of the kata so that it can be heard by the other Judges. Only at this point may the competitor begin his/her kata.
5. The competitor will now bow again and begin the kata.

Second attempts:

If a competitor makes a conscious, considerable mistake, he/she may stop, compose themselves and restart their kata (excluding Open divisions). It must be noted to both competitors and judges, that in the event of a competitor restarting their kata, there is no loss of points or prejudice towards their second attempt.

If a competitor fails on the second attempt, they will be awarded the minimum score possible for that division.

Open Divisions:

Male and Female Open Kata competitors DO NOT get a second attempt in kata

Competitors in the Male and Female Open Kata who reach the finals must perform a different Kata to the one they performed in the preliminary rounds.

In the case of a draw in the Open Kata Finals, competitors have the option to perform the kata they performed in the rounds.

Points to look for:

The scoring marks will be awarded for:

- Sharpness of technique (relative to the grade held)
- Accuracy (Compared to how the katas should be performed - e.g. stances, technique etc)
- Degree of technical difficulty
- Balance
- Focus and intensity
- Etiquette and discipline
- Fluency between techniques
- Overall presentation of the kata

Note:
Do not be overly critical in judging slight differences in technique and timing. Only obvious incorrect technique should be penalised (eg. Punch having incorrect shape. Forward stance having bent back leg etc)

SCORING KATA

Once a competitor has finished his/her kata and the final bow is completed, the Judges will make their choice of score.
The Head Judge, when he/she is ready, will blow their whistle to indicate to the other Judges to hold up their scores.
The scores will be shown to the score-keeping table first where the score-keeper will write down the scores and total them up. After this, the head Judge will blow his/her whistle again to signal to other judges to display their scorecards to the audience.
Once a competitor has finished his/her kata and the final bow is completed, he/she must wait on the kata line for all Judges to have scored and the results have been written down.
Once the scores have been written down the competitor will bow and walk three paces backwards and bow out of the ring.

TIED SCORES

In the event of a draw for the first, second or third place, each competitor will perform kata again to determine the placings. All previous scores by any competitor now become irrelevant.
Competitors who achieve a draw may perform the same kata again.
Each Judge may only score the difference between the two by 0.1. This ensures there will be no further draw and also ensures that one judge does not hold more power in the final opinion over the other two. Basically it says that the competitor who has two judges believing they should win, does so.
In the event of three competitors drawing for first, second or third place, the 0.1 rule still applies. The Judges must score each competitor differently within 0.1 of one another with no two competitors receiving the same score (eg 7.1, 7.2, 7.3).
Once the scores have been written down the competitor will bow and walk three paces backwards and bow out of the ring.

THE KATA SCORING SHEET

The scores from each Judge and the total of these three scores go on the left side of the test sheet.

If any of the competitors tie, i.e. the scores are equal; then the second round will be written down on the right hand side.

TOURNAMENT KATA CRITERIA

8TH - 7 TH KYU UP TO AND INCLUDING BASSAI DAI
6TH - 4TH KYU UP TO AND INCLUDING EMPI
3RD - 1ST KYU UP TO AND INCLUDING KANKU DAI AND KURURUNFA
OPEN DIVISION UP TO AND INCLUDING SOCHIN AND SEISAN

KATA SCORE RANGES

Division Score range
8th Kyu - 4th Kyu 6.0 - 8.0
3rd Kyu and above 7.0 - 9.0
Opens 7.0 -9.0
Team kata - Juniors 6.0 - 8.0
Team kata - seniors 7.0 - 9.0


Introduction
Referee & judge levels
Competition Area
Overview
Kata
Kumite
Powers & Duties
Chief Referee
Referee
Judge
Arbitrator
Score keeper
Time keeper
Kumite time-keeping summary
Tournament Kata
Important points
Competitor's guide
Scoring kata
Tied scores
Scoring sheet
Criteria
Score ranges
Tournament kumite
Starting, suspending & ending matches
Scoring
Penalties
Injuries & accidents
Dress requirements
Competitors
Officials
Tournament terminology
Referee hand signals
New Rules
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