Sunshine Coast Chito-Ryu Karate – Winter Tournament

We are excited to be hosting our 2022 winter tournament, Sun 7 August at the Pacific Paradise State School.

After the success of our first tournament for nearly 3 years which was run in may, we have decided to run another tournament and other dojos are also invited to participate.

Entries close: Friday, 22 July 2022

Why Compete?

Tournaments are a great way to grow your skills and see how you perform under pressure. All students are encouraged to participate, either as a competitor or as a volunteer to help run the event.

Local tournaments are a great stepping stone for those who are interested in competing internationally at the Soke Cup. The Soke Cup brings together the top Chito-Ryu competitors from around the world and is usually held every 3 years. We have already started forming the squad for the 2023 Soke Cup to be held in Japan and this is a great opportunity for match practice and an opportunity to put your skills to the test under tournament conditions.

Our Sunshine Coast dojo has been represented at every Soke Cup since 2001 and over the years has produced many world champions and world championship medallists. Even if you have never competed yet, we know that there will be many students who have the potential to not only represent our dojo & Australia, but also have the potential to win at this level of competition.

Tournament Rules

This tournament will operate under the ICKF Tournament Rules (Revised – 1 Feb 2017), with a few adjustments as detailed below.

All events will operate using a knockout style draw. Kata events will operate using the flag system instead of the score card system.

Kumite (sparring) – head contact & head gear:

  • Juniors U/14 yrs will not wear head gear.  Non-contact head attacks can score.
  • Juniors 14-17 yrs will wear head gear.  Light contact head attacks can score.
  • Adults 18 yrs & above will wear head gear.  Controlled contact head attacks can score.

Kumite (sparring) – match duration

  • U/14 yrs – 1 min 30 sec
  • 14 yrs & above – 2 mins

In this tournament we will be introducing a new event for Little Champions (children 4-7 years). Little Champions Basic Skills – Tournament Event. Here’s an overview of the event including video examples demonstrating the routines and the competition format.

Some additional resources for referees & officials:

Events & Divisions

All students will have the opportunity to compete against others of a similar age & level in a number of different events:

  • Individual Kata (Sequence performance)
  • Team Kata (Teams of 3)
  • Kumite (Sparring)
  • Kobujutsu Kata (Weapon performance)

If there are sufficient numbers of entries, events will be broken up into the following divisions. However, if there are insufficient entries to run a division, divisions may be combined or adjusted.

Little Champions Basic Skills (4-7 Yrs Only)

  • 4-5 Years, All Levels
  • 6-7 Years, White – Orange Stripe Belt
  • 6-7 Years, Green Stripe Belt & Above

Individual Kata (Sequence performance)

  • 4-5 Years, All Levels
  • 6-7 Years, White – Orange Stripe Belt
  • 6-7 Years, Green Stripe Belt & Above
  • 8-9 Years, White – Orange Belt
  • 8-9 Years, Green Belt & Above
  • 10-13 Years, White – Orange Belt
  • 10-13 Years, Green – Blue Belt
  • 10-13 Years, Purple Belt & Above
  • Teens & Adults (14-39 Years), White – Orange Belt
  • Teens & Adults (14-39 Years), Green – Blue Belt
  • Teens & Adults (14-39 Years), Purple Belt & Above
  • Masters (40 Years +), White – Orange Belt
  • Masters (40 Years +), Green – Blue Belt
  • Masters (40 Years +), Purple Belt & Above

Team Kata (Teams of 3)

  • 4-7 Years, All Levels
  • 8-13 Years, White – Green Belt
  • 8-13 Years, Blue Belt & Above
  • Teens & Adults (14 Years +), White – Green Belt
  • Teens & Adults (14 Years +), Blue Belt & Above

Team kata divisions are determined by the rank of the most senior person in the team & the age of the oldest team member.

As an example, the following team would be entered into the team kata division for Teens & Adults (14 Years +), Blue Belt & Above
Person 1: 7 Year Old, Yellow Stripe Belt
Person 2: 11 Year Old, Orange Belt
Person 3: 42 Year Old, Blue Belt

Kumite (Sparring)

  • 4-5 Years, Male
  • 4-5 Years, Female
  • 6-7 Years, Male
  • 6-7 Years, Female
  • 8-9 Years, Male
  • 8-9 Years, Female
  • 10-11 Years, Male
  • 10-11 Years, Female
  • 12-13 Years, Male
  • 12-13 Years, Female
  • 14-15 Years, Male
  • 14-15 Years, Female
  • 16-17 Years, Male
  • 16-17 Years, Female
  • 18-39 Years, Male, White – Blue Belt
  • 18-39 Years, Female, White – Blue Belt
  • 18-39 Years, Male, Open Level
  • 18-39 Years, Female, Open Level
  • 40 Years +, Male, White – Blue Belt
  • 40 Years +, Female, White – Blue Belt
  • 40 Years +, Male, Open Level
  • 40 Years +, Female, Open Level

Kobujutsu Kata (Weapon performance)

Competitors may perform either bo or sai kata.

  • 8-15 Years, Green – Purple Belt
  • 8-15 Years, Brown & Black Belt
  • 16 Years +, Green – Purple Belt
  • 16 Years +, Brown & Black Belt

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you’ve got any questions about the tournament, please be sure to speak to instructors or dojo staff.

Entries close: Friday, 22 July 2022