Sunshine Coast Tournament

As a result of the impact of COVID-19, it has been nearly 3 years since our last tournament on the Sunshine Coast. For many students, they have never had the opportunity to put their skills to the test in a tournament. As a result we are very excited to be hosting the Sunshine Coast Tournament, Sun 22 May 2022 (& 29 May, if required).

For our first tournament, we have decided to run it in the dojo. Just in case there are a lot of competitors, we have allocated 2 consecutive Sundays (22 & 29 May 2022). Ideally, the event will be run over one day only, but if there are a large number of entries, the tournament will be run over 2 weekends.

Entries close: Friday, 6 May 2022

Why Compete?

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

In addition, this tournament is the first step towards gaining selection to compete at the 2023 Soke Cup to be held in Japan. The Soke Cup brings together the top Chito-Ryu competitors from around the world and is usually every 3 years.

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

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.

Individual Kata (Sequence performance)

  • 4-5 Years, All Levels
  • 6-7 Years, White & Yellow Stripe Belt
  • 6-7 Years, Orange & Green Stripe Belt
  • 6-7 Years, Blue Strip 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
  • 5-7 Years, Male
  • 5-7 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, 6 May 2022