Tournament Information What you need to get started and Rules for Kata and Kumite

We hope to answer any questions you may have regarding tournaments and any information that will help you in your participation as possible. Please let us know if it's not covered and we will update the page :-)

As a Fushin Ryu Karate member you have access to many tournaments from our club tournaments (9 each year) , Regional tournaments (approx 4 each year run by Karate Auckland and other run by the Central North Island etc) National tournaments (2 each year run by karate NZ) Invitational tournaments (run by other karate clubs both in NZ and Internationally) If you are successful you may represent NZ at international competitions from Oceania, Commonwealth, K1 and World events.

We would like everyone starting out to treat the tournaments as another training opportunity. It is good to start out with the FRK club tournaments to build experience and an understanding of what is involved. We have been running 9 each year on Sunday afternoons at the Archers road Dojo from 1pm. (dates are on the calendar page) 5 Kata and 4 kumite tournaments.

BENEFITS OF COMPETING:                                                                                                                                                                 Tournament entry can help the students focus on improvement, reduce the fear / apprehension of confrontation as well as getting getting out in front of people. If the fear of facing an opponent in a club tournament is so great that they avoid it the chances are that they are not developing the ability to defend themselves in a confrontation.

Of course we don't try to force students to compete and competing is not linked to grading but  we be believe that is of great benefit to their development and encourage it. Which is why the club tournaments are free of charge to attend and the Club senior students and Instructors volunteer their time.

Think of how many kids would stick at Rugby, Soccer,hockey or Netball if they only did the training each week with out playing in any games? How many kids quit rugby because they lost a game or got hurt in a tackle?

Please treat the tournaments as a weekly rugby, soccer or netball game - not the world cup :-)


Put your entry in by circling your name on the sign up sheet or emailing it to

For the club Kata tournaments you only need your dogi. Red and Blue belts will be available your use although you are welcome to use your own. Students can compete using Kihon Roku Dosa or even part of Pinan Shodan.

For club Kumite tournaments you will need:                                                                                                                                    Mouthguard - if you have one from another sport please use it or purchase one for $7 from the dojo.                                                                         Hand mits - one colour is sufficient either (red or blue) but one of each colour is better. 

Recommended - Shin and Instep protectors, Body Protector and Groin Guard



FRK Club Tournaments

FRK NZ holds 9 tournaments a year. These are divided into Kata (forms) and Kumite (points sparring). Everyone entering receives one point and points are awarded for the top 5 place "getters" and are tallied at the end of the year. The top three place "getters" will receive medals and certificates at prize giving and the winner will have their name engraved on the trophy. These tournaments are open to all FRK NZ members of all grades and entry is included in your annual registration fee.

We recommend students to start in tournaments as soon as possible. Especially the Kata ones. Tournaments are another opportunity for our students to get more practice. Without wanting to sound too PC, learning and improvement is emphasized as we believe the lessons learned from competing will last longer and be very beneficial for the future. That being said, while the emphasis is on improvement Fushin Ryu karate students have also had some very good results in competition topping the medal tables in most major tournaments in NZ from 2005 - 2017 and some of the best medal tallies of any club at Oceania and Commonwealth tournaments as well as many top 8 finishes and medals at World Competition.

It is great if you are able to video your performances, that way you can measure your improvement. A higher grade who wins against a lower lower grade while performing below par should not be happy with their performance and a lower grade should not be sad to lose against a higher grade if they performed well. It is important to keep it in perspective and look for improvement.


FRK Sugihara Cup

This tournament is organised and run by Fushin Ryu Karate New Zealand. It is now held every 2 years. Starting in 2006. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 with the 8th edition this August 2018 (team events)


Karate Auckland Tournaments

Karate Auckland organises several tournaments each year. As Karate NZ members these are open to all Fushin Ryu karate students. There are Kyu grade (development) as well as open tournaments.



KNZ National Tournaments

There are 



International Tournaments

Non Selected - Open tournaments such as the Australian Open, the US Open etc, you can find information on Sport Data / karate


Selected by KNZ

Oceania tournaments are held every 2nd year. Entry is via selection into the NZ national team. Ages 10yrs+ for Kata and Kumite with two spaces for each WKF division.

Commonwealth Championships also held every 2nd year. Entry is via selection into the NZ national team. Ages 10yrs+ for Kata and Kumite with Four spaces for each WKF division.

K1 (Karate 1) Tournaments held throughout the world.

Due to the importance and  transcendence of the Premier League on the WKF Ranking, some aspects have been adjusted in the registration process, being reduced to three phases to ensure priority in the registration of TWO competitors per country and category, which can be registered as maximum in the two first phases of the registration process, as below;

-          Phase 1: limited to the NFs, TWO competitors per category and country, ranked among the 50 first of the ranking

-          Phase 2: In the event that any of the TWO registrations of phase 1 have not been completed by the NFs, free registration of athletes, ranked among the 50 first of the ranking (always keeping the limit of TWO per country)

-          Phase 3: free registration, limited to 64 athletes per category, ranked among the 100 first of the ranking.

 Furthermore, we also must mentioned the following aspects;

▪       All registration will only be accepted online, being necessary to complete the registration to make the payment through the online payment platform. No onsite registration and payments will be accepted

▪       Weighing and Draw

▪       Fees and Prizes

▪       Communication

▪       The Grand Winner is obliged to participate in at least FOUR events held in TWO continents

▪       Video review implementation along all competition (including eliminations rounds)


WKF Junior and Senior worlds held alternating years. Entry is via selection into the NZ national team. Ages 14yrs - 20yrsfor Junior tournament and 16yrs+ for Kata and 18yrs+ for Kumite at the Senior Tournament with one spaces for each WKF division. Check the Karate NZ website for more in depth information on eligibility rules.


We welcome all helpers. For smooth running tournaments it is essential to have trained tournament officials. You can start by coming along to the FRK NZ Club Championships. Training will be given in the different areas of Marshaling and Score keeping and help in setting up the venues is always appreciated!

Knowing the rules also helps! Below are the rules condensed into the most important things you will need to know.


RULES for Competition KATA - WKF


In assessing the performance of a contestant or team the Judges will evaluate the performance based on equal weight of each of the three main criteria. The performance is evaluated from the bow starting the kata until the bow ending the kata with the exception of team medal matches, where the performance, as well as the timekeeping starts at the bow in the beginning of the kata and ends when the performers bow after completing the Bunkai.

All of the three major criteria are to be given equal importance in the evaluation of the performance. Bunkai are to be given equal importance as the kata itself. Kata Performance

KATA Performance                                                                           BUNKAI Performance (applicable to team bouts for medals)

1. Conformance                                                                                1. Conformance

To the form itself and the standards of the applicable ryu-ha.            To the Kata, using the actual movements as in the Kata.


2. Technical performance                                                                 2. Technical performance

a.Stances                                                                                             a. Stances

b.Techniques                                                                                        b. Techniques

c.Transitional movements                                                                    c. Transitional movements

d.Timing/Synchronisation                                                                     d. Timing

e.Correct breathing                                                                              e. Control

f.Focus (kime)                                                                                      f. Focus (kime)

g.Technical difficulty                                                                             g. Difficulty of techniques performed


3. Athletic performance                                                                       3. Athletic performance

a. Strength                                                                                           a. Strength

b. Speed                                                                                              b. Speed

c. Balance                                                                                            c. Balance

d. Rhythm                                                                                            d. Timing



A competitor or a team of competitors may be disqualified for any of the following reasons:

1) Performing the wrong kata or announcing the wrong kata.

2) Failing to bow at the beginning and completion of the kata performance.

3) A distinct pause or stop in the performance.

4) Interference with the function of the judges (such as the judge having to move for safety reasons or making physical contact with a judge).

5) Belt falling off during the performance.

6) Exceeding the total time limit of 6 minutes duration for Kata and Bunkai.

7) Failure to follow the instructions of the Chief Judge or other misconduct.



The following fouls, if apparent, must be considered in the evaluation according to above criteria.

a) Minor loss of balance.

b) Performing a movement in an incorrect or incomplete manner such as failure to fully execute a block or punching off target.

c) Asynchronous movement, such as delivering a technique before the body transition is completed, or in the case of team kata; failing to do a movement in unison.

d) Use of audible cues (from any other person, including other team members) or theatrics such as stamping the feet, slapping the chest, arms, or karate-gi, or inappropriate exhalation, will automatically be penalized by the judges deducting the total portion of the score for the technical performance of the kata (and thus losing one third of the total score for the performance)

e) Belt coming loose to the extent that it is coming off the hips during the performance.

f)Time wasting, including prolonged marching, excessive bowing or prolonged pause before starting the performance.

g) Causing injury by lack of controlled technique during Bunkai.



I. Kata is not a dance or theatrical performance. It must adhere to the traditional values and principles. It must be realistic in fighting terms and display concentration, power, and potential impact in its techniques. It must demonstrate strength, power, and speed — as well as grace, rhythm, and balance.

II. In Team Kata, all three team members must start the Kata facing in the same direction and towards the Chief judge.

III. The members of the team must demonstrate competence in all aspects of the Kata performance, as well as synchronisation.

IV. It is the sole responsibility of the coach or the competitor to ensure that the Kata as  notified to the score table is appropriate for that particular round



RULES for Competition KUMITE - WKF

 A score is awarded when a technique is performed according to the Six criteria and to one of the seven scoring areas:

a) Head             b) Face             c) Neck             d) Abdomen      e) Chest            f) Back             g) Side


a) Good Form A technique with characteristics conferring probable effectiveness within the framework of traditional Karate concepts.

b) Sporting Attitude refers to a non-malicious attitude of great concentration obvious during delivery of the scoring technique.

c) Vigorous Application defines the power and speed of the technique and the palpable will for it to succeed.

d) Awareness(Zanshin) State of continued commitment in which the contestant maintains awareness of the opponent's potential to counter-attack.

e) Good Timing means delivering a technique when it will have the greatest potential effect

f) Correct Distance similarly means delivering a technique at the precise distance where it will have the greatest potential effect.


In order to score, a technique must be applied to a scoring area as defined above. The technique must be appropriately controlled with regard to the area being attacked and must satisfy all six scoring criteria.



Ippon                         (3 points) is awarded for:

1. Jodan kicks. Jodan being defined as the face, head and neck.

2. Any scoring technique which is delivered on an opponent who has been thrown, has fallen of their own accord, or is otherwise off their feet (Torso Touching the floor)

Waza-Ari          (2 points) is awarded for:

1. Chudan kicks. Chudan being defined as the abdomen, chest, back and side.

Yuko              (1 point) is awarded for:

1. Any punch (Tsuki) delivered to any of the seven scoring areas.

2. Any strike (Uchi) delivered to any of the seven scoring areas.


HANTEI: In individual bouts, if after full time there are no scores, or scores are equal, the decision will be made by a final vote of the four Judges and the Referee, each casting their vote. A decision in favour of one or the other competitor is obligatory and is taken on the basis of the following criteria:

a) The attitude, fighting spirit, and strength demonstrated by the contestants.

b) The superiority of tactics and techniques displayed.

c) Which of the contestants has initiated the majority of the actions.

 SENSHU:      First unopposed point advantage

 P R O H I B I T E D B E H AV I O U R              There are two categories of prohibited behaviour, Category 1 and Category 2.


1.Techniques which make excessive contact, having regard to the scoring area attacked, and techniques which make contact with the throat.

2. Attacks to the arms or legs, groin, joints, or instep.

3. Attacks to the face with open hand techniques.

4. Dangerous or forbidden throwing techniques.



1. Feigning, or exaggerating injury.

2. Exit from the competition area (JOGAI) not caused by the opponent.

3. Self-endangerment, behaviour which exposes the contestant to injury by the opponent, fail to take adequate measures for self-protection, (MUBOBI).

4. Avoiding combat as a means of preventing the opponent having the opportunity to score.

5. Passivity–not attempting to engage in combat. (Cannot be given after less than the last 10 seconds of the match)

6. Clinching, wrestling, pushing, or standing chest to chest without attempting a scoring technique or takedown.

7. Grabbing the opponent with both hands for any other reasons than executing a takedown upon catching the opponents kicking leg.

8. Grabbing the opponents arm or karate gi with one hand without immediately attempting a scoring technique or takedown.

9. Techniques, which by their nature, cannot be controlled for the safety of the opponent and dangerous and uncontrolled attacks.

10. Simulated attacks with the head, knees, or elbows.

11. Talking to, or goading the opponent, failing to obey the orders of or discourteous behaviour towards the Refereeing officials, breaches of etiquette.

 ***The full set of WKF rules can be found on the WKF website***

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