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  • The 31st Annual

    U of M


    Minneapolis, MN
    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    This is the Club’s only fundraising event and it’s become one of the most popular & well-attended traditional karate tournaments in Minnesota.  The U of M Shotokan Karate Club was founded in 1967 and is one of the oldest sports clubs at the University.  Please come and support this long-lasting club at the U. Donations are welcome!

    The event includes Youth and Adult Tournaments and free a Judge’s Seminar hosted by experienced international athletes and judges.
    ITKF Rules and Open to all Traditional Karateka Styles, Organizations, & Ranks.

    Events: Kata | Team Kata | Enbu | Kumite
    Gold, Silver, & Bronze medals awarded

    JUDGES’ SEMINAR 10-11am


    9:30am: Check-In Begins
    10am: Youth Check-In Closes
    10-11am:  Guest Appearance by Goldy Gopher
    11am: Youth Tournament Begins
    1pm: Estimated end of Youth Tournament


    9:30am: Check-In Begins
    Noon: Adult Check-In Closes
    1pm: Adult Tournament Begins
    4pm: Estimated End of Adult Tournament


    1st event is $25 and then add $5 for each additional event
    Families pay no more than $60
    $5 off if pre-registered by Feb 28


    Khanh Duong, Club President



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    $5 discount if pre-registered by Friday, February 26. Pay by cash or check at the tournament – do not mail.  Checks payable to “UMN Shotokan Karate Club.”


    The Commons Hotel (on campus)
    615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612-379-8888  |  Website

    This hotel is on campus and is immediately adjacent to the tournament.  It is also located on a Light Rail stop that can take you to the Mall of America, Airport, and Downtown Minneapolis.

    We have not blocked rooms at this hotel.  We recommend the “Park & Save Package”


    Mall of America
    5 minutes from hotel by car or Light Rail (Nickelodeon Universe & SEA Life Minnesota Aquarium)
    Historic Fort Snelling
    5 minutes from hotel by car
    Downtown Minneapolis
    10 minutes from hotel by car or 30 minutes via Light Rail
    Target Field
    Home of the Minnesota Twins | Downtown Mpls
    US Bank Stadium
    Home of the Minnesota Vikings | Downtown Mpls
    • Mississippi Riverfront District
    Downtown Mpls
    • Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes
    10 minutes from hotel by car


    University of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center
    123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

    IMPORTANT PARKING INFO!!!: Don’t event think about parking anywhere but at the Washington Street Ramp which is across the street from the entrance to the Rec Center and skyway connected to the Commons Hotel.  There’s simply no other option and you will be miserable walking a half a mile to the event in the cold if you don’t heed this advice.  The rate is $8-$12 for the day. 



    Fly to (MSP) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Light rail is available from Airport directly to the Hotel & Tournament venue.


    March is late winter in the Twin Cities and it can be anywhere from moderately cold to very cold and snowy.  Bring warm clothing, a heavy jacket, and sensible footwear.


    As in the past, the tournament shall follow Traditional Karate Rules used in the ITKF Rulebook.  Competitors from different affiliations will find these rules similar to most traditional styles – welcoming all traditional kata and using “Shobu Ippon” kumite judging.  Note: The youngest youth competitors and lower-ranked adults will be using Jyu Ippon Kumite (semi-free / 1-step kumite with 3 specific attacks).  Please see the specific procedures for this style of kumite in the “Rules” section below.

    Rank Category Definitions

    White = 10th Kyu     Yellow = 9th Kyu     Orange = 8th-7th Kyu    Green = 6th Kyu
    Purple = 5th-4th Kyu     Brown = 3rd-1st Kyu      Black =  Shodan & up
    It is fine to wear a different colored belt for your kyu level – the above categories just serve to simplify the process for table officials.

    • Age Divisions & Rank Categories may be split or combined depending on attendance.
    • If a youth athlete is too small or big for their age, they may be entered into a different age group.
    • Youth athletes may choose to compete in the Adult Tournament in Kata, Enbu, or Team Kata.


    Description: Athletes perform any traditional karate kata of their choice.  (no limits on chosen kata)
    Youth Scoring:  Flag Scoring/Round Robin |  2 athletes per match | All athletes face everyone in their pool once.  (Brown/Black category will use Point Scoring & Single elimination)
    Adult Scoring:  Point Scoring/Single Elimination
    Note: Elimination events may require multiple rounds depending on the number of athletes.

    Age 5-8    White-Orange
    Age 5-8    Green & up  (combined)
    Age 9-11    White-Orange
    Age 9-11    Green-Purple
    Age 9-11    Brown/Black
    Age 12-14    White-Orange
    Age 12-14    Green/Purple

    Age 12-14    Brown/Black
    Age 15-17    White-Orange
    Age 15-17    Green/Purple
    Age 15-17    Brown/Black

    Women 18+    White/Orange
    Women 18+    Green/Purple
    Women 18+    Brown
    Women 18+    Black
    Men 18+     White/Orange
    Men 18+    Green/Purple
    Men 18+    Brown
    Men 18+    Black

    Team Kata  (all mixed gender)

    Description:  A 3-person team performs any traditional karate kata of their choice simultaneously.
    Scoring:  Point Scoring | Single Elimination  |  Each team performs once | Bunkai required for Adult Brown/Black teams only

    Age 5-11     White/Orange
    Age 5-11     Green/Purple
    Age 5-11     Brown/Black
    Age 12-17     White/Orange
    Age 12-17     Green/Purple
    Age 12-17     Brown/Black

    Age 18+     White/Orange
    Age 18+     Green/Purple
    Age 18+     Brown/Black

    Enbu (all mixed gender)

    Description:  A 2 or 3 person team performs a choreographed kumite demonstration for 60 seconds.
    Scoring:  Point Scoring | Single Elimination  |  Each team performs once  |  Any mix of boys/girls or men/women is permitted.

    Age 5-10     Mixed Ranks
    Age 11-17     Mixed Ranks

    Age 18+     Green – Brown
    Age 18+     Black

    Kumite   (see “Rules” tab for specific kumite procedures)

    Description:  Non-contact Jyu Ippon/1-Step or Jyu (free sparring) Kumite.
    Scoring for Free Sparring = Point Scoring resulting in Win/Loss |  Single Elimination
    Scoring for Jyu Ippon (semi-free/1-step) = Flag Scoring  |  Single Elimination
    Note:  Elimination events may require multiple rounds depending on the number of athletes.

    Age 5-8     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Age 5-8     Green and up      (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Age 9-11     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Age 9-11     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Age 9-11     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
    Girls 12-14     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Girls 12-14     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Girls 12-14     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
    Boys 12-14     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Boys 12-14     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Boys 12-14     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
    Girls 15-17     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Girls 15-17     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Girls 15-17     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
    Boys 15-17     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Boys 15-17     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Boys 15-17     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)

    Women 18-49     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Women 18-49     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Women 18-49     Brown     (Free Sparring)
    Women 18-49     Black     (Free Sparring)
    Men 18-49     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
    Men 18-49     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
    Men 18-49     Brown     (Free Sparring)
    Men 18-49     Black     (Free Sparring)
    Women 50+     Black Belt only     (Free Sparring)
    Men 50+     Black Belt only     (Free Sparring)

    General Safety Rules:

    • No eye glasses or safety glasses will be permitted to be worn during jyu kumite (free sparring).
    • No jewelry of any type will be permitted to be worn by athletes (male or female).
    • Only soft hair accessories will be permitted.
    • Fingernails and toenails must be trimmed short.
    • Hair must not impede the vision of the athlete.
    • No headgear, footpads, shoes, shin guards, or hard plastic/metal braces may be worn.

    Team Competition Rules

    • Athletes may compete on only one team per event.
    • Age Division/Rank Category for teams are calculated by average age/rank of all team members.

    Team Kumite  (If Time Permits Inclusion of this Event)

    • Kumite Team Captain must turn in the names of team mates to the ring table including the alternate and the order they will be fighting.
    • Once submitted, the list can only be changed if one athlete can’t continue and the alternate is needed.
    • In case of a draw, team captains will pick one member to fight to break the tie; the match will be for one minute “Sudden Death” match – the athlete that scores first is declared winner.

    Jyu Kumite (Free Sparring)

    • Traditional non-contact “Shobu Ippon-Style” Kumite
    Ippon = 10 points / Wazari = 4 points / Keikoku Penalty = 2 points / Chui Penalty = 4 points
    Winner declared with 1 Ippon OR 2 Wazaris OR the highest number of points at the end of the match.
    • 1.5 minute matches (calculated using “action time” not “running time”)
    >>Please note the following technical clarifications:
    • Punching with back heel coming off the floor does not automatically disqualify a point.
    • For punches, spine should be perpendicular to the floor to qualify as a point.
    • Mawashi or Ushiro Mawashi Geri using top or bottom of foot IS considered a qualified technique/body part for attacks to Jodan only.

    Jyu Ippon Kumite  (Semi-Free/1-Step Kumite)

    Jyu Ippon Kumite is non-contact semi-free 1-step sparring with specified attacking & defending sides. Attacker attacks 3 times and defender must block and counter each time.  The attacks are completed in this specific order:  1.) Step-in Punch Jodan;  2.) Step-in Punch Chudan;  3.) Front Kick Chudan (back leg only). Defender may defend with any block and any counter (both are required).  After each attack and defense, the athletes start a new sequence.  Judging is by show of flags at the end of all six sequences. Athletes are judged cumulatively on their overall skill in attacking, defending, and avoidance of penalties.
    >> Match Procedure:
    • One athlete wears a red belt or sash and is called Aka (red) – Aka’s opponent (without a belt) is called Shiro (white).
    • Both athletes start from Shizentai (standing natural stance) on their respective marks.
    • Aka (red) side always attacks first.
    • Shushin starts match with the respective announcement indicating the side attacking and the attacking technique  i.e., “Aka, Kogeki, Oi Zuki Jodan…Hajime!”  (red side – attacking – step-in punch head – begin!)
    • Both sides engage immediately by assuming fighting position (Jyu Kamae) and attacker may attack at any time.
    ……..• Just like regular sparring, athletes can move freely around the ring.
    ……..• Athletes can attack or defend with either leg forward.
    ……..• Attacker may commence their one attack at any time and must remain still after each attack.
    ……..• Attacker must attack within 30 seconds or that sequence will be forfeit to the defender.
    ……..• Out of bounds (Jogai) or any excessive contact will result in a forfeiture of that sequence to other athlete.
    ……..• Attacker should not try to block the defender’s counter.
    ……..• After each sequence, athletes return to their starting points in Shizentai.
    • After Aka completes the three attacks, Shushin will repeat the sequence with Shiro as attacker.
    • After all six sequences are complete, athletes return their starting points and Shushin calls for a winner by show of flags by the 4 corner judges.
    • In the case of a tie, Shushin shall decide the winner.
    NOTE:  Athletes should memorize the sequence and the Japanese words for the three attacks in advance.

    Athlete Checklist (applies to all athletes)

    Dress Code:
    • Traditional White Karate Gi  |  No rolled or cuffed pants or sleeves are allowed

    Required Equipment:
    • Mouth Guards required for Jyu Kumite (free sparring)
    • Hand protectors required for free sparring regardless of rank, age or sex.
    For medical safety, hand protectors cannot be shared between athletes.
    • Breast protector for women & groin protector for men are optional.

    Time Schedule:
    • Youth Athletes report to event site by 9:30am for check-in.
    • Adult Athletes report to event site by Noon for bow-in.
    • All athletes must be present at the start of each respective tournament to be examined as a group by the Medical Judge.

    Judge Checklist  (Applies to all Shushin & Fukushin)

    Dress Code:
    • All judges should wear a Black Hakama over a White Traditional Karate Gi
    (please don’t wear your karate belt over the hakama and don’t hike up the sides.)
    • Judges wear no socks or shoes when judging.

    Required Equipment:
    • Whistle
    • ITKF Rulebook  (we’ll have extras on hand if you are from a different style/affiliation)

    Time Schedule:
    • Report to event by 9:30am for judge’s seminar.
    • Judges officiating at the event must attend the Judges’ Seminar held before the tournament.
    • Final selection of judges will be made during Judges’ Seminar held before the tournament.

    Checklist for Officials & Volunteers
    (Recorders, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners, Registrars, & Concession Staff)

    Dress Code:
    • No official dress code – please look normal & wear comfortable shoes & socks.

    Time Schedule:
    • Report to your respective assignment at least 30 minutes prior to commencement.

    NOTE: The club usually provides snacks at the tournament and there are water dispensers throughout the facility.