The competition will be held according to WKF rules but with the following Kofukan International variations.



Points to win:

In Children's Kumite the first competitor to gain 6 points will be the winner.


Length of matches:
  • Children 13 and under Kumite: 1,5 minutes
  • Cadet & Junior Kumite: 2 minutes
  • Senior Female Kumite: 3 minutes
  • Senior Male Kumite: 3 minutes


Team kumite:
  • Junior Team Kumite: Each team is 3 competitors of either 16 or 17 years old plus 1 reserve.
  • All team contests are open weight and height, so coaches must assure that their athletes can tolerate the potential differences.


Number of participants in categories: The minimum number normally required to hold a contest in any individual category is 4. If there are less than 4 competitors, the category will be combined with the one above (higher weight).

















Rule set:

Use Kofukan International rules


Kata requirements:

For Children – any kata is allowed

For Cadets – no Pinan Katas will be allowed

For Juniors & Seniors – only katas from tournament kata list allowed

For all - only Kofukan versions of katas allowed


Children and Cadets Kata:

Individual categories

Free choice of kata, but the competitor must perform a different kata in the bronze final and the final, than they performed in the previous round.


Team kata

Free choice of kata. The team can perform the same kata throughout the competition.

No bunkai required.


Junior and Seniors Kata:

Individual categories

If there are more than 8 participants in a category, 2 preliminary rounds using the points system will take place to determine the top 8 competitors.

In this case, all participants in the category will perform one Itosu kata (list A) and one Higaonna kata (list B), though not necessarily in that order.

The highest scoring 8 competitors will go through to the following knockout rounds using the flag system.

If there are 8 participants or less in a category, they will go directly to the knock-out rounds using the flag system.

In the knock-out rounds any kata from list A, B or C can be performed.

No kata to be repeated within the first 5 rounds.


Team kata

Teams are required to perform a minimum of 2 different katas from list A, B or C below, i.e. a different kata in the bronze final and the final than they performed in the previous round.

No bunkai required.


































Tournament kata list

List A: Itosu

List B: Higaonna

List C: Other

  • Bassai Dai
  • Bassai Sho
  • Kosokun Dai
  • Kosokun Sho
  • Shiho Kosokun
  • Jitte
  • Jiin
  • Jion
  • Wanshu
  • Matsukaze
  • Rohai Shodan
  • Rohai Nidan
  • Rohai Sandan
  • Chinto
  • Chintei
  • Useishi
  • Saifa
  • Seienchin
  • Seisan
  • Seipai
  • Sanseiru
  • Shissochin
  • Kururunfa
  • Suparinpai
  • Niseishi
  • Sochin
  • Unshu
  • Koshiki Rohai
  • Annanko
  • Shinpa
  • Juroku
  • Nipapo
  • Matsumura no Bassai
  • Tomari Bassai
  • Matsumura no Seisan
  • Chatan Yara no Kosokun
  • Anan
  • Heiku
  • Paiku
  • Pachu



Seniors (18 years+)

Individual Kata and Kumite categories are limited to 7 male and 7 female competitors per country.

Team Kumite categories are limited to 1 team per country.

Senior Team Kata is for age 16 +, as agreed at the 2016 Pre-tournament meeting.

A maximum of 2 mixed teams per country will be allowed (mixed by age and sex as desired).


Juniors (16-17 years)

Entries are unlimited to Individual Kata and Kumite categories as well as Team Kumite events. There will be no Junior Team Kata.


Cadets and children (under 16 years)

Entries are unlimited to Individual Kata and Kumite categories as well as the Team Kata event.



Entry criteria

The competitor's age on the first day of the competition decides which age category the competitor should enter.

The minimum age for participating is 10 years old in kumite, and 7 in kata.

Age categories in Kumite may be divided into groups by height and / or weight.

This means that all participants must enter their height in centimeters and weight in kilos when signing up for the competition.

Please note that the actual height and weight of competitors will be checked when registering for the competition.



Exemption of liability

The Organizer of the tournament cannot be held responsible for any injury to competitors, spectators or other participants howsoever caused. Participants are responsible for having their own appropriate insurance cover.

Official Protest

No one may protest about a Judgement directly to the members of the Refereeing Panel.

If a Refereeing procedure appears to contravene the rules, the competitor’s coach or official representative are the only ones allowed to make a protest.

The protest will take the form of a written report submitted to the Tatami Manager immediately after the bout in which the protest was generated. (The sole exception is when the protest concerns an administrative malfunction. The Tatami Manager should be notified immediately the administrative malfunction is detected).

Any protest concerning application of the rules must be announced by the coach no later than one minute after the end of the bout.

The protest must be submitted, together with the fee of 50 Euros, via the Tatami Manager to the Chief Referee for review. Having considered all the facts available, the Chief Referee shall be empowered to take such action as may be called for.

Other Information

The organizer is not responsible for lost or damaged items during the tournament.

Heads of teams are responsible for competitor's behaviour or eventual damages made by them.

Apart from tournament officials and judges, only athletes, coaches and heads of delegations  can stay in the field of play during the tournament. Audience have to stay in the spectators area.

Press accreditation can only be given to professional journalists working for recognized media and having proof of their credentials.