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 and Cadets Kumite: 1,5 minutes
  • Junior Kumite: 2 minutes
  • Senior Female Kumite: 2 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

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, then 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).

There will be no Junior Team Kata.

Juniors (16-17 years)

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

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 competitors 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.


Please notice that there will be repechage for the 3rd place in all kumite categories – both individual and team.

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.

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