Saturday – May 30 mai, 2020 – Morning

  • The Kata competition is open to participants aged 4 years old and up and ranked from 10th kyu to Black Belt.
  • A competitor cannot be enrolled in both Kata and Elite Kata (May 31).
  • A judging team consists of 3 to 5 judges, including the head judge who takes charge of the competition at the court.
  • Each participant introduces himself to the judges and announces the kata he will perform. Note that it is not required to identify the selected kata before that moment.
  • All participants must perform a traditional kata. A traditional kata is a sequence of traditional karate techniques that is learned and performed by all members of an organization; it is a required element at belt promotion tests and not a “custom made” kata for one or few members of the organization.
  • Each participant is given a mark – between 5 and 10 – by each judge; the total of the allocated marks is used to rank the participant within the division (or round).
  • Should a participant choose to perform a “nontraditional” kata (weapon kata), he/she would be disqualified, receiving the minimum mark of 5 from each judge.
  • Since traditional kata forms vary from style to style, each participant is judged according to the following criteria:
    • Flagrant mistake, loss of balance, hesitation
    • Basic stances
    • Kicking techniques
    • Punching, blocking, shuto techniques
    • Consistency in the execution of techniques
    • Balance and fluidity
    • Spirit and intensity
    • Speed and control
    • Level of difficulty of kata
  • The performance of each participant is evaluated with respect to that of the others within the division.
  • To help judges establish an evaluation basis, the 3 first participants of a division perform their kata in turn, without being given marks. Each one then comes back before the judges to receive his marks. The remaining participants perform their kata and get their marks right after their performance.
  • In the eventuality of a draw for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place within a division, the head judge asks the tied competitors to perform a kata again to establish the winner for the position.
  • Participants ranked 4th kyu to Black Belt must prepare to perform two distinct traditional kata: a first participation kata and a second one in case of a draw for one of the 3 first places. If a participant chooses to perform the same kata twice, he will be given a ½ point penalty by each judge.