Michigan Karate Tournament

The tournament consists of the following events.  Rules for each event are included in the Tournament Package on the pages listed below.

Flag Sparring 

Limited to children ages 5 to 11 years not yet into free sparring (Kumite).

Flag sparring is a form of non-contact sparring.  To flag spar, competitors are fitted with two "flags", fragments of belt or other material, which hang at each competitor's side from their karate belts.  Competitors score by removing flags from their opponent, and win by removing all of their opponent's flags.

Competitors may participate in either Flag Sparring or Kumite, but not both.

For more detail refer to page 4 and page 6 of the Tournament Package, and Flag Sparring Rules.

Kihon

This event is for all competitors.  Competitors are judged on the basic techniques of karate.

For more detail refer to page 3 of the Tournament Package.

Kata

This event is for all competitors.  Competitors are judged on set forms appropriate to their rank.

For more detail refer to page 4 of the Tournament Package.

Team Kata

This event is for all competitors.  A team consists of three athletes performing set forms appropriate to their rank.  The performance is evaluated from the bow starting the kata until the bow ending the kata.  The team is judged on conformance to the form itself, athletic performance and technical performance.

For more detail refer to page 5 of the Tournament Package.

Kumite

This event is for all competitors.  Two competitors free spar (fight) against each other for a set period of time.  Judges award points and assess penalties as appropriate. The winner is the competitor with the most points (8 maximum) at the end of the time period.

For more detail refer to page 4 and page 6 and page 7 of the Tournament Package.

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