BRIEF SUMMARY OF RULES
All entries must be made via a bona fide Club or Association.
Only club Instructors, coaches or appointed administrators may make entries
It is the responsibility of each club/Association Coach to ensure that all competitors have a valid and up-to-date licence. No competitor may enter without a valid licence.
On rare occasions when there are no entries, or one entry in a category, the category will be cancelled. Categories will only go ahead with two or more entries.
(In the unlikely event that competitors or teams withdraw on the day, after the draw has been published, leaving only one entry, points will be awarded to the remaining entry)
Please Note: Competitors age and Grade on the date of the first event of the season dictates their category for the entire season, therefore, although an athlete may have a birthday and advance in grade during the season, they remain in the same category for the duration of the season.
Confusion often arises when spectators/coaches/athletes see a ‘Brown Belt’ compete in the ‘Novice’ categories. The explanation being that the athlete was not a brown Belt when the season started, and must therefore stay in the Novice categories.
WKL Kata Rules
WKL Kata rules are based on WUKF rules.
Scoreboards are used.
There will be two rounds regardless of number of competitors.
After the first round, the top six scoring competitors progress to the final round.
The scores from first and final round for these six are combined to find the top four.
Where Kata categories are split into 'novice ' and 'advanced' sections, only Heian, Pinan or equivalent Kata can be performed in the Novice categories, Kata can be repeated in all rounds.
Any Kata can be performed in the 'Advanced' categories, but a different Kata must be performed in the final or in the event of a tie. Kata cannot be repeated in Advanced Kata categories.
There are three Junior 'Style' Kata categories for 8-15 year-olds. 'Shotokan' 'Wado' and 'Other Styles'
Competitors may enter only one 'Style' event as well as their age/grade appropriate Open Kata event.
Only Shotokan Kata can be performed in the 'Shotokan' category, likewise with the Wado Category.
Shotokan and Wado Kata cannot be performed in the 'Other Styles' category which is for styles other than Shotokan and Wado (Shito-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Kyokushin. etc.) Any Kata from the style can be performed in each round and may be repeated.
Where there are no 'Novice' and 'Advanced' stipulations in a category, any Kata can be performed and can be repeated, this includes Teams, U8's, Mens, Ladies and all Veteran categories.
Belt of grade should be worn in Kata.
Junior 3-person Kata teams are mixed gender and are representing their club, therefore the line-up can change between events, however no individual can compete for two different teams during the season.
All three team members in the U14 Team Kata Category must be U14 at the beginning of the season, likewise all three team members in the 14+ event must be 14 or over at the beginning of the season.
Only Kata found on the WUKF Kata list can be used.
WKL Kumite Rules
WKL Kumite rules are based on WUKF rules
Competitors are AKA (Red belts, red mitts) or SHIRO (White belts, white mitts)
All competitors must wear Gum shields unless they are twelve years and below and are wearing the approved Head guards.
Shinguards and Foot guards are optional (from WKL 6, 2018-19 Season).
Competitors in the U8, U10, & U12 events compete in Nihon Shobu (two full points or accumulated scores to total two full points) and matches last 1 minute 30 seconds.
U14s, U16s, U18's, Adults and Veterans compete in Shobu Sanbon (three full points or accumulated scores to total three full points) and fight for two minutes*
* Senior Males Only fight for three minutes.
Kumite teams (3 person) comprise two males, one female. Males fight males, females fight females. The line-up must be: Male-Female-Male.
All team members must be members of the club they are representing.
If a Kumite team cannot present three competitors, they may enter with two, on the condition that they present One Male and One female, and with the understanding that they will forfeit one bout. In the event of a tie, the result of the male vs male will decide the winner. If a fight-off is required, the male competitor will match one of the males from the other team.
All team members must fight in the appropriate age team, and eligible to fight in the same age individual event. For example all members of the U12 team must be 10 or 11 years old at the start of the season, fighting up an age range is not allowed.
16 and 17 year-olds may move up to the adult events, but only with the express permission of both parents and coaches, with the understanding they will probably be competing against older, probably more experienced and probably stronger competitors.
As teams are representing their clubs, the line-up can change during the season, however no individual can compete for two different teams during the season.
The 'Jukuren Challenge' is for younger competitors, U’6s, U8s, U10s and U12's. In this event two competitors, (Aka and Shiro) have 30 seconds to demonstrate their Kumite techniques on a standing target (free standing punch/kick bag) Three judges will declare the competitor with the superior volume, quality and variety of techniques the winner.
U6 Mixed: 4 & 5 years mixed gender, all grades
U8 Novice: Beginner-8th Kyu. U8 Advanced: 7th Kyu & above
U10 Novice: Beginner-4th Kyu. U10 Advanced: 3rd Kyu & above
U12 Novice: Beginner-4th Kyu. U12 Advanced: 3rd Kyu & above
Novice & Advanced Categories in Kata & kumite
In Kata and Kumite events: Novice categories are for Beginner to 4th Kyu, Advanced categories are for 3rd Kyu and above.
Champions of Champions
Individuals are awarded medals at each event, with a gold, silver and two bronze medals being awarded in each category. Further to medals, ten points are awarded for first place, six points for second place and three points for third places. All other competitors receive One point.
At the end of the season the individual with the highest accumulated points in each category is awarded the 'Champion of Champions' award in that category. Second and third places will also receive awards.
Furthermore, the individual with the highest overall points score, adding their individual age/grade Kata category to their Individual Kumite category, will be awarded the 'Overall Champion of Champions' trophy, Second and third places will also receive awards.
In the event of a tie on points, the medal tally is taken into account, with gold medals won being the first criteria, then silvers and then bronzes. If a tie persists, the organisers will consult in finding a winner.
The Club award will go to the club at the top of the medal table. Second and third place clubs will also receive awards.
Entry & Admission Fees
Spectators pay £5. Under 5's enter free.
Individual Kata and Kumite events cost £12 (£15 at the Finale)
Jukuren Challenge events cost £10 (£12 at the Finale)
Parent & Child Kata events cost £15 per pair (£17 at the Finale)
Team Kata & Team Kumite events cost £17 per team (£20 at the Finale)