rules are being used today? NASKA, NBL, AKA, SKIL, MAKA, PKC,
etc.. The World Sport Karate Federation is the latest point
tournament association entering sport karate. Make sure you
check the WSKF rules before competing.
"Because of the way the
direction of the sport is moving, it is moving more towards show as
opposed to just martial arts - that is why it is sport. It is
not just doing good solid martial arts form anymore and when you are
competing at the national level, you have to take into consideration
the performance and that carries a lot of weight when it comes to
scoring. In that aspect, its not just form. Its a
combination of good solid martial arts but then entertainment,
charisma, showmanship and choreography all in one." - XMA - Mike Chat
Neither a center judge or corner referee should be allowed to judge a
match while his/her student is competing. Have your instructor
or corner person ask the center judge and corner judges if they are
"with" your opponent. Ask them directly; is that your
student? If so, it is your option to continue or request a new
No judges or referees should be "switched" during
an individual match.
Check to see if your division is being held in more
than one ring. Most often, specific divisions are limited to one
ring in order to grade the competitors consistently.
Always Check To
- Are all trophies, medals, certificates,
or plaques on display in the tournament's main room?
- Will all trophies, medals, certificates,
or plaques be awarded before the end of the tournament?
- Certain divisions do not always give
- Musical forms
- Association divisions
- Self-defense divisions
- Weapons divisions
- If all awards are not on display:
- You are paying the competition fee but may not get your award
Words of Wisdom
"When I am judging for form competition I always
look for the fight in the competitors performance." - Sensei Jimmy White