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Rules of Karate
Karate is a martial art developed on the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan.
1. Karate
In Japanese, kara means empty and te means hand. Karate is a non weapons based martial art that was created in Okinawa because the emperor had banned all weapons and the villagers needed to protect themselves. So they made karate an open hand or fist style fighting that would protect them. Karate today has been westernised a bit more it is more today about competition and self defence. Depending on the school, the art of Karate still has the core values and respects of the old days.The karate uniform is called a dogi or gi pronounced gee. Karate is sport about self protection, self control, self discipline and it gains you confidence.
2. Traditional Kata
only Japanese and Okinawan style kata are allowed (no theatric or non - traditional movements or shouts).Free selection (Tokui) of kata, there will be no mandatory (Shitei) kata. Kata will be judged on flag system where two competitors perform their kata simultaneously in the same ring. Judges will indicate their winning competitor by show of a flag after both katas are complete. Elimination round winners will compete until a division winner is determined. First round losers will compete in a second round to determine 2nd and 3rd places. Uniforms white traditional karate uniform . Team kata will consist of 3 members on each team.
3. Traditional Weapons Kata
Weapons must be of appropriate size and weight for the competitor. Only traditional Kobudo weapons are allowed bo, sai, tonfa, kama and eku/oar (nunch aku are not allowed in NY state). Competitors will perform their kata one at time and are given a numerical score from the judges. Uniforms white traditional karate uniform . Team kata will consist of 3 members on each team.
4. Traditional Karate Sparring
Shobu Sanbon (3 point match) Competitors will be Aka (red) or Shiro (white) Individual divisions based on age, experience, and weight Team3 members per team, an official form defining the names and fighting order of the team must be turned in to the official table prior to the start of the match. Winner of a team match is based on the individual matches won. If there is a tie, the team with the most points scored is the winning team. Scoring Ippon 1pt Waza ari= ? pt Sanbon is a com bination totaling 3 pts. Ippon is awarded for good form, correct attitude, vigorous application, zanshin (perfect finish), proper timing, and correct distance. Attacks are limited to the following areas: head, face, neck (excluding throat) , abdomen, back (excluding top of shoulders), and side. Uniform white traditional uniform, mouth guard, white AAU approved sparring mitts, 18 and under AAU approved headgear with face shield, men must wear groin cup protector.
5. All Traditional Karate Events
Officials referees must be experienced in AAU or WKF style karate competitions and understand the rules, giving the highest regard for the safety of the competitors and the fairness of the competition. Divisions: White Belt Beginner < 1 year training Green Belt Novice 1 2 years training Brown Belt Intermediate 2 4 years training Black Belt Advanced 4+ years training.



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