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National Karate Championships 2017

On July 15, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Posted in Competition | Lower North Island

2016 National Karate Championships

The 2017 New Zealand National Karate Championships will be held in Wellington on 15-16 July.

Details of the tournament and entry is handled via Sportdata.


Update regarding New Zealand National Championships 2017 - 12th July

The draws have been published for the upcoming championships to take place this weekend. It is important that all Sensei's, coaches, players and parents confirm that your players are in the correct draws prior to the tournament. Requests for changes to the draws will not be accepted on the day unless due to our administrative error.

Please be aware the the draws can be downloaded prior to the tournament, viewed on mobile device, or there is a Sportdata app available on Google Play which will be refreshed regularly with progress of divisions as they progress.


Update regarding New Zealand National Championships 2017 - 7th July

 This years tournament and camp has had a very large number of enquiries and we are still processing player registrations for the tournament and camp applications. To this end, the entry deadline for the tournament will be postponed to Sunday, 9th July 2017. We are aiming to have all KNZ player registration numbers sent out by end of today so please be patient.

Please also be aware that full protective equipment will be required by all competitors for Kumite divisions. This includes Body Protectors for all players 14 years and above as well as Childrens Chest Protectors worn outside the Gi for all competitors aged 13 years and below. Facemasks are not required for any age. Body Protectors and Childrens Chest Protectors will be available for purchase at the tournament.


Downloads and Important Links
2017 New Zealand National Karate Championships on Sportdata 
Draws for 2017 New Zealand National Karate Championships on Sportdata


Karate NZ Specific Rules

Karate NZ follow the WKF Kata and Kumite Competition Rules. These are available on the Karate NZ website under the Competition section.

The following modifications to the WKF rules are in operation at Karate NZ events. This includes the New Zealand National Karate Championships.

General Rules

  • Divisions may be split into 3 levels. Development, Intermediate and Premier
    • Development - Less than 5 Karate NZ tournaments AND less than 60% of the way to black belt. Eg. In a 10 Kyu system, less than 4th Kyu
    • Intermediate - Less than 10 Karate NZ tournaments
    • Premier - Open to all players
  • Players cannot enter more than one level at the same tournament
  • Non premier events will not be considered by Selectors regarding National Team and Squad selection
  • Article 2 of the WKF rules stipulates that "Contestants must wear a white karate gi without stripes, piping or personal embroidery". Players in Development or Intermediate level competition may have personal embroidery on their Gi's, and their Belts. Players in premier divisions must follow the WKF rules.
  • During the bow in at the beginning of tournament all players must be in Gi or Tracksuit and must present themselves correctly

Kata Rules

  • Development Kata Events are limited to Kihon Kata and Competitors can repeat each round.
    • Heian 1-5
    • Pinan 1-5
    • Gekisai 1-2
    • Saifa.  
  • Intermediate Kata Events may use any kata from the official WKF list. (This list includes the above Development Kata).  Repeat ABCABC. Ie. Competitors must know at least 3 different Kata to enter Intermediate level Kata competition.
  • Premier Kata Events may use any kata from the official WKF list. (This list includes the above Development Kata).  Repeats are not allowed.
  • For Under 10 years there may not be premier divisions, in which case experienced athletes can enter Intermediate if available, or Development if not.

Kumite Rules

  • Article 2 of the WKF rules stipulates that "All protective equipment must be WKF homologated". For Karate NZ competition, it is sufficient for the protective equipment to be of a WKF style.
  • Appendix 10 of the WKF rules stipulates specific rules for childrens competition aged 10 to 13. For Karate NZ competition, the following rules will be used for all children aged 13 and below:
    • For techniques to the head and neck (Jodan area) no contact is allowed. 
    • Any contact to the jodan area , however slight, in principle will be penalized. 
    • A correctly performed technique to the head or neck in principle will be considered a score at a distance up to 10 cm. 
    • The bout duration is one and a half minutes. 
    • WKF Children Chest Protector is required to be worn outside the Gi