Rules

All competitors, coaches and referees should read these rules carefully. The section ‘General points’ contains general information about the tournament rules; information about the age and weight divisions is in the section ‘Age and weight divisions’.

General points

Competition is open to all Seido karateka

Juniors may enter the Adult division with the approval of their coach but NOT BOTH divisions, or by splitting entries over the two divisions, eg kata with Adults and kumite with Juniors.

We have included this separate Junior division to encourage those karateka who still see themselves transitioning into the Adult division at a competition level, especially for kumite events.

If you are unsure whether to enter as a Junior or an Adult please discuss with your local dojo instructor/coach and seek their advice.

Rules PDFs

For Kata rules click here

For permissible kata for each grade click here

For Points Kumite rules click here

For Contact Kumite rules click here

Age and Weight Divisions

Youth are aged 12 – 15 years (on day of competition)

Juniors are aged 16 to 19 years (on day of competition)

Adults are aged 20 years and above

Masters are aged 45 years and above, for contact kumite only

Kata

Youth and Junior kata competition is organised into separate kyu and dan grades, depending on numbers of entries we may offer two age groupings

Adult kata competition is organised into separate kyu and dan grades

Weapons kata competition is open to and organised into dan grades

Kumite

Competition (points and contact) is open to 4th kyu and above, organised by gender, grade and weight division; there is a separate contact kumite division for masters (45+ years).  Headgear is compulsory for competitors under 16, and optional for competitors 16 and over.

Youth  competition is points kumite only and will be organised into divisions by gender and weight. Depending on entry numbers the tournament organisers will endeavor to offer at least two  age / weight groupings in youth points kumite.

Junior  competition is points kumite only and will be organised into divisions by gender and weight. Depending on entry numbers the tournament organisers will endeavor to offer at least two  age / weight groupings for youth points kumite.

Adults competition for all kumite events are organised into divisions by gender and weight. Tournament organisers may combine divisions, depending on numbers of entrants.

Women (Adults and Masters)

Lightweight   (under 60kg)

Middleweight (under 70kg)

Heavyweight (under 82kg)

Super heavyweight (over 82kg)

Men (Adults and Masters)

Lightweight (under 65kg)

Light Middleweight (under 75kg)

Middleweight (under 85kg)

Heavyweight (under 95kg)

Super heavyweight (over 95kg)