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We have the honour of inviting you to the NZ National Karate Championships for 2020. This competition is New Zealand’s Premier Karate Event and will be held in Auckland this year. Participation in the National Championships is open to all KNZ registered players who belong to clubs/ associations who are registered and financial members of Karate New Zealand (KNZ). We look forward to seeing you there!

The 2020 New Zealand National Championships is for premier competitors aged 10 years and older.


Dates:        Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November 2020

Venue:       Auckland Netball Centre

                   7 Allison Ferguson Drive, Stonefields, Auckland

There is plenty of onsite car parking available and an onsite cafe.

 Please Note: This event will only go ahead if New Zealand is at a safe Covid-19 Alert Level.


TOURNAMENT FEES: (unlimited individual events)

Children                   (13 years old and under)                 $50.00

Cadets                     (14 – 15 years old)                            $60.00

Juniors                     (16 – 17 years old)                           $70.00

Under 21                  (18 – 20 years old)                            $70.00

Seniors                     (18 years old and over)                   $70.00

Veterans                  (35 – 44 years old)                            $70.00

Super Veterans        (45 years old and over)                   $70.00

Team Events           Kata – club based                             $45.00

                                 Kumite – regional teams                  $45.00


REGIONAL TEAMS FOR KUMITE: i.e. Auckland Northland, Central North Island, Lower North Island, Canterbury Westland and Otago Southland

Senior Teams: (18years and older) - 1 male team & 1 female team

Cadet/ Junior Teams: (1 x 14-15 years old, 1 x 15-16 years old and 1 x 16-17 years old) - 1 male team & 1 female team

U'14 Teams: (1 x 10-11 years old, 1 x 11-12 years old and 1 x 12-13 years old) - 2 male teams & 2 female teams



All entries and payments must be completed by a delegate from each club. When paying entry fees by internet banking please ensure that you note that the payment is for NZ National Championships. We will endeavour to combine entry fees for all three National competitions so this is paid as one club payment.


  • All entries must be received by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 17th OCTOBER 2020 – two weeks prior to the competitions

  • All entry fees must be received by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER 2020 – one week prior to the competitions


Please note:


For enquiries please email:

SPECTATORS – Gold Coin donation

PLEASE NOTE:  Athletes and spectators may be filmed for SKY TV live web streaming and may be used on a highlights package (with options for international viewing as well). So anyone attending the venue on Saturday may be filmed. By attending you give consent to potentially being filmed or interviewed.




Please consult the draw and timetable on the Sportdata website for final times closer to the tournament time when competitor numbers are confirmed,


Saturday 3rd October:

8:00 am

Doors Open

8:30 am

Referee, coaches, table staff and marshals training.

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Athlete registration and weigh-in for National Championship (Premier Grades 12 Years and older)  and National Secondary Schools’ competitors.

12:00 pm

The National Championships and the National Secondary Schools’ competitions begin with Kata

4:00 pm to 5:20 pm 

Athlete registration and weigh-in for National Championships (Veteran and 10 – 11-Year-Olds) and NZ Cup competitors (Non-Premier Grades) competitors

5:30 pm

Finals held for Female & Male Kata followed by Kumite finals for Female & Male from cadets to seniors

7:30 pm

Estimated Finish Time


Sunday 4th October:

8:00 am

Doors Open for warm-up

9:00 am

National Championships for premier 10 to 13 Years old & Veteran Kata competitors, inclusive, and for the NZ Cup competitors, beginning with Kata

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm 

Lunch break

1:20 pm

Competition continues

5:30 pm

Estimated Finish Time


  • Players cannot enter more than one level in Kata or Kumite at the same tournament

  • Non-premier events will not be considered by NZ selectors regarding National Team and Squad selection

  • During the bow in at the beginning of the tournament, all players must be in Gi or Club tracksuit and must present themselves correctly

  • Coaches must wear their club tracksuits while coaching

  • WKF Rules will be applied in the Tournament

  • All entries are final. Ensure all entries are completed correctly as incorrect age or weight information may result in disqualification from the tournament

  • Coaches/Clubs please ensure your player information is up to date in the Sportdata system, athletes get older and heavier/lighter and change grades. (The Sportdata system will only adjust age – not weight or grade). Coaches must attend the Coaches Briefing and Seminar, in the morning, on Saturday 3rd October (the time is to be confirmed).

  • All Coaches MUST be registered on Sportdata, no unauthorised persons will be allowed on the tatami at any time.

  • The Organising Committee reserves the right to withdraw, combine or change Event Categories if and when required up to 48 hours prior to the Competition Opening.


WKF 2020 rules will apply with the following modifications: 


The judging of the Kata competition for the competitors 13 and under will follow the old WKF flag system The new electronic WKF kata judging system will be used in the senior competition.


Premier Kata - any approved WKF kata. No Repeats as per WKF rules.

Team Kata 

  • 10 – 13 years Kata can be repeated but not consecutively, Bunkai required for medal rounds

  • 14 – 16 years Kata can be repeated but not consecutively, Bunkai required for medal rounds

  • 16 years+ Free Kata in all rounds, no repetition permitted, Bunkai required for medal rounds

NB: Competitors must announce the name of the kata they will be performing before they start performing the kata. They must also bow inside the competition area before starting and bow after completing the kata. The competitor will be disqualified for failing to do so.



For ages 13 and under, techniques to the head can score but absolutely NO contact to head will be allowed. Any contact (unless by self-endangerment—Mubobi) including skin touch will be penalised. 

WKF points, warning and penalty systems will be used for all Kumite Events.

For ages 14 and over, the WKF rules will apply.


KUMITE BOUT DURATION for Male and Female

  • 10 – 13 years old 1.5 minutes (Stop Clock)

  • 14 – 17 years old 2.0 minutes (as per WKF rules)

  • 18 years and older (U’21 and Senior) 3.0 min (as per WKF Rules)

  • Veteran & Super Veterans 2.0 minutes



All competitors (Kumite and Kata) must wear a clean white Gi in good condition. 

Development or Intermediate divisions: may have personal embroidery on their Gi's, and their belts. Players in Premier divisions: must follow the WKF rules ie. white karate gi without stripes, piping or personal embroidery.

ALL KUMITE COMPETITORS MUST WEAR Mouthguards, Chest protectors, Red and Blue belts and Red and blue hand mitts (matching the belt they are competing in). Red and blue foot protectors which must match the belt colour. 

All Equipment must be KNZ, Oceania or WKF approved

Kumite competitors may wear their own groin protectors (WKF type)

Female Kumite 11-year-olds & above – advised to wear approved chest protectors (breast protector) underneath the body protector

Head protection – it is suggested (not compulsory) that you wear the WKF face mask or other padded protection deemed acceptable by the tournament director.



Kata: (Premier) – 10 years of age and older, any Kata but no repeats, WKF rules apply. Those attempting National teams must be in Premier divisions.

Kumite: – All Kumite divisions will be split into weight divisions so please make sure your weight is correctly entered on Sportdata otherwise you may be disqualified from competing.

Note - A competitor can only enter in one division, but the division can be different for Kata and Kumite.



Kumite and Flagged Kata events: 

  • With categories with only 3 competitors, a ROUND ROBIN DRAW will be made.

  • With categories with 4-8 competitors, there will be a repechage for a single third place.

  • With categories with 9 or more competitors, there will be a repechage for two third places.


For Electronically scored Kata events at the National Championships, there will be elimination rounds where only the top four or eight (depending on the competitor numbers) competitors go into the next round. This is until the final round where the top 3 from the previous two groups go into the final to give a first, second and 2x third places. Please see 2020 WKF rules for more detail.



All entries must be completed online with Sportdata no later than Saturday 19th September 2020 by one person from each club/ association.

The Entry Fee must be paid either online or by internet banking no later than Saturday 26th September 2020.

NO LATE ENTRIES OR CHANGES TO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER Saturday 19th September 2020.  This will enable to tournament organisers to plan more effectively and publish the timetable earlier. If there are insufficient entries in a particular division then divisions may be combined or not held.



A full refund of Entry Fee paid can only be given if a competitor withdraws before 26th September 2020 as the draws will be finalised the next day. Refunds after this date will only be provided if a Medical Certificate is forwarded to the Tournament Director. If your event has been cancelled due to lack of numbers and you have not been reallocated to another event then you will be entitled to a refund for that portion of your entry fee.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the player’s responsibility to listen for events being called and to report to the Marshall on time. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 


TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:  Jason Ng (021899115)



2020.10.31 - 2020.11.01

Entry deadline:

2020.08.22 - 2020.10.17
Registration expired

Registration mode

Exact day (2020.10.31)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2020-12-02 10:52)




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