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We have the honour of inviting you to the NZ National Karate Championships and the New Zealand National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships for 2021. 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 registered and financial members of Karate New Zealand (KNZ).

The 2021 New Zealand National Karate Championships is for premier competitors aged ten years and older. To participate in the National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships, players must currently attend a New Zealand Secondary School (homeschooled competitors can not enter the National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships). Entries for the latter competition are via the player's club, not school. Please note: only players in Years 9 to Year 13, inclusive, can enter the Secondary Schools' event. There are no Intermediate or Development categories at either competition.

Date:          Sunday 10th October 2021 {please note: the intention is to complete both competitions on Sunday}

                   (new date as the event has been postponed due to COVID-19 variant)

Venue:       Barfoot & Thompson Stadium, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama, Auckland 1071


  • FOR THE NZ NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS - AGE IS DETERMINED BY THE AGE A COMPETITOR WILL BE ON 10th OCTOBER 2021 (The Organising Committee will work through any changes with entries due to changes in age because of the postponement - more info to come)


Please Note: This event will only go ahead if New Zealand is at a safe Covid-19 Alert Level - Level 1.

We look forward to seeing you there!



A delegate from each club must complete all entries and payments. When paying entry fees by internet banking, please ensure that you note that the payment is for NZ National Championships. We will combine entry fees for both National competitions and pay as one club payment. Payment is not permitted by individual competitors; clubs pay as a single combined payment.



NZ National Karate Championships - Individual Entry     (unlimited National individual events)

  • Children
10 to 13 Years Old $50.00
  • Cadets
14 to 15 Years Old $60.00
  • Juniors
16 to 17 Years Old $70.00
  • Under 21
18 to 20 Years Old $70.00
  • Seniors

Kata - 16 Years Old and older

Kumite - 18 Years Old and older

  • Veterans
35 to 44 Years Old $70.00
  • Super Veterans
45 Years Old and older $70.00
  • Team Events

Kata - Club Based

Kumite - Regional Teams

$45.00 each


NZ National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships - Individual Entry; an additional $50.00  (unlimited Sec Schools' individual events)

Under 14 Years Old Age as @ 01.01.2021 $50.00
Under 16 Years Old Age as @ 01.01.2021 $50.00
Under 19 Years Old Age as @ 01.01.2021 $50.00

If a competitor is entered in the NZ National Karate Championships and the NZ National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships, the entry fee for the latter competition will register in Sportdata as $0; however, as stated earlier, the fee for Secondary School's comp is an additional $50 per player entered.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE IN SPORTDATA VIA YOUR CLUB INSTRUCTOR OR DESIGNATED PERSON. Whoever registers the club/ association for these events in Sportdata is responsible for informing players, coaches, instructors, parents, and supporters of the Terms and Conditions | Health and Safety | Code of Conduct as written in the disclaimer.

All entries, players and coaches, must be entered on Sportdata by 6:00 pm WEDNESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2021 – NOW over five weeks before the competitions. Photos (passport-like, with the photo of the face/ head, not the body, nor a logo) of the players, coaches, and referees are required in Sportdata for entry. Photos need to easily identify those entered which may mean updating if outdated.

  • All entry fees must be paid as one club/ association payment by 6:00 pm WEDNESDAY 29th September 2021 – 12 days before the competition. PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEES BY INTERNET BANKING TO KARATE NEW ZEALAND [Internet Banking Westpac Account:  03 0180 0177734 00] - add your club/ association name with 'NATS-21' in the bank reference.


  • NO LATE ENTRIES OR CHANGES TO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED by the Organising Committee AFTER Wednesday 1st September 2021.  This will enable the tournament organisers to plan more effectively and publish the final timetable earlier. If there are insufficient entries in a particular division, then divisions may be combined or not held.


Please note:

  • Competitors must be current KNZ registered players to compete and belong to a 2021 registered and financial member club of Karate New Zealand.
  • Competitors can only compete for the club they belong to as a financial member and for the club's region.
  • Player registration forms can be filled in using:
  • Athletes and spectators may be filmed for SKY TV live web streaming and may be used on a highlights package (with international viewing options). So anyone attending the venue on Saturday may be filmed. By attending, you give consent to potentially being filmed or interviewed.
  • The 2021 New Zealand National Karate Championships is for Premier players. Competitors competing in individual Kata or individual Kumite categories in this event cannot compete as a Development or Intermediate in that discipline (Kata and/or Kumite) in future competitions; i.e. after competing at this event, they are now referred to as Premier competitors in either one or both of Kata and Kumite.
  • Regional Kumite teams will need to be entered by the region, not a club. 



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


Saturday 30th October:

8:00 am Doors open
8:15 am Registration for Secondary Schools' players (and potentially Veterans)
9:00 am New Zealand National Secondary Schools' Karate Championships (and possibly Veteran events) begin
12:00 pm Lunchtime
12:20 pm Registration for New Zealand National Karate Championships
12:45 pm New Zealand National Karate Championships begin



  • During the bow at the beginning of the tournament, all players must be in Gi or Club tracksuit and must present themselves correctly.
  • Coaches wear their club tracksuits. A maximum of six coaches can be registered per club. At all times, the coach shall display the official KNZ ID lanyard (with photo ID displayed).
  • 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 complete an online Coaches' Examination with a pass mark of 75%, or better, before Saturday 16th October. NOTE THE NEW DEADLINE. This examination will replace the Coaches Meeting held on the first day of previously held national competitions. Click here for the link to this examination
  • All Coaches MUST be registered on Sportdata; a maximum of six coaches per club can be registered. No unauthorised persons will be allowed on the tatami at any time.
  • Registered coaches should be able to practice First Aid, and be aware of the signs of concussion
  • The Organising Committee reserves the right to withdraw, combine or change Event Categories if and when required up to 48 hours before the Competition Opening.
  • All players must present themselves to the Registration Table and register before their competition (Kumite players will be weighed) - Registration times will be posted once the timetable is finalised.




WKF 2020 rules will apply with the following modifications: 

Individual Kata:

  • 2021 National Championships - any approved WKF Kata. No Repeats as per WKF rules.
  • 2021 National Secondary Schools' Championships- any approved WKF Kata. as an Open event. Competitors can not repeat consecutively, i.e. A,B,A,B, ...
  • For Electronically scored Kata events at the National Championships, there will be elimination rounds where only the top two or 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 one first, one second, and 2-third places. Please see the 2020 WKF rules for more detail.
  • The judging of the Kata competition in the National Championship for competitors 13 years and under, and the National Secondary Schools' Championships, may follow the old WKF flag system. The electronic WKF Kata judging system will be used in the National Championships competition for cadet age and older.


WKF Kata System (as of 1.1.2020) - the Number of Groups Kata Required

Number of competitors Number of Groups Number of Kata performed to win Competitors in the second round
2 1 1 Zero (No second round)
3 1 1 Zero (no second round)
4 2 2 Medal Bout (only for gold)
5 to 10 2 2 Medal Bout
11 to 24 2 3 8 Competitors
25 to 48 4 4 16 Competitors
49 to 96 8 4 32 Competitors
97 or more 16 5 64 Competitors


Team Kata:

  • 10 – 13 years WKF Kata can be repeated, but not consecutively; Bunkai required for medal rounds; Ages: 10 - 14 Years Old, inclusive.
  • 14 – 17 years WKF Kata can be repeated, but not consecutively; Bunkai required for medal rounds; Ages: 13 - 18 Years Old, inclusive.
  • 16 years + WKF Kata in all rounds, no repetition permitted, Bunkai required for medal rounds; Ages 15 - 99 Years Old, inclusive.
  • Must be completed within 5 minutes, including Bunkai
  • A maximum of one team per club can be entered in each male and female category - players entered in the team/s must be registered and financial members of the club entering.
  • Club Kata teams are to be named, in writing, before midday Saturday 18th September, and given to the Tournament Organising Committee - a form will be made available on the day.

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.



  • All Kumite divisions, depending on numbers, could be split into weight divisions, so please ensure your player's weight is correctly entered on Sportdata; otherwise, you may be disqualified from competing (non-WKF weight grades may differentiate weight grades).
  • For ages 13 and under, techniques toward the head can score, but NO contact to the head will be allowed. Any contact (unless by self-endangerment—Mubobi), including skin touch, will be penalised (i.e. Head, Face, Neck - Jodan area). 
  • 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
  • 14 – 17 years old - 2.0 minutes (as per WKF rules)
  • 18 years and older (U’21 and Senior) - 3.0 minutes (as per WKF Rules)
  • Veteran (35 years and older) divisions - 2.0 minutes


REGIONAL KUMITE TEAMS: i.e. The regions are Auckland Northland, Central North Island, Lower North Island, Canterbury Westland, and Otago Southland; the number of competitors in each team is for our KNZ competition (not necessarily WKF numbers).

  • 10-13 Years {one player aged 10-11, another aged 11-12 years, and another 12-13 years] - 2 male and 2 female teams per region; 2 or 3 players in each team
  • 14-17 Years {one player aged 14-15, another aged 15-16 years, and another 16-17 years] - 1 male and 1 female team per region; 2 or 3 players in each team
  • Female 18 years and older - 1 team per region; 2 or 3 players in each team.
  • Male 18 years and older - 1 team per region; 2 or 3 players in each team.
  • Only players registered and financial members of a club in a region can participate in that regional team.
  • Regional Kumite teams are to be named, in writing, before midday Saturday 18th September, and given to the Tournament Organising Committee - a form will be made available on the day.



  • All competitors (Kumite and Kata) must wear a clean white Gi in good condition. 
  • As players are Premier competitors, they must follow the WKF rules, i.e. white karate gi without stripes, piping, or personal embroidery.
  • ALL KUMITE COMPETITORS MUST WEAR Mouthguards, Body protectors (protection), Red and Blue belts, and Red and blue hand mitts (matching the belt they are competing in). Foot protectors 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 wearing approved chest protectors (breast protector) underneath the body protector.
  • Head protection is suggested (not compulsory); a WKF face mask or other padded protection is deemed acceptable by the tournament director.



Kumite and Flagged Kata events: 

  • With categories with only 3 competitors, if time allows, 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.



Please ensure to sign in using the Covid Tracer App when arriving at the venue. If you are unable to use this app, then please sign in with the hard copy paper forms provided inside the foyer at the venue.

A reminder to the players, coaches, supporters, the public, and event workers, if you are unwell, DO NOT ATTEND.

As part of Health and Safety, we need to be sure that player weights for Kumite are correct. Therefore, check that player weights for Kumite are accurate on Club/ Association information in Sportdata. Incorrect weight category entered could result in disqualification from that particular event - no refund!



A full refund of the Entry Fee paid can only be given if a competitor withdraws before Monday 13th September 2021, as the draws will be finalised the next day. Refunds after this date will only be provided if a Medical Certificate is sent to the Organising Committee. If your event has been cancelled due to a lack of numbers and you have not been reallocated to another event, you will then 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. 






Entry deadline:

2021.08.03 - 2021.09.01

Registration mode

Exact day (2021.10.30)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2022-08-17 16:39)





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