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Karate New Zealand has the honour of inviting you to the New Zealand Cup 2021 to be held in Auckland this year.

Participation in the New Zealand Cup is for competitors aged 6 – 9 years, inclusive, in Development divisions, and Intermediate AND Premier divisions for 10 years and older. Please note that Premier divisions are included in this year's New Zealand Cup.

This competition is open to all Karate players who belong to New Zealand and Australian clubs/ associations. We welcome members of the Australian Karate Federation to join us this year. We look forward to seeing you there!


Dates:        Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July 2021

Venue:       Auckland Netball Centre

                   7 Allison Ferguson Drive, Stonefields, Auckland

There is plenty of onsite car parking available and an onsite cafe for purchasing food and drinks. The Cafe will be open both days from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm/ 5:00 pm.

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


Only provisional, to be confirmed after entries close and the draws made

Saturday 10th July

8:30 – 9:15 am

Registration for Premier Kata players 14 YO and older

Registration and Weigh-in for Premier 10-11 & 12-13 YO Kumite

Table Staff and Marshalls briefing

9:00 am

Coaches Registration and Meeting

  • For coaches of Premier Grade players.

9:30 am

Line up and bow in, followed by first events

Morning Session:



Premier Cadet, Junior, U21 Male and Female Individual Kata


Premier 10-11 YO & 12-13 YO Male and Female Kumite


Registration and Weigh-in for Premier Cadet and Older Kumite players




Premier U21 Male and Female Kumite


Premier Cadet Male and Female Individual Kata


Premier Open Male and Female Individual Kata


Premier 10-13 YO Male and Female Team Kumite

  • (1 x 10-11 YO & 1 x 11-12 YO & 1 x 12-13 YO)


Premier Junior Male and Female Kumite


Premier Senior Male and Female Kumite


Trans-Tasman U21 Male and Female Team Kumite


Trans-Tasman Cadet Male and Female Team Kumite


Trans-Tasman Junior Male and Female Team Kumite


Trans-Tasman Senior Male and Female Team Kumite


Sunday 11th July        Only provisional, to be confirmed the draws made

8:00 am

Venue opens

8:15 – 8:50 am

Registration and Weigh-Ins for Veteran, and Intermediate Grades players

8:30 am

Coaches Registration & Meeting

  • For coaches of Development and Intermediate Grade players

9:00 am

Begin the day’s first events

Morning Session:



Premier Veteran Male and Female Kata & Kumite


Premier 10-11 YO & 12-13 YO Male and Female Kata


Intermediate 10 Years and Older Male and Female Kata




Registration and Weigh-Ins for U10 Players


Under 10 Individual Kata and Kumite


Under 10’s Team Kata


Under 10’s Team Kumite (1 x 8-9 YO & 1 x 9-10 YO & 1 x 10-11 YO)


Intermediate 10 Years and Older Male and Female Kumite




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

  • 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. Entries must be made by the club, association, or the national body.

  • 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).

  • All Coaches MUST be registered on Sportdata, and no unauthorised/ unregistered 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.



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, i.e. 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 must match the belt colour - the exception for this may be in the younger Development grades. 

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



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.



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 Cup. We ask that this is paid as one club payment.


  • All entries must be received by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 26th JUNE 2021 – two weeks prior to the competition. This will enable 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. NO LATE ENTRIES OR CHANGES TO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • All entry fees must be received as one club/ association payment by 6:00 pm SATURDAY 3rd JULY 2021 – one week prior to the competition. PAYMENT OF ENTRY FEES BY INTERNET BANKING TO KARATE NEW ZEALAND [Internet Banking Westpac Account:  03 0180 0177734 00] - add the name of your club/ association in the bank reference.



          Under 14 years                    $50 

          14 years & older                   $60

          Each additional event/s        $5 per event

          Team Events                         $45



Development Division Kata List: (in alphabetical order)

Gekisai (Geksai) 1, Gekisai (Geksai) 2, Heian Godan, Heian Nidan, Heian Sandan, Heian Shodan, Heian Yondan, Pinan Godan, Pinan Nidan, Pinan Sandan, Pinan Shodan, Pinan Yondan, Saifa, Seido 1, Seido 2, Tsuki no kata, Yangtsu

  • A minimum of one Kata from this Development Kata list is required
  • Karate-ka can repeat consecutively; at least AAA...


Intermediate Division Kata List:  (in alphabetical order)

Ananku (Ananko), Bassai Dai, Chinto, Garyu, Jion, Kanku Dai, Niseishi, Pachu, Seido 3, Seienchin (Seiyunchin), Sepai, Shisochin, Sushiho, Tsuki No, Wanshu.

  • Karate-ka cannot repeat consecutively until the medal rounds; at least ABAB...
  • Karate-ka can repeat in the medal round, but the Kata must be from the Intermediate Kata list above
  • Karate-ka require a minimum of two Kata to compete in this division (at least one from the Intermediate Kata list)
  • Development division Kata can be performed in the Intermediate division, except in the medal rounds.


Premier Division Kata List:  (use the WKF Kata list)

  • Karate-ka cannot repeat Kata
  • WKF rules apply.

NB: For NZ selection, only Premier competitors will be eligible.


WKF 2021 rules will apply in Kata with the following modifications: 

Judging of the Kata competition for the competitors 13 and under may follow the old WKF flag system. The new electronic WKF kata judging system will be used in the competition for cadet age (14 - 15 Years of age) and older.

For Electronically scored Kata events at the NZ Cup, 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 first, second, and 2x third places. Please see the 2021 WKF rules for more detail.

  • In the Development Divisions, two players will perform their kata at the same time on the mat, including medal rounds.
  • In the Intermediate Divisions, two players will perform their kata at the same time on the mat, except in the final when it is one at a time. If there is a round-robin with three competitors - in each round the two players will perform their kata at the same time on the mat.


Team Kata:

  • Under 10 years of age can repeat Kata; No Bunkai is required

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

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

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

  • Only one Kata team per division per club/association.

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.

If only one Kata team is listed in the draw, they must perform their kata (and Bunkai for 10 years and older) before medals are awarded.



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. If the number of players in a division is small, there may be combined weight divisions in that grade.

For ages 13 and under, techniques to the head can score, but absolutely NO contact to the 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.

The exception will be if there are only two competitors in a division, they will have a round-robin draw with the winner the first to two wins (a maximum of three rounds).


KUMITE BOUT DURATION for Male and Female

  • 8 – 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


NB: The Trans-Tasman Kumite teams are for New Zealand and Australian selected teams. Clubs, please do not enter these divisions.  If the AKF do not enter teams we will offer the following:

Addition to Categories (24th June) - Team Kumite events have been added for the following categories:

  • Team Kumite - Female - 18+ Years
  • Team Kumite - Male - 18+ Years
  • Team Kumite - Female - 14-17 Years (one player aged 14-15 Years, one aged 15-16 Years & one aged 16-17 Years) 
  • Team Kumite - Female - 14-17 Years (one player aged 14-15 Years, one aged 15-16 Years & one aged 16-17 Years) 

These teams can comprise between 2 and 4 members, inclusively. One team per club in each category.


A full refund of the Entry Fee paid can only be given if a competitor withdraws before 3rd July 2021 as the draws will be finalised soon after. 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 a 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. 



Karate New Zealand Coaching Council. Correspondence C/:



2021.07.10 - 2021.07.11

Entry deadline

2021.05.25 - 2021.06.26
Registration expired

Registration mode

Exact day (2021.07.10)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2023-09-22 14:48)





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