Karate New Zealand Otago Southland Regional Competition 2023
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Registration for this event will run from 27th March 2023 to 1st May 2023

We plan category draws to be up in early May 2023 and finalised by mid-May. No late entries will be accepted.

When:   Registration and Weigh-in 8.30 am Competition starts: 9.00 am Sunday 4th June 2023

Where: Mosgiel Memorial Hall, Dunedin

Entries Close: 5 pm Monday 1st May 2023  (All entries done at Club level - parents, please do not enter individual athletes)


Late entries, incorrect entries or entries without payment will not be accepted.

* Internet banking: 06-0942-0366057-00 (please include the name of the competitor) - KNZ Otago Southland account

Organiser: Lisa van Kampen (Organising Committee)

Contact: Pat Quaid (Regional Secretary)


Individual Events    $55.00   ($70.00 for non-KNZ members)

Team Events           $30.00   ($50.00 for non-KNZ members)


PLEASE ENTER ONLINE VIA SPORTDATA  (entries must be through your club NOT individual athletes)


  1. Participation in this tournament is open to all clubs.
  2. WKF Rules will be applied in the Tournament.   
  3. All entries are final. Ensure all entry forms are completed correctly as incorrect age or weight information may result in disqualification from the tournament.
  4. Coaches, 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).


Development – Kyu grade only, must do development kata, you can only be in this division for a maximum of 2 years. This is also for all competitors 9yrs and under. You will be split by weight and grade/kyu.

Compulsory Kata only. Competitors can repeat Kata.

Intermediate – More experienced in tournaments but not at the premier level yet. Kata has free choice in all rounds but cannot repeat consecutively. You can only be in this division for a maximum of 2 years.

Premier – Have competed before, 2nd Kyu, and above. Those attempting National teams must be in the Premier divisions.

Kata free choice in all rounds, no repeats. WKF rules apply. 

Kumite – All Kumite divisions will be split into weight divisions, so please make sure your weight is correctly entered otherwise, you may be disqualified from that weight division.

Note - A competitor can only enter one division. The division can be different for Kata and Kumite.

*** Divisions may be altered depending on the number of entries


The following dress and safety equipment codes will apply:

  • All competitors must wear a clean white Gi in good condition as per Art. 2 of WKF Rules

  • All Kumite competitors must wear mouthguards

  • All Kumite competitors must wear approved hand mitts and shin/instep protectors

  • Compulsory to wear KNZ approved body protector

  • Headgear is optional

  • Boys/Men advised to wear approved groin protectors


The below conditions also apply to the age group:

13 yrs & below

  • Advised to wear KNZ Approved face protector

  • Compulsory to wear WKF Child Chest Protector, to be worn outside the Gi

Females 11-13yrs

  • Advised to wear women’s chest protector (breast protector)

  • Compulsory to wear KNZ approved body protector

14 yrs & above

  • Compulsory to wear a KNZ-approved body protector to be worn under the Gi.

Female 14 yrs & above

  • Compulsory to wear KNZ approved body protector

  • Advised to wear approved chest protectors(breast protectors) underneath the body protector



For a copy of the current WKF rules (2023), please go to:    KUMITE Competition Rules for 2023  and KATA Competition Rules for 2023

For a video of WKF scoring, please go to:    Karate Rules videos  


As per current WKF Rules (above) with the following modifications 

Kumite rules to apply to all Karate New Zealand (UNZKO) Sanctioned Tournaments 


1. 9 yrs and under – Techniques to the head can score but absolutely NO contact will be allowed. Any contact at all, (unless by Mubobi) including skin touch, will be penalised. The first player to 8 points or the player with the most points at the time up will be deemed the winner. 

2. 10-13 yrs - Techniques to the head can score but absolutely NO contact will be allowed. Any contact at all, (unless by Mubobi) including skin touch, will be penalised. 

3. Cadets (14/15), Juniors (16/17), and Seniors (18+) – all as per WKF rulebook. 

Bout duration

WKF Rule 5.1 Duration of the Kumite bout is:

  •  Senior Male and Female categories: 3 minutes effective time
  • Under 21 Male and Female categories: 3 minutes effective time (18, 19, 20)
  • Cadet and Junior Male and Female categories: 2 minutes effective time (14-15 years and 16-17 years)
  • 14 years and younger 1.5 minutes effective time

Kata Judging 

The judging of all Kata competitions will follow the WKF flag system, with either 3 or 5 judges. 

Compulsory Kata list: Heian, Pinan, Gekisai, Saifa, or any other Kihon Kata. 

In the 9 yrs and under division competitors are required to perform “Compulsory Kata” (listed above).

Team Kata 

9yrs and under   Only one Kata required 

10-13yrs             Only one kata required, Bunkai required for medal rounds 

14-17yrs             Only one kata required, Bunkai required for medal rounds 

16yrs+                Only one kata required, Bunkai required for medal rounds


Divisions with three competitors will be run round robin with the placing’s decided on the number of wins achieved. If each competitor has one win each then placing’s will be decided on the total points scored. 

Divisions with four competitors will have a match between the two competitors who have not won a match to decide on one third place. 

Divisions with four to eight competitors will have one third place decided using the repechage system 

Divisions with nine or more competitors will use repechage to decide on one third placing. 

For Karate, repechage involves the competitors who were beaten by a finalist playing-off to decide the 3rd placing. This means that all medal winners, except possibly for third-place in a round-robin division, will have won at least one match. 


As per WKF rules, follow the code of behaviour and the dress code, namely club or national tracksuit.

Only one coach can be on the mat at a time, only official coaches on the mat and in the warm-up area.


2023.06.04 (08:00)

Entry deadline

2023.03.27 - 2023.05.05 (22:00)
Registration expired

Registration mode

Exact day (2023.06.04)

Time Zone

Pacific/Auckland (2023-06-02 20:08)




Dunedin, exact location to be confirmed

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Entries: For this event no entry permission is required.

Only this countries are allowed to register competitors: NEW ZEALAND

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