This version is intended for use
by the student competitor and is abbreviated
from the full Proposed Rules version.
Each competitor must present him/herself
to the referee suitably attired with proper
uniform and equipment (see uniform and
sparring equipment specifications below) and
physically prepared to compete. If he/she is not
prepared to compete as deemed by the center
referee, the competitor may be disqualified.
Each competitor must be a member in good
standing of the USEWRKDF. Black belt competitors
from first to fifth dan will be allowed to
compete in individual kata and kumite divisions.
The exception to this rule is that Sixth dan and
above may compete in the team fighting division.
DELAY OF TIME PENALTY:
Any competitor that is not present when
the division his/her kata or kumite division
begins will be disqualified.
A competitor must compete at the highest
belt level that he/she has earned in Wado-Ryu
karate. A competitor can never compete in a
division of which he/she has not earned the rank
of the division.
Exception to the RANK RULE:
Competitors who have earned a black belt
rank in another style of karate but have started
the practice of Wado-Ryu karate at a Federation
dojo should have their instructor request that
they be allowed to enter in the black belt
division. This is out of fairness to other
competitors, particularly in the kumite
PROOF OF AGE RULE:
All competitors must have proof of age.
If there is a legitimate reason to question a
competitor's age, he/she must present a document
such as a birth certificate or driver's license
to prove his/her age.
LEGAL AGE RULE:
An adult competitor shall compete in the
age division that corresponds to their age the
day of the competition. A youth competitor shall
compete only in age division that corresponds to
their age the day of competition.
All competitors must wear a complete (top and
bottom), clean traditional white karate gi
(uniform) in good condition. The U.S. Eastern
Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation should be worn on
the left chest area of the gi. School or team
patches are allowed on the upper sleeve or back
of the gi top. Should the uniform become
excessively torn or bloodied during a sparring
match, it must be replaced before the match will
continue. Not doing so may cause the offending
competitor to forfeit his/her match.
The competitor's appropriate color belt must be
worn in competition. All uniforms must have
sleeves that reach at least to the middle of the
forearm. No t-shirts, sweats, or tank tops are
allowed under the top for males but a white
undershirt should be worn for females. No
wearing of jewelry or chewing gum is allowed in
It is the responsibility of the
competitor to know the rules and be ready for
competition when called to do so. He/she must be
suitably attired, weighed-in and at the
appropriate ring when competition begins. Three
calls will be made for competition at ringside.
If the competitor is not at his/her ring ready
to compete when competition begins, he/she will
not be allowed to compete. (Refer to delay of
time rule, above.)
If a competitor leaves the ring after the
competition begins and is not present when
his/her name is called to compete, his/her name
will be called three times at ringside. If
he/she is still not present to compete, he/she
will be disqualified.
The following katas are mandatory choices from
which each designated belt colored competitor
must select. In the USEWRKDF tournament there
will be no exceptions to these choices.
White belt 9th kyu Kihon No Kata Ichi or Ni
(basic kata) or Pinan Nidan
Gold belt 8th kyu (Same as above)
Orange belt 7th kyu Pinan Nidan or Pinan Shodan
Blue belt 6th kyu Pinan Shodan or Pinan Sandan
Purple belt 5th kyu Pinan Sandan or Pinan Yondan
Green belt 4th kyu Pinan Yondan or Pinan Godan
Brown belt 3rd-1st kyu Pinan Godan, Naihanshi or
Black belt 1st-5th dan Naihanshi, Kushanku,
Chinto or Seishan
SCORING RANGES OF KATA:
USEWRKDF will only have one scoring range for
all belts. The scoring range will be 8.00 to
10.00 points (using the two decimal points). The
competitor may check his or her score after the
division is completed if it does not disrupt the
PRESENTATION OF KATA:
Before entering the ring, each
competitor will rei (bow) then enter
approximately halfway into the kata area and rei
again towards the judges. The competitor should
then clearly announce his/her competition
number, which will have been previously
assigned by the head official. Announcement of
the official kata name by the competitor is
After performing the kata, the competitor must
stay in the ring in musubi dachi (attention
stance) while his or her score is being tallied.
After being given permission to leave to ring,
the competitor should rei towards the judges,
back up to the back line of the ring and then
return to the competitor area.
The first three competitors will perform before
any scores are awarded. After the third
competitor is finished, the first competitor
will be called to come back for scoring followed
by the second and third competitors. This is to
give the judges a sampling of the quality of the
competitors. All competitors in the division
will be judged in comparison to these first
Kiais in the appropriate movements of kata
competition is recommended but not mandatory.
In the children's division, boys and girls
competition will be run together.
STARTING A KATA OVER:
If a competitor starts his/her kata over
because of a memory lapse or any other reason
due to his/her own negligence, he/she may
perform the kata again. The officials will score
as though there was not a mistake, but the
center referee will instruct the scorekeeper to
subtract 1.0 point from the competitor's final
score for each time they start over. An adult
competitor can only start over one time for
scoring. A child competitor may start over
twice. If a competitor has to start over not due
to his/her negligence, he/she will not be
penalized for the restart.
REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR
Approved headgear; hand and foot pads,
mouthpieces and groin cups (for male competitors
only) are mandatory for all competitors in
kumite divisions. The competitor's equipment
will be checked and if it is deemed unsafe,
he/she will be asked to change the equipment
before he/she can compete.
Hand Pads: A soft padded surface must
cover the fingers, wrist and any striking
surface of the hand.
Foot Pads: A soft padded surface must
cover the instep, sides, toes, ankle and back of
the heel of the foot. The bottom of the foot
does not have to be padded.
Head Gear: The forehead, sides and back
of the head must be covered by a soft padded
Insufficiently padded gloves, foot and head hear
will not be allowed.
All equipment must be in a good state of repair
and must be free of heavy taping, tears or any
other repairs that may cause injury. The
tournament's head rules arbitrator ultimately
determines the approval or denial of the
Shin pads and rib/chest
guards are highly RECOMMENDED but not mandatory
for kumite competitors.
Light touch is
allowed to all legal target areas except to the
bare face of all youth and under black belt
adult competitors. Light touch does not
have to be made to the headgear in all Youth
competitors and adult under black belt
competitors but must be approximately two inches
away without being blocked. If the head of any
competitor is visibly moved or blood is drawn as
a direct result of contact, a penalty point will
be issued to the offended competitor and on
second offence the competitor will be
disqualified. A black belt should be well
trained in focused technique and therefore can
make light touch contact to the head. If it is
noted that excessive force is being used and the
head is visibly moved or blood is drawn as a
direct result of contact only one warning will
be given. If contact is made in the same way
the second time, the offender will be
A competitor has the right to protest an
infraction of the rules or if he/she believes a
possible mistake was made (not a judgment call).
If a competitor wishes to protest, he/she should
first let the referee know he/she believes there
has been an infraction of the rules or a mistake
has been made. The referee will summon the
arbitrator to the ring to render a decision if
the referee cannot settle the protest to the
All protests must be made in an orderly, proper
and sportsmanlike manner. All protests must be
made immediately. Protests are not allowed once
competition has resumed. A competitor may be
penalized or even disqualified if he/she is
protesting improperly or without proper cause.
It is mandatory for all adult sparring
competitors who are in weight divisions to weigh
in before the competition. Only one official
weigh-in is required. All competitors must enter
in his/her weight division. A competitor cannot
compete up or down in another weight division
for which he/she has not made the proper weight.
It is the responsibility of the tournament
personnel to weigh and properly record the
Competitors cannot pick whom they want or do
not want to fight.
LENGTH OF MATCH:
Two-minute running time unless three
points are scored before time has expired.
POINT VALUES AND WINNER DETERMINATION:
All legal hand and foot techniques that
score will be awarded one point. All penalty
points awarded will be awarded one point. The
competitor who first earns three points or is
ahead at the end of the two-minute period is
declared the winner. If a match is tied at the
end of two minutes, a sudden victory (first
person to score a point) overtime period will
determine the match.
Points are awarded by a majority vote of all
judges. The majority of judges do not have to
agree on the same technique being scored, only
that a point was scored.
WHAT IS A POINT:
A point is a controlled legal sport karate
technique scored by a competitor who is
in-bounds and up-right (without time being
called) that strikes a competitor with the
allowable amount of focused touch contact. In
order to score a point, all hand
techniques must be made with a fully closed fist
with the exception of ridgehand strikes. Balance
must be maintained before during and after a
kick or punch is executed to be valid. Diving or
falling while attempting to score will
invalidate a point.
A competitor is out-of-bounds as soon as
he/she does not have at least one foot touching
inside or on the boundary line. An out of
bounds competitor cannot score a point while out
of bounds. In bounds competitor can score on an
out of bounds competitor if the center referee
has not called stop.
LEGAL TARGET AREAS:
Entire head and face, ribs, chest, abdomen,
collarbone and kidneys.
ILLEGAL TARGET AREAS:
Spine, back of neck, throat, eyes, sides of the
neck, groin, legs, knees and back.
Hips, shoulders, buttocks, arms, and
Legal techniques are all controlled
sport karate techniques, except those listed as
Head butts, hair pulls, bites,
scratches, elbows, knees, eye attacks of any
kind, take downs on a hard surface floor, ground
fighting on a hard surface, any stomps or kicks
to the head of a downed competitor, slapping,
grabbing for more than one second, uncontrolled
blind techniques, any uncontrolled throws,
takedowns and any other uncontrolled dangerous
techniques that are deemed unsafe in sport
A competitor may grab the uniform top of
his/her opponent for one second only in an
attempt to score immediately with a sport
karate technique after which time he/she must
release the uniform. Likewise, the uniform pants
may be grabbed for one second to an upright
opponent in an attempt to score.
SWEEPS, TAKEDOWNS, GRABS AND GROUND
Sweeps to off-balance an opponent may be
used if immediately followed by a legal sport
karate kick or strike. Sweeps can only be
executed to the back of the foot on the padded
surface. A sweep must be deemed a proper sweep
and not a kick to be legal. Controlled takedowns
and sweeps that are meant to literally take down
an opponent are not allowed. A sweep may never
be executed on the supporting leg of a kicking
competitor. If one competitor falls with no
point being immediately scored, the fighters
will separate and restart from their original
No additional points will be scored regardless
of the effectiveness of a sweep.
LIGHT TOUCH CONTACT:
Means there is no penetration or visible
movement of the competitor as a result of the
contact. Light touch is allowed to all legal
target areas except to the bare face of all
youth and under black belt adult competitors.
Light touch does not have to be made to the
headgear in all Youth competitors and adult
under black belt competitors but must be
approximately two inches away without being
blocked. If the head of any competitor is
visibly moved or blood is drawn as a direct
result of contact, a penalty point will be
issued to the offended competitor.
MODERATE TOUCH CONTACT:
Means slight penetration or slight
target movement. Moderate touch contact may be
made to all legal target areas except the
headgear and face.
WARNINGS AND PENALTIES:
One and only one warning is allowed for
breaking the rules before a penalty point is
awarded. After the first warning is given, a
penalty point is awarded for each and every
rules violation. If a competitor receives three
warnings (two penalty points) in any one match,
he/she will be disqualified. If the severity of
the first rules violation is deemed by the
center referee to be too severe, a penalty point
can be issued immediately.
Other Penalty Rules:
If, in the opinion of the referee and/or the
medical personnel, a competitor cannot continue
because of an injury caused by an illegal
penalized attack executed by his/her competitor,
the offending competitor shall be automatically
Other Cause for
illegal and non-target areas, using illegal
techniques, running out of the ring to avoid
fighting, falling to the floor to avoid
fighting, continuing after being ordered to
stop, excessive stalling, blind, negligent or
reckless attacks, uncontrolled techniques,
showing unsportsmanlike behavior by the
competitor, his/her coaches, friends, etc.,
excessive contact, and delay of time are
examples of possible penalization.
Requires a majority vote by all officials,
unless it is an automatic disqualification as
No entry fees will be refunded to a disqualified
The referee shall have the power to disqualify
any competitor that exhibits disrespect and/or
unsportsmanlike conduct toward any official,
other competitor or spectator.
f any competitor competes in a division he/she
does not qualify to compete in due to age,
weight, rank, gender, style, etc., he/she will
No competitor may receive direct
technical coaching during a match from an
instructor, teammate or spectator.
2) Never, at any time, can a coach, instructor,
team-mate or spectator enter the ring without
center referee's permission.
No abusive, violent, disrespectful or jeering
comments will be allowed from coaches,
instructors, teammates or spectators.
4) Coaches, instructors, teammates or spectators
cannot ask for a time out. Only the competitor
may ask for a time out.
5) Coaches, instructors, teammates or spectators
can never, at any time interfere with the proper
running of the ring or the decisions of the
The center referee can issue a warning to a
competitor for each time his/her coach is
interfering with a match or disrupting fair play
between contestants. The referee will ask for a
violator to correct their behavior and if they
do not will disqualify the competitor, stop the
ring, and have the security personnel remove the
person from the venue.
TEAM KUMITE Men and Womens teams:
There shall be one referee and four
corner judges for this event. Three
judges/referee must point to a competitor for a
point to be awarded during a call. The team
kumite competition shall be for the USEWRKDF
Wado Cup. This trophy will be held by the
winning dojo and not returned to the Federation
tournament each succeeding year. Each team shall
be comprised of 1 black belt (5th
dan and below), 1 Brown belt and 1 Green belt
consisting of adults of any weight or age.
Each competition will start with the Green
belt and work up to the black belt. The first
two matches will be one minute and the first
competitor to reach three points will win and
end the match. These scores will be recorded and
will be cumulative for the team. The third match
is also one minute but has no point limit. If
there is a tie at the end of the three matches,
the competitors of the third match will compete
for a sudden victory. In the event of a
disqualification during one of the first two
matches the score will be recorded as 3 0, 0
going to the disqualified competitorıs team. In
the event of disqualification during the third
match, the disqualified competitorıs team loses
by disqualification regardless of the cumulative