1. Technical Information

1.1. DATE

The competition will be held on Sunday 1st of March of 2020.

 1.2. AGE & GRADE

Competitors are to be 16 years of age on the 1st January 2020, YOB 2004 and before
and a minimum of 1st Dan.
Couples may be formed of either 2 males, 2 females, or a male and a female.


The official EJU/IJF back number is required.
Please order your official EJU/IJF back number on http://www.mybacknumber.com  or

1.4. KATA

The Kata recognized for these championships, will be five:

  • Nage-no-Kata
  • Katame-no-Kata
  • Ju-no-Kata
  • Kime-no-Kata
  • Kodokan Goshin-jutsu

The up to date version of “IJF Criteria for Kata Evaluation” will be used to judge the Kata with reference
also to the official Kodokan edition of video and Textbook.


The competitors can only participate in one Kata.
The competitors must be of the same nationality as the country, which enters them. Competitors who
have double nationality can only represent 1 participating country.
When a competitor changes nationality, he/she must wait 3 years before he can represent the new
country, unless the two countries concerned (the old country and the new country) agree to authorize
his entry for the new nationality and this is accepted by the IJF (According to the IJF SOR 1.9)

a. Medical certificate
For the FFBJ participants medical certificate is required. For other participants the gender certificate
and the medical certificate are not required.
The participants will compete under their full responsibility.

b. Insurance
Each National Federation is responsible for insuring its competitors against «injury and third part risk
(public liability)» during the period of the tournament. The organizer declines all responsibility. 

c. Attitude of the competitors
The member Federations are responsible for the behavior and attitude of their competitors at the


The participants need to have agreement of their National Federation. All participants have to
possess valid IJF ID card.
The nominal inscriptions must be entered via your Federation into JUDOBASE. All participants and delegates must be registered for this event in the IJF Registration System (JUDOBASE): https://admin.judobase.org/ .

Deadline for the JUDOBASE registration is Monday, February 24th 2020.
Keep an eye on the registration deadline!

 The pair’s inscriptions must be entered via the online form or electronic form that is referring below. The
pairs’ entry closes 15 days before the tournament, February 14th 2020.

By subscribing to EJU Kata Tournament all participants and delegations agree that their
pictures or videos could be used for Kata promotions and as tool for education and for

Entry fee
The inscription fee is 50,00 EUROS per participating pair, it has to be paid before 14th February 2020 at the:

    Fédération Francophone Belge de Judo (FFBJ)
    Centre Sportif du Blocry
    Place des Sports 1
    1348 Louvain-La-Neuve
    Tél. +32 10 244 401
    Account IBAN : BE83 2500 0678 3015

Payment note:
Family Name and First Name of Tori and Uke + name of the presented kata

Registration Form:
Please answer this form before the 14th February 2020.

All payments entered after the inscriptions deadline will be 75,00 EUROS per participating pair.
Once the inscription fee is paid it will not be refundable if the competitors fail to participate in the
competition (for any reason).


Control of Entries
Identity: Nationality and age of the participants. (Each athlete’s passport has to be presented to the


The competitions will be held in white judogi and black belt.
Backnumber: Each competitor is obliged to have sewn on the back of his judogi a backnumber bearing
his surname and his National Olympic Committee abbreviation. 
The backnumbers must be fixed horizontally and centered on the back of the judogi. They must be
placed at a distance of 3cm from the bottom of the collar.
The backnumber can be ordered from www.mybacknumber.com or http://www.ijfbacknumber.com/
The delivery can take up to 4 weeks.
Advertising: Competitors should carry on the back of their jacket the organizer dedicated sponsors of
the event if there is one.
Advertising on the judogi must be in compliance with the IJF regulations. Refer to Guidance of Judogi
Control Document.
National Emblem: Athletes can have their national emblem on the left front part of the jacket within a
space of 100cm2.
The Judogi Control will be done at the Registration of the Participants.

N.B It is the responsibility of the judoka to comply with the IJF regulation rules.

  • The Judogi shall be clean, dry and without unpleasant odor.
  • The nails of the feet and hands shall be cut short.
  • The personal hygiene of the athletes shall be of a high standard
  • Long hair has to be bound with an elastic band.
  • Spectacles, jewelry pieces are prohibited.
  • Make up is not allowed.
  • The Back Numbers will have to be sewn already on the Judogi.


The top three pairs with the maximum points in every Kata, will compete in the finals. The pair with the
maximum points/less mistakes will be awarded the gold medal. The couple with the second least
points/less mistakes will be awarded the silver medal; and the third, the bronze medal. 


Each technique and open and closing ceremonies are evaluated with a maximum positive score of
10 points. The positive score is decreased by mistakes. The evaluation of every technique of Kata has
to consider the principle and the opportunity of execution: the evaluation (included the open and close
ceremony) has to be comprehensive.
Definition of mistakes:
Forgotten technique – score is Zero and the total score of the Kata is halved. If the forgotten
technique is more than one, zero score will be given to the technique but the total score will be not
halved again. If the halved total value is not a whole number, the score will be rounded up.
Big mistake: when the execution of the principle is incorrect (5 points are deducted and the
maximum number of crosses is 1)

Medium Mistake: when one or more elements of the principle are not applied in the correct way (3
points are deducted and the maximum number of crosses is 1).
Small mistake: imperfection in the application of the technique (1 point is deducted and the
maximum number of crosses is 2).

The total score for each technique can be increased or decreased by 0,5 point adding in the column of
the “correction value” a “ + ” or a “ - “ or nothing.
For every technique without a big mistake the minimum score has to be 4,5.

In the Nage-no-Kata, right and left techniques will be evaluated globally (only one score).
In case of equal score between pairs, the following criteria will be applied considering the scoring sheets
of the 5 Judges:

  • Total value of big mistakes - wins who makes less mistakes;
  • If still equal, total value of medium mistakes will be considered. - wins the pair who makes less mistakes;
  • If still equal, total value of small mistakes will be considered - wins the pair who makes less mistakes;
  • If still equal, the average score (evaluated until the second decimal place) of the whole Kata will decide.
    Wins the pair who has a better score.

If two pairs both place 3rd place after the above mentioned criteria, the kata will be repeated in order to
assign the medal.

1.11. FINAL

Till 6 participants direct final.
From 7 and upon 11 participants 1 preliminary and 4 best results to final.
From 12 participants and more 2 preliminary and 3 best results of each to final.

2. Judges


The contests will be judged by IJF/EJU or National qualified Kata Judges.  Kata rules to be followed are
as published by the EJU/IJF (IJF KATA EVALUATION Jan 2019). The Judges will evaluate these Kata on the basis of the official Kodokan Kata standard according and with reference to the official KDK edition of video (official amendment only should be considered if any)


The Judges are five and will be positioned on the showmen side. They will award points on the official
EJU scoring sheet. For each technique the total score of three Judges will be totaled to produce the
final score: the maximum score and the minimum score for each technique will be cancelled. The total
score of the whole Kata will be the sum of the score totaled by five Judges. A Judge cannot be a
The judges shall always be in their position before the arrival of the couple in the competition area.
The judge in the Centre stands up and, with tense arms and palms of the hands turned upward, invites
the couple to enter the competition area.
The couple enters and leaves the competition area at the opposite side of showmen: the start and end
of Kata  (opening and closing ceremony) is at 10 m or 8 m distance (bow to the mat).
Any behavior of Tori or Uke inside the Competition area that is contrary to the spirit of Kata will reduce
the score of the ceremony. 

2.3. DRAW

The draw for the sequence of each pairs in competition will be done the day before the competition. 


The Competition area has dimensions 8 x 8 meters (minimum) or 10 x 10 meters (maximum) and shall
be covered by Tatami or similar acceptable material.
The Competition area must be fixed to a resilient floor. When more adjoining competition areas are
used, a common safety area of 2 meters is necessary.
A strip of visible color adhesive tape, approximately 5 cm. wide and 50 cm. long, shall be fixed on the
center of the competition area 6 m. apart, to indicate the starting position of Tori and Uke. The center of
the Competition area shall be indicated with a strip adhesive tape of the same color. 


When Tori or Uke is unable to continue because of injury, illness or accident during the execution of the
Kata, the couple will be considered out of competition.
In case of Minor injury like bloody wound, broken nail or a problem with contact lenses, according to the
decision of the judges, the Kata execution will be stopped and the athlete will be assisted by a Doctor
out of the competition area.
The competition will continue and the couple will repeat entirely the Kata soon after the last called
couple. In case a new Minor injury happens at the same athletes during the second execution of Kata,
the couple will be considered out of competition. 
In the case that Minor injury happens after a forgotten technique, the couple will be considered out ofcompetition.