Qld Junior Traditional Karate Championship 2017

Comprising Bunkai, Kata, Kumite & Ippon Kumite

A invitational tournament for traditional martial art style students

from 4yrs to 13 yrs of age

Apr 21st, 2018

Brisbane, Queensland

Event Options include:

  • 4-6 yrs Pad hitting relay competition (see rules below), 3 person teams (if odd numbers we will make teams on the day by combining kids if needed)
  • 4-6yrs Kihon (basics) demonstration competition
  • Flag Sparring (4-5yrs & 6-7yrs divisions)
  • Theory competition for 4-5yrs & 6-7yrs divisions (a form much like restaurant kids activity sheets) - will be done formally on matts with medals awarded at the end
  • Ippon Kumite (one step, one technique fighting) - 7yrs to 11yrs groups will exist
  • Bunkai (this differs from our adult classical bunkai with street fighting stats applied - see kids rules below).
  • Kata
  • Team synchronized kata
  • Kumite (sparring) - divisions will exist for those 8yrs & older

Event Committee Members

Event Leader: Jason Armstrong 7th dan;

Legal Advisor: Adrian Cartland, 3rd-dan (TJKN-SA Seacliff dojo)

Venue, Date & Time

Saturday 21s of April, 2017

Location is Fig Tree Pocket State Primary school, 72 Cubberla St, Fig Tree Pocket.

9:30am arrival then you must sign-in no later than 9:50am (to check all payments have been made).

There will be a Taiko Drum Performnce for competitor march in (as dojo groups) rules brief for all events at 10am, competitors and divisions posted, then an official bow-in ceremony before the commencement of karate events at 10:15am.

Note: we will be endeavouring to work through the younger kids quickly in the morning, but tournaments, like cricket matches or little athletics,do require a presence for a number of hours as we move through your child’s different events, especially for kids who are older/higher ranked. A BBQ will be running and plenty of activity space at the venue exists and the adjacent oval is visbile to parents from the hall.

Again there will be a Taiko Drum (large traditional Japanese drums) performnce for the competitor march in (as dojo groups) at 10am

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Just one entry fee per person regardless of how many events you enter.

Registration Deadline: completed online registration forms as well as payment must be submitted no later than:

midnight on Saturday 5th of Apr - sorry but no registrations on the day.

The Karate Theory Manual

kata, shuhari & bunbu ryodo

The White to Black Journey

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$35 per competitor for students who belong to dojo(s) of the Traditional Japanese Karate Network

$TBD (insurance dependent) per competitor for students who belong to dojo(s) who are NOT in the Traditional Japanese Karate Network.

Waiver: On the morning of the competition itself you will be required to sign an insurance form/waiver upon arrival, after confirming your attendance at the registration desk at 9:30am. You will need to ensure that your guardian is present with you at the registration desk to sign otherwise you will not be able to participate in the tournament.

What to bring

  • Traditional white dogi top and pants
  • Belt appropriate to your rank (no separate tournament belt required, e.g. Aka/Ao)
  • mouth guard required for ippon kumite and kumite & strongly recommended for bunkai and flag sparring .

Kumite events also require:

  • Mouth guard
  • Karate hand mitts (for Ippon kumite & kumite events; we will have this protection gear for sale on the day if needed (gloves $29, leg & foot pads $40). Must be WKF equivalent (does not need to be our organization's version though) for example see here...
  • Groin guard (for boys sparring)
  • for kids events (but not adults) we want to protect their growing bones, therefore shin/closed foot/toe guards for eye protection are required (for those sparring; we will have this protection gear for sale on the day if needed (WKF equivalent gloves $29, leg & foot pads $40)). In the case of adult competitors we follow the more traditional route of not over padding the body so students learn how to receive and throw techniques without damaging themselves.
  • Chest protector (females only sparring, optional)

* standard competition karate mitts are a requirement of this competition for ippon kumite & kumite. MMA gloves, boxing, cotton only mits, and so on are not appropriate for the safety of your opponent. Gloves an leg pads with closed toes for eye protection must be WKF equivalent (does not need to be our organization's version though, nor do we care about branding/logo) for example see here...


Kata and Team Kata

Kata and Team Kata will be done using side by side elimination (depending on the round we may include scored on a points scale from 0.0 to 10.0). Placings are awarded based on the highest total scores (sum of all judges), and in the event of ties the lowest and highest scores are removed progressively to determine placing.

Kihon Demonstartion (4-6yrs only - Little Tigers)

  • Using using side by side elimination (AKA vs SHIRO):
  • Standing in shoulder width stance, students will demonstrate a double stomach punch (chudan seiken)
  • Standing in shoulder width stance, students will demonstrate an upper block (jodan-uke also called age-uke)
  • Standing in forward stance students will demonstrate a step over stomach punch (chudan oizikuki)
  • Standing in forward stance students will demonstrate a step over stomach kick with hands down by their sides in a fist (chudan maegeri)
  • * kiai is encouraged to be delivered on every technique
kids flag sparring.wmv

Flag sparring

Flag sparring is a form of practice sparring for 4-7 yr olds to establish block counter skills. It requires juniors to grab the opponent’s tags (one 'flag' placed on the left and right side of each competitor's hip, in the belt). The students will do well if they block attempted grabs on them and counter grab (but any strategy is OK as long you steal the other's flag). It also simulates Ippon Shobu as each flag is worth Waza-ari or half a point (the first to Ippon, one full point, is the winner). This is a safe and fun jiyu-kumite option available to all our younger competitors under 7 years of age and under. Mouth guards recommended (we supply head gear).

Pad hitting relay race

A division for 4-7yr olds grouped into teams of three (list your team's name during the registration process). Lining up straight and quietly at the beginning and end of your relay is part of the scoring for a victory. Teams of three will line up straight & quiet in "musubidachi" and on hajime (beign) kids must run about 15m to an impact pad and do 2 punches on the red circle then run back and tag the next person in their team to run up to the impact pads until all 3 kids have been through once, then kids repeat the process with the 2nd run up to be a double kick on the pad's red circle. First team to finish and be lined up straight and quiet wins. If the kids miss the red circle for any given punch or kick the supervisors/pad holder will instruct them to do another until they hit the target twice. *Ideally we make an age spread so one 7yr old is mixed with 2 other younger ones & the 7yr old is Team Captain.

Ippon kumite

For all traditional dojo in such styles as Shotokan & Shito-ryu, Ippon Kumite has been the foundation of partner engagement for an understanding of distance, control, precision tracking, clean technique, countering options and fudoshin. As is the custom for kids in many karate tournaments in Japan, this part of the competition will include step over face punch, step over kick & step over body punch (in that order) will be performed by both competitors from left kamae only. Mouth guards required, gloves required & shin pads recommended (we will have this protection gear for sale on the day in case you do not have your own yet (gloves $30, leg & foot pads $40).

Gloves an leg pads must be WKF equivalent (does not need to be our organization's version though, nor do we care about branding/logo) for example see here...

Theory Competition (4-6yrs only - Little Tigers & 7yrs)

  • A form & pencils will be handed out (much like a restaurant activity sheet) to kids sitting in a ring where they will attempt to write some words (see below for differing age groups), answer questions and know where Australia, China and Japan is on a map. If any two children score the same mark, the difference will be decided by neatness.
    • 4 & 5yr olds theory competition will cover
      • ring judge first talks with the kids about where karate comes from ("Japan" OK for this age group)
      • try and write: their first & last 1) name 2) karate 3) kick 4) Japan
      • color in Australia and Japan on a provided map (questions 5 & 6)

    • 6 & 7yr olds theory competition will cover
      • try and write: 1) their first & last name 2) karate 3) kick 4) punch
      • color in 5) Australia 6) China 7) Japan on a provided map
      • write down where does karate come from (question 8; answer "Japan" for this age group)
      • what is the main martial art in China (question 9)
      • what is their karate style name (question 10; e.g. Shotokan, Shito-ryu, xxxx)
      • ring judge has a very brief talk with the kids about " what does "Do" in Karate-Do mean (answer to be "pen and sword" or development of a strong and smart mind & strong body) "


As the saying goes:

"In Karate or a street altercation, just as in life, you get once chance."

For adults and kids over 12yrs our traditional tournaments are based our kumite bouts on the time tested unchanged rules of Ippon Shobu Kumite, which originated from the 1950s (made most famous by the JKA and the All Japan Championships of that era). Ippon Shobu enables an opponent to end a bout with one point Ippon (or two 'half-points' Waza-ari at the most) and emphasizes this key point of karate's philosophy, rather than the more sports-karate oriented rule sets which span bouts over a larger range of points (e.g. 4, 6 or 8).

However, for younger kids (8yrs-11yrs) we want to provide them a chance to build experience through repetition, so this tournament will include non-contact sparring matches (kumite) spanning 4 points (4 wazari). Mouth guards required, gloves required & shin-foot pads required (we will have this protection gear for sale on the day if needed (SMAI WKF gloves $30, leg & foot pads $40). For boys they must also wear groin guards (can be purchased from most sports stores for cricket).

Gloves an leg pads must be WKF equivalent (does not need to be our organization's version though, nor do we care about branding/logo) for example see here...


Bunkai (this differs from our adult classical bunkai with street fighting stats applied - see section on kids bunkai in the Karate Theory Manual, section 9.6). Unlike for adults, for kids we take a post-1950s sports approach to bunkai being under 12yrs of age i.e. no head butts, knees, eye gouges etc.. However, even for kids, we do observe some classical/traditional aspects of bunkai in that high heads kicks are not deemed as self defense practical and are not part of bunkai.

Note: If students are doing a very basic stance oriented kata (i.e a tachi kata like Shihozuki ichiban) both competitors can demonstrate the same bunkai (the video above shows kids doing a more advanced kata where each side does a different bunkai).

Demonstration of bunkai involves a team of 2 competitors performing 2 sections of their chosen kata. One team member lines up on the AKA (red) position and the other on SHIRO (white) facing the audience. Both simultaneously perform the segment of the kata that appears earliest in the sequence, then turn to each other and AKA performs the bunkai once slow on SHIRO to clearly indicate the application (without dialogue), then once at full speed. Both then turn back to the audience and simultaneously perform the second selected segment that appears later in the kata. They turn to each other and SHIRO performs that bunkai once slowly on AKA and then once at full speed. Both then turn and bow to the audience, awaiting scores. This is a team event, so both competitors must be well-versed in executing their selection of the team's bunkai and to be a convincing uke when their partner performs. Bunkai judging will be based on the speed, power, fluidity and practicality of the 2 bunkai, scored as a team (the same scoring range as Kata and Team Kata). This event is about not about executing an exhaustive display of every bunkai in the kata, nor acrobatic and fanciful techniques (for example, head kicks are not part of traditional karate kata nor do street police and hospital statistics indicate that they are common to assault/self defense related injuries).

Inquiries: email us (below), or call Jason Armstrong (040 9208143) for more information. Email is the most reliable and efficient method of contact using our contact us page:

There will be event t-shirts on sale of teh day, sorry we are not taking pre-orders so first-in-first served on the day. Visiting sensei bringing students will receive a gift t-shirt (hence adult versions exists in white & black), kids shirts will be grey as pictured below.

Archived Tournament Results:

2017 Competitor Results with Draws & Scores

Teams and draws for the day have been posted above. Some notes:

1. Where we needed fillers we decided to allow 7yr olds to join in for the Pad Relay - it will make the event a little more padded out. For the most part, the 7yr olds have been labelled as Team Captains, their job is to keep their teams quiet, lined up & organized - as that in the end usually determines who wins.

2. In a few cases we have mixed dojo people so as many as possible can be in teams. An example, of this & bullet 1, Louella as a 7yr old from from Mapleton has been added to a Fig Tree Pocket pad relay team (for the most part, teams have only one 7yr old to balance competition i.e. no one team will have three 7yr olds).

3. 7yr olds (10th to 8th kyu only) have been added to the "Kihon Comp" - this has added an extra event for them.

4. If there were not at least 3 competitors in a division - they were pooled with the next closest division.