Kata Judging Criteria

Kata Requirements

As part of the above changes, there will be specific kata requirements for each grade division. This is to ensure that all competitors perform a common kata for the 1st round of competition. From the 2nd round onwards, competitors will perform katas according to the following guidelines:

8th – 7th kyu Division
First round kata – Taigyoku Shodan
Second round onwards – Either Taigyoku Shodan or Nidan, Saifa, Bassai Dai
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

6th – 4th kyu Division
First round kata – Saifa
Second round onwards – Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin, Empi
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

3rd – 1st kyu Division (14 yrs & over only)
First round kata – Bassai Dai
Second round onwards – Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin, Empi, Sanseru, Sepai, Hangetsu,
Kanku-Dai, Kururunfa
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

3rd kyu + division (5 – 13 yrs only)
First round kata – Bassai Dai
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus from Saifa upwards
Competitors may repeat any kata previously performed as they progress through each round.

Black Belt Divisions (35 yrs +)
First round onwards – Either Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin or Empi
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus
Competitors must perform a different kata in each subsequent round.
Competitors who reach ‘finals’ rounds may repeat a kata they’ve already performed.

Open Divisions (Jnr & Snr)
First round kata – Either Saifa, Bassai Dai, Seuinchin or Empi
Second round onwards – Any kata in GKR Karate syllabus
Competitors must perform a different kata in each subsequent round.
Competitors who reach ‘finals’ rounds may repeat a kata they’ve already performed.

Note #1: There will be no repechage system for Jnr or Snr Open divisions at WC 2019.

Note #2: None of the above conditions apply to team kata. Any kata may be performed in all team kata divisions, and may be repeated each subsequent round.

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