A karate tournament & asscoiated seminars, open to all traditional karate styles
Saturday 8th April
Event Committee Members
President: Valentino Cox, 7th-dan (TJKN-SA Kensington dojo)
Secretary: Sarven McLinton, 3rd-dan (TJKN-SA Magill dojo)
Legal Advisor: Adrian Cartland, 2nd-dan (TJKN-SA Seacliff dojo)
Bunkai Advisors: Jason Armstrong 7th-dan; Jason Griffiths 5th-dan; Greg Scovell 4th-dan
Event Officials: Jason Armstrong 7th-dan; Tracy Ellis; Jonathon Harvey; Damien Ellis; Simon Pazos Quintana; Will Vejo; George Zervas
Venue, Date & Time
Saturday 8th of April, 2017
Location is Adelaide, West Beach Primary school, 3 Woodhead street, West Beach.
8:30am arrival for a sign-in no later than 9am. There will be a rules brief for all events at 9am, competitors and divisions posted,
then an official bow-in ceremony for the commencement of the event at 9:30am.
This year we will also be running 2 key seminar events on the Sunday, "Pathway to Sensei" (invite only for higher ranks & "A next level look at Seienchin bunkai" led by Renshi Jason Griffiths). For seminar details see our event page karate events calendar......
Online Registration: Scroll down to complete all fields click submit (refresh the page/form if you have more than one student to enter), then pay for entry online with the links below the entry fields in the shopping cart.
Registration Deadline: completed online registration forms as well as payment must be submitted no later than:
midnight on 1st April
Tournament Sign-up & Registration
Registration & Payment:
Waiver: On the morning of the competition itself you will be required to sign an insurance form upon arrival, after confirming your attendance at the registration desk at 8:30am. For competitors under 18, 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
Kumite events also require:
* PU dipped is the standard competition karate mitt and a requirement of this competition. MMA gloves, boxing, cotton only mits, and so on are not appropriate for the safety of your opponent.
Rules Seminars - TBD date
TJKN SA are holding a small session to prime karate-ka on the rules and tournament etiquette. These are primarily for dojo heads and are more intimate seminars where you can ask questions and discuss judging in hypothetical scenarios. The reason this is targeted at dojo heads is because your sensei can attend, learn the rules style, bowing etiquette (etc.) and then pass that information on to all the students in your club who are interested in entering, and frame it in a context that is appropriate for your club (e.g. decide how your club as a whole will approach bowing etiquette for kata, given that each style might differ slightly in approach). Dojo heads can learn the back-end of tournament judging so that they can understand how/why points are awarded in order to prime their students, however the panel of judging staff on the day of the tournament are only Sensei and Sempai from TJKN clubs.
This seminar is identical to those held in previous years, so dojo heads who have already attended already have the information required to prepare your students for the tournament (though you may attend again for revision of material if desired). Email the "Inquiries" address at the bottom of this page for registration. The seminar is free of charge.
Kids flag sparring - California footage
This is an example of a bunkai sequence, where the competitors have selected two sections of the kata Bassai-Dai. Note that the competitors must perform the section of the kata together, then turn to eachother and show the bunkai that maps that section slowly and deliberately so that the audience can see clearly how their selected application fits the kata sequence, then once at full speed with control so as not to injure their partner but still make it evident that the bunkai is practical and can be applied against resistance. Also note that the competitors can reposition themselves wherever they see fit in order to ensure that the audience can see the bunkai from the most optimal viewpoint (before bowing to eachother and performing their bunkai they can walk around or past eachother anywhere on the mat, as long as they return to their former positions when executing the second section of the kata or bowing out). If these aspects are not taken in to account it will affect the team's score. For example, not executing a bunkai slowly and deliberately enough the first time around means you are not taking the opportunity to clarify to the judges how your selected application maps to each of the individual kata moves and overall sequence. Since you cannot use words to express yourself you need to be clear in your motions.
Bunkai should be both practical and classical
As a traditional karate event, this tournament strives to propagate a traditional approach to self-defence that must also be real-world appropriate. Consequently, the bunkai you decide to perform must be both practical and classical.
Below is a video of TJKN Sensei Jason Griffiths (5th-dan) & Wayne Edwards (2nd Dan) demonstrating for you one iconic bunkai point from 3 different kata. These have been selected because they are both practical, and classical (with background description given, so that you can see where the bunkai originate).
Your bunkai will need to ‘tick the box’ for being both practical and classical. As long as this requirement is met, then all competitors are judged on how well they execute the bunkai they have selected to perform (as outlined above). In preparation for this event, consult your sensei when considering which bunkai to demonstrate.
Inquiries: email us (below), or call Sarven McLinton (0416 339 619) for more information. Email is the most reliable and efficient method of contact:
Click here to go to the
Past Years Aust Champs Tournament Results
Bunkai Book on which the tournament rules are based