The Queensland Junior Traditional Karate Network Championships 2017

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tournament for traditional karate styles & karate-ka 4yrs to 11 yrs of age

 Saturday 20th May 2017 (10am to 3pm)

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 Officials: Jason Armstrong 7th dan; Jason Griffiths 5th dan; Garry Edwards sensei 5th Dan; Greg Scovell 4th Dan; Jaki Scovell 3rd Dan; Wayne Edwards 3rd Dan, Lois Rowley 2nd dan & Grant Ribbink 2nd dan.

Legal Advisor: Adrian Cartland, 2nd-dan (TJKN-SA Seacliff dojo)

Venue, Date & Time

Saturday 20th of May, 2017

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

9:30am arrival for a 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.

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

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.

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 10th of May

                                   (strictly no registrations on the day).

Registration & Payment:

             - Note: the TJKN is an international organisation, hence all payment methods are in USD (adjusted for exchange rate)

             - This covers entry for as many events as you are eligible and wish to participate in

             - Your insurance fee is already pre-paid as you are a current member of one of the Qld TJKN dojo(s)
                      i.e. Redlands, Fig Tree Pocket, Mappleton, Mooloolaba, Northern Beaches - Mackay.


             - Note: the TJKN is an international organisation, hence all payment methods are in USD (adjusted for exchange rate)

             - This covers entry for as many events as you are eligible and wish to participate in

             - This includes your insurance fee


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 $30, leg & foot pads $40).
  • Groin guard (for boys sparring)
  • for kids events (but not adults) we want to protect their growing bones, therefore  shin/foot guards are required (for those sparring; we will have this protection gear for sale on the day if needed (WKF SMAI certified gloves $30, 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 thow 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.


  • Kata and Team Kata 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
  • 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).

Kids flag sparring - California footage

  • Pad hitting relay race
    A division for 4-6yr 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.
  • 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 required (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)).
  • 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
      • write the words: their first name, karate, kick, Japan
      • color in Australia and Japan on a provided map
      • where does karate come from (answer "Japan" for this age group)

    • 6 & 7yr olds theory competition will cover
      • write: their first & last name, karate, kick, punch, Japan
      • color in Australia, China and Japan on a provided map
      • where does karate come from (answer "Japan" for this age group)
      • what is the main martial art in China
      • what is their karate style name (e.g. Shotokan, Shito-ryu, xxxx)
      • write a sentence containing the word "respect"
      • what does "Do" in  Karate-Do mean (answer to be "pen and sword" or development of the mind physical training)
  • Kumite:
  • 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).
  • 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.

Bunkai 7 & 8yrs at the Aust Traditional Karate Championships

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.                            


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