Florida’s Premiere
Karate Tournament

National Qualifier – USA Karate / US Olympic Committee

March 3rd, 2019
University of Florida - Exactech Arena
Gainesville, FL USA

The Katsu Challenge is an official qualifier for the USA Karate National Championships held in July each year.  All athletes that compete will be qualified to compete at Nationals.  USA Karate is the only governing body for sport karate recognized by the US Olympic Committee.

The Katsu Challenge is also an official sport of the Sunshine State Games.   The SSGs are an Olympic style sports festival sponsored by the State of Florida.  Over 30 different sports are offered throughout the year.  The KC is one of the first events of the Games for 2019.


Registration for the Katsu Challenge/Sunshine State Games is now available! You can register online or download the paper registration form by going to the Registration Section.


All athletes competing in the Katsu Challenge must fill out the Event Questionnaire and turn it in at the Check-In table when entering the Exactech Arena.  This form is generated by the Gainesville Sports Commission (GCS).  The GCS is instrumental in providing us funds to secure the Arena for our event.

Download Event Questionnaire


All athletes must confirm their registration was received and entered correctly by viewing the Athlete Check-In list below. We will post when the list is updated and send you an email when your info is posted. Email us at karate@katsudojo.com to fix any information.

Athlete Check-In List (Thru Monday, Feb 18th)


Morning staging times for Kata will be posted here the Thursday morning before the event.  The first divisions must report directly to their rings or staging by 8:45 am.  The tournament will start at exactly 9:00 am.