Level Years of Training
Beginners 0-1 years
Novice 1-2 years
Intermediate 2-3 years
Advanced 3 years and over
  • Black belts must register as Advanced
  • Brown belts must register as Intermediate or Advanced
  • Must register for one level higher than last year


Division Division
5 & Under 14 - 15 years
6 - 7 years 16 - 17 years
8 - 9 years 18 - 34 years
10 - 11 years 35 and over
12 - 13 years

*The tournament director reserves the right to change or combine divisions if there is less than five competitors per division.



  • A random pairing of competitors will perform next to one another. Advanced adults will perform individually.
  • Male and female divisions will be combined except for Advanced 14-34.
  • All competitors may repeat the same kata in each round.
  • Beginner and Novice competitors must perform katas at their skill level. They may not perform advanced katas.
  • Intermediate and Advanced kata competitors may perform any kata


  • All white karate uniform with one small patch allowed on left chest.
  • Competitors will wear red belt for Aka or blue belt for Ao.
  • Belts will be provided for those that do not have their own.



WKF Rules Modified: applies to Beginners, Novice, Intermediate,
13 & under Advanced, and all 35+

  • 1 Minute 30 Second Rounds (Stop time)
  • Single Elimination
  • Winner is first to reach 8 points or lead at time expiration
  • Light "Skin Touch" contact is allowed with head kicks
  • No one 17 and under allowed contact with head punches

WKF Rules: Advanced Divisions 14 - 34

  • 2 Minute Rounds (Stop Time) for 14 - 17 PKF and WKF women
  • 3 Minute Rounds (Stop Time) for WKF men
  • Winner is first to have lead of 8 points or lead at time expiration
  • WKF rules for contact

You may download the complete WKF Rulebook here.


  • All white uniform with one small patch on left chest allowed
  • Mouth guard and groin protectors (males only). This will be checked in staging. Those are missing this equipment will not be allowed to compete.
  • WKF style red and blue sparring gloves. Gloves will be provided for those that do not have their own.
  • Red and blue belts. Belts will be provided for those that do not have their own.
  • White foam helmets are mandatory for competitors 9 and under.  Helmets will be provided for those that don't have their own.
  • WKF or USANKF approved foot protectors are optional