Kata Described

Article I - General

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  1. Kata (Form) Competition: Kata competition demonstrates Traditional Kata through individual and team matches. Team matches also demonstrate both Kata and application of Kata. Order of winners is determined by point scoring; the higher the score, the higher the winner's placement.

  2. Kata competition is divided into the following categories:
    • Men's Individual
    • Women's Individual 
    • Men's Team (3 persons)
    • Women's Team (3 persons)

  3. Type of Kata: Competitors shall be required to select Katas only from the following, although exceptions will be allowed in case of different style Katas having the same origins but who's name pronunciations are different.
    • A-Nan-Kun (A-Nan-Ku) 
    • Bassai (Pasai) Dai, Sho - Includes Itosu, Matsumura, Yabu, etc.
    • Chin-Tei (Chinte)
    • En-Pi (Wan-Shu)
    • Gan-Kaku (Chin-to)
    • Gojyu-Shi-Ho (U-Sei-Shi) Dai, Sho
    • Han-Getsu (Sei-Shan)
    • Ji-In
    • Ji-On
    • itte
    • Kan-Ku (Ku-Chan-Ku) Dai, Sho - Includes Sho-Ho-Ku-Chan-ku
    • Kan-Shiwa
    • Kuru-Run-Ha
    • Ni-Jyu-Shi-Ho (Ni-Sei-Shi)
    • Mei-Kyo
    • Roh-Hai Sho-Dan, Ni-Dan, San-Dan: Matsumura, etc.
    • Sai-Ha
    • San-Se-Ru
    • Se-San
    • Sei-En-Chin
    • Sei-Pai
    • Shin-So-Chin
    • So-Chin
    • Supa-Rin-Pan (Becchu-Rin, Hyaku-Hachi-Ho)
    • Un-Su (Un-Shu)
    • Wan-Kan
    • Body Dynamics
    • Power
    • Form
    • Transition

  4. Scoring: At elimination time, the scoring shall be determined on the basis of the viewpoint of Judges according to the formula of Basic Points minus Penalty Points.

    At final match time (except Synchronized Kata Application), the scoring formula shall be Basic Points plus Skill Points minus Penalty Points.

    Final matches of Synchronized Kata competition: Scoring is derived from score of Kata (3 person) and Application of that same Kata.

    Application scoring is based on Application points minus penalty points. A. Basic Points are arrived at from four factors:

  5. The scoring criteria shall be as follows:

    •  Body Dynamics - Degree or rate of power generated by the body dynamics and muscle action with proper breathing.

    • Power: 
      • Efficiency and focus of power with respect to the objective of the technique.
      • Degree of power and speed control appropriately matching the objective of the technique;
      • Degree of strength of will ("Spirit").

    • Form:
      • Degree of proper matching intended purpose of technique;
      • Degree of balance (stance, posture and coherence);
      • Degree of emotional stability and mental concentration.

    • Transition:
      • Quality of skill performance in body shifting
      • Quality of continuity from technique to technique
      • Appropriate tempo to match the technique objective