IKK Kata Rules

IKK Kata Rules 2020 PDF Download
IKK Kata 2020 Entry Form and Kata choice PDF Download

1) Area

A. No fixed sized, although must large enough to complete any kata, including for team events.
B. Flat, without any hazards.
C. Area can be matted or bare floor.
D. Tape will be applied to the floor to give competitors a starting point.
E. Five chairs for judges, one on each corner and one centre front of area.

2) Judges

A. Must wear usual referee/judges uniform: grey trousers, white t-shirt sleeve shirt (ideally with chest pocket), official tie, whistle, smart shoes.
B. No shoes to be worn when judging (to avoid dirtying the competition area), bare feet or plain black socks.
C. Five judges to each competition area, can rotate the judges around the competition area after each competitor, this allows all judges to be a main judge upon rotation.
D. The main judge to be placed at the front middle of competition area and is responsible for calling the commands for the start/end of kata, whistle commands for judges to show/lower scoreboards.
E. Judge categories will be;
Level 1: may judge all categories (Judge to be 3rd Dan or higher)
Level 2: may judge in categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12 & 13 (cannot judge higher than 2nd kyu katas, judge would need to be at minimum 1st kyu).
Level 3: may judge in categories 1, 2 & 5 (cannot judge higher than 6th kyu katas, judge would need to be at minimum 4th kyu)

3) Announcer/Scorekeeper

A. Calls up the competitors upon their turn.
B. Reads aloud the points given by the judges.
C. Announces the actual score once calculated by scorekeeper.

A. Registers the scores given by the judges.
B. Calculates the actual score.
C. Calculates the total scores to establish who goes through to the final.
One announcer and one scorekeeper per competition area.
No uniform required, although ideally wearing a club/official t-shirt.
Does not need to be a senior student, can be a parent, lower graded student, etc. but must be an adult.

4) Competitor

A. Must be wearing a clean, correctly fitting gi with unrolled sleeves.
B. Teams must be comprised of three people. The head of the team at the front with other two standing behind (in a triangle type format)

5) Running of competition

A. In each round the entire category is to be lined up at the back of the competition area, with the exception of the final, as this will be only the top three of each category.
B. The announcer will call the name of the competitor/team. The competitor/team will make their way to the middle back edge of the competition area and bow. The main judge will signal for the competitor/team to enter the competition area and walk to the starting position and bow. The main judge will shout “Kata”. The competitor/head of team will state the name of their chosen kata; the main judge will then repeat the name of the kata and give the commands to start.
C. The competitor/team will hold their final position until the main judge calls “Naore”. They will return to the starting point and wait for their score.
D. The main judge will wait for all judges to finish writing their score (this is acknowledged by placing their hand on top of their scoreboard) and will call for the scores by shouting “Hantei” followed by a sharp blast of their whistle. All judges in unison will raise their scoreboards above their head toward the announcer/scorekeeper table. Once the announcer has called all of the scoreboards, the main judge will blast the whistle again to signal the turn of scoreboards towards the spectators, pause for a moment and then whistle again to lower the boards.
E. Once the announcer has called the actual score, the competitor/team will bow, step backward from the starting point and bow again as leaving the competition area.
F. All competitors/teams will choose their katas from the relevant lists below, with the exception of category 9 (adult black belt), where their first choice of kata will be randomly chosen by the main judge by shuffling cards with the names of the katas from the list below. The main judge will call the name of the kata and the competitor will repeat it back. Main judge will the give the commands to start the kata and proceed as all other categories. No kata can be performed twice.
G. All competitors/teams will perform two rounds, with the three highest scoring in each category to compete in a third round to establish the winner and final placings.
H. At the end of the second round, once the scores from the first and second rounds have been added together, it will be announced who will be in the final.

6) Scoring

A. The scoring range is between 6.0-8.0.
B. The starting point for all categories will be 7.0 with points added or deducted with consideration to the following.
• The competitor must show good concentration, application of power, balance and correct breathing.
• The correct stances and techniques in the correct positions.
• Must demonstrate a good understanding of the kata in particular the strength, speed, control required.
• In a team event look for the timing and movement in unison.
C. When the judges raise their scorecards, the announcer will call out each score, during this time the scorekeeper records all of the scores, but will disregard the highest and lowest score and will add together the remaining three scores, to give us the competitor’s actual score. The announcer will then call out the actual score.
D. In the event of a tie at the end of the second round, the lowest scores may be added to the actual score.
If there is still a tie, the highest scores may be added. If a tie still persists the competitors will be asked to perform another kata of their choice but cannot perform the same kata twice.
E. The scores from round one and round two are added together to determine which three will compete in the final.
F. Only the scores awarded in the final are used to establish the final placings.
G. Juniors will be allowed to restart their kata if the competitor is severely disrupted/lose their place.
If the competitor is disrupted again, the main judge may call in the corner judges and decide the next step, if competitor is to be allowed a third and final attempt, to go unscored or be awarded a partial score for the portion of kata completed (this would be on the lowest possible range of the score board, possibly falling below the specified range. This would be at the discretion of the judges).
H. Seniors will not be permitted to restart their katas, unless interruption outside of their control (fire alarm, etc.)

7) Categories


Junior Students 11 & Under
Senior Students 12+
Category 1: White, Orange and Red belts Category 5: White, Orange, Red and Blue belt
Category 2: Blue Belts Category 6: Yellow belt and Green belts
Category 3: Yellow Belts Category 8: Brown belts 16+
Category 4: Green Belts Category 9: Black belts 16+
Youth 15 & Under
Veterans 40+
Category 7: Youth Brown & Black belts Category 10: Up to & including 3rd kyu
Category 11: 2nd kyu and above


Team up to and including 3rd Kyu
High Grade Team 2nd Kyu+
Category 12: 11 & Under Category 14: 2nd kyu+ (all ages)
Category 13: Age 12+  

Kata Choice

Categories 1, 2 & 5
(White, Orange, Red & Blue belts)
1. Taikyoku Sono Ichi
2. Taikyoku Sono Ni
3. Taikyoku Sono San
4. Pinan Sono Ichi
5. Pinan Sono Ni
Categories 3, 4 & 6
(Yellow & Green)
1. Taikyoku Sono San
2. Pinan Sono Ichi
3. Pinan Sono Ni
4. Pinan Sono San
5. Pinan Sono Yon
6. Pinan Sono Go
7. Gekisai Dai
Categories 7 & 8
(Brown belts and Youth Brown and Black belts)
1. Pinan Sono Yon
2. Pinan Sono Go
3. Gekisai Dai
4. Yanstu
5. Tsuki No Kata
6. Saiha
7. Gekisai Sho
8. Kanku Dai
9. Seienchin
Category 9
(Senior Black belts)
Compulsory Kata

(Judges choice by shuffling cards with the kata names on)
1. Pinan Sono Ni
2. Pinan Sono San
3. Pinan Sono Yon
4. Pinan Sono Go

Choice of Kata

1. Yanstu
2. Tsuki No Kata
3. Saiha
4. Gekisai Sho
5. Kanku Dai
6. Seienchin
7. Seipai
8. Garyu
9. Sushiho

Category 10
(Low Grade Veterans)
1. Taikyoku Sono Ichi
2. Taikyoku Sono Ni
3. Taikyoku Sono San
4. Pinan Sono Ichi
5. Pinan Sono Ni
6. Pinan Sono San
7. Pinan Sono Yon
8. Sanchin No Kata
9. Pinan Sono Go
10. Gekisai Dai
Category 11
(High Grade Veterans)
1. Sanchin No Kata
2. Pinan Sono Yon
3. Pinan Sono Go
4. Gekisai Dai
5. Yanstu
6. Tsuki No Kata
7. Tensho
8. Saiha
9. Gekisai Sho
10. Kanku Dai
11. Seienchin
12. Seipai
13. Garyu
14. Sushiho
Categories 12 & 13
(Low Grade Teams)
1. Taikyoku Sono Ichi
2. Taikyoku Sono Ni
3. Taikyoku Sono San
4. Pinan Sono Ichi
5. Pinan Sono Ni
6. Pinan Sono San
7. Pinan Sono Yon
8. Pinan Sono Go
9. Gekisai Dai
Category 14
(High Grade Teams)
1. Pinan Sono Yon
2. Pinan Sono Go
3. Gekisai Dai
4. Yanstu
5. Tsuki No Kata
6. Saiha
7. Gekisai Sho
8. Kanku Dai
9. Seienchin
10. Seipai
11. Garyu
12. Sushiho